Tanaquil Le Clercq. Jacket design by Paul Omin.
Stein and Day. New York. 1966. First edition. Hardback; yellow boards backed with ivory cloth, gilt title, dust jacket. 424 pages. Illustrated throughout with over 250 b&w photographs. 235 x 155mm. 0.9kg. . Near fine, in near fine dust jacket; slight shelf wear to jacket, light ruffling to spine ends, light abrasion marks to spine, small original bookseller's sticker to base of rear panel, not price-clipped; slight browning and spotting to page edges.
A scarce copy of Tanaquil Le Clercq's celebrated Ballet Cook Book. Le Clercq, then wife of George Balanchine, was a principal dancer of the New York City Ballet. She retired from dancing after contracting polio and went on to write about ballet. Knowing ballet performers' predilection for fine and sustaining food, she asked her friends and fellow dancers for recipes to put towards a cook book. The contributions she received were expansive and represent cuisine from around the world. Contributors include Frederick Ashton, George Balanchine, Leslie Caron, Ninette de Valois, Margot Fonteyn, Tamara Karsavina, Serge Lifar, Rufolf Nureyev, Jerome Robbins and many others.