Wingate. London. 1951 Hardback; purple cloth-bound boards 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. English. 230 x 155mm. 0.5kg. . Very good, in good dust jacket; some wear to jacket, light wear to forecorners, wear to base of spine with short 2cm tear, wear to head of spine with 2.5cm loss, folds rubbed and browned, spine browned, price-clipped; offsetting to endpapers, no inscriptions.
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 Sadler'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.