Designs of Leon Bakst for the Sleeping Princess. A Ballet in Five Acts after Perrault. Music by Tchaikovsky. Preface by André Levinson.
London: Benn Brothers Limited, 1923.
Bakst Designs For Sleeping Beauty
BAKST, Leon, [illustrator]. PICASSO, Pablo, [contributor]. The Designs of Leon Bakst for the Sleeping Princess. A Ballet in Five Acts after Perrault. Music by Tchaikovsky. Preface by André Levinson. London: Benn Brothers Limited, 1923.
One of 1,000 copies this being number 173. Folio (15 1/4 x 11 1/2 inches; 388 x 294 mm). Two color vignettes and fifty-four full-page color plates by Bakst (printed in France), and a full-page portrait of Leon Bakst by Pablo Picasso. Each plate with a tissue guard, printed with a caption.
Quarter vellum over light blue fine-grain cloth. Spine lettered in gilt. Top edge gilt, others uncut. Some minor rubbing and wear to board edge and corners. Minor discoloration to vellum at bottom back edge, but otherwise vellum is very clean. A very small tape residue mark to to lower corner of the mount of Plate XIV. A few light finger smudges and some very light toning. Overall a very good to fine copy.
"In less than six weeks- his time was necessarily restricted- Leon Bakst composed, or rather improvised the six scenes and the three hundred costumes (a whole world of pictorial fiction) which the ballet contains." (From the forward)
Niles & Leslie.