Cyril Beaumont. Illustrations by A. P. Allinson.
London. C. W. Beaumont. 1918. Yellow printed card boards, stitched, with a geometric design in black, white title-label mounted to front board. 12 pages. One full-page and four smaller text illustrations by Adrian Paul Allinson, all hand-coloured. 255 x 185mm (10 x 7¼"). 0.1kg. . English. Near fine; slight wear to boards, some very slight spotting to fore-edge; a very clean copy.
The first number in Cyril Beaumont's Impressions of the Russian Ballet series. In Cleopatra the theatre critic gives an account of the Russian Ballet staged by Diaghilev at the London Coliseum Theatre in September 1918, describing the choreography, dancers, sets, costumes, music and plot. His words are accompanied by Adrian Paul Allinson's charming hand-coloured line drawings. The one-act ballet had first been staged by the Ballets Russes in 1909, with sets designed by Bakst. These sets were destroyed by fire in 1917 and this war-time production featured new sets by Robert Delaunay and costumes by Sonia Delaunay. The dancers included Lubov Tchernicheva, Léonide Massine and Lydia Lopokova.