The History of the Harlequin [SIGNED]

The History of the Harlequin [SIGNED]
The History of the Harlequin [SIGNED]The History of the Harlequin [SIGNED]The History of the Harlequin [SIGNED]

Cyril W. Beaumont. Preface by Sacheverell Sitwell. Cover design and decorations by Claudia Guercio [Freedman].

C. W. Beaumont. London. 1926. First edition. No. 270 of a limited edition of 325 copies signed by Beaumont. Hardback; illustrated paper-covered boards, backed with vellum spine with gilt title and decoration, edges untrimmed. 156 pages. Hand-coloured frontispiece, 4 hand-coloured plates, 39 monochrome plates, head- and tail-pieces. English. 265 x 200mm. 1.1kg. . Very good; slight occasional spotting and marks to boards; light browing to edges, slight spotting to edges and prelims, neat ink later gift inscription to front free endpaper.

Cyril Beaumont's study of the harlequin, with hand-coloured illustrations. Beaumont was the original balletomane, he ran a bookshop specialising in ballet and self-published numerous books on the subject. Here he turns his knowledge to the harlequin and the Commedia dell'Arte, describing the history of the character in Italy and in England. Sacheverell Sitwell, who shares his interest, provides the preface and the book is dedicated to him and his brother Osbert. The text is accompanied by many illustrations, including five hand-coloured plates. The cover and decorations were designed by artist and illustrator Claudia Guercio, later Claudia Freedman, wife of Barnett Freedman.

Price :  £275.00

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