Oliver Messel. Introduction by James Laver & foreword by Charles B. Cochran.
London. John Lane. The Bodley Head Limited. 1933. First edition. No. 221 of a limited edition of 1,000 numbered copies. Inscribed in ink by Oliver Messel to front free end-paper - 'Oliver Messel / 'Hoping we shall soon / collaborate in more theatrical / work, & many thanks for all / the help over Helen etc.'. White buckram-bound boards, backed with black buckram with white title to spine, clear glassine dust jacket with title and illustration printed to front. [viii], 37 pages. Colour frontispiece and 55 hors-texte plates (7 in colour) reproducing photographs and drawings. 290 x 225mm (11½ x 8¾"). 1.2kg. . English. Very good in poor jacket; glassine jacket is torn into two pieces, with some tears and areas of loss; rubbing to head and base of spine, spine title worn, slight markings to white boards, some occasional spotting to prelims and edges.
A rare inscribed copy of Oliver Messel. Stage Designs and Costumes, a book which illustrates the masks, costumes and set designs created by Messel in the first decade of his career. The majority of the designs featured are for Helen (1932), The Miracle (1932; starring Tilly Losch and Diana Cooper), and Cochran's 1930 & 1931 Revues, all of which were produced by C.B. Cochran. It is Cochran who provides the glowing foreword to the book. The scarcity of the book suggests that less than the stated 1,000 copies were produced.