London. Wingate. 1951. Bound in purple cloth-bound hardback with silver titles, dust jacket, purple top edge. 86 pages. 64 b&w hors-texte plates, numerous b&w text illustrations, colour illustrated title-page. 230 x 155mm (9 x 6"). 0.5kg. . English. Near fine, in very good dust jacket; very slight wear to spine ends and top forecorner, light browning to spine with a small stain, not price-clipped; light offsetting to endpapers, no inscriptions, bookseller's label to rear endpaper.
Beaton's very personal account of his love affair with ballet. The book covers Beaton's lifelong interest in ballet, from watching The Palace Girls when young, through the Ballets Russes and Saddler's Wells, to designing productions for The Royal Ballet. His reminiscences and artistic comments are accompanied by his photographs and drawings of the great stars and choreographers of ballet from the first half of the 20th century - Lydia Lopokova, Leonide Massine, Tamara Karsavina, Serge Lifar, Kyra Nijinska, Margot Fonteyn, Frederick Ashton, George Balanchine, Christian Berard and Lord Berners.