Academy Editions. London. 1973. Hardback; orange cloth-bound hardback, dust jacket. 248 pages. 277 illustrations, including 32 colour plates. English. 315 x 245mm. 1.7kg. 902620800. Very good, in very good dust jacket; light tanning to jacket at spine and top edge, not price-clipped; slight dustiness and spotting to top-edge.
A first edition of Charles Spencer's illustrated biography of Leon Bakst, the first full-length study of the artist since his death in 1924. Spencer attempts to re-assess Bakst's life and work, using previously unpublished and unknown material. He examines the artist's stage designs, as well as his work as a portraitist, fashion designer and mural artist. From the library of theatre designer David Collis, with his dated signature in pencil to front endpaper.