Paris: de Brunoff, 1922. Limited Edition, #258/325. Quarto, 194 pages; VG; bound in brown leather, patterned paper covered boards, fore edges full leather; spine has light brown label, triple-ruled gilt border, gilt lettering; mild rubbing and shelfwear, with small scratch along rear hinge; edges untrimmed; interior clean; limited edition, #258/325 signed by the editor, Mauric de Brunoff on limitation page; INSCRIBED on half-title by Svetloff, dated 11 Juillet 1931 to Lisa Gardiner. Lisa Gardiner was a former Anna Pavlova company dancer, who went on to found the Washington School of Ballet in 1944 with Mary Day.; shelved above case 2.
This is an attractively produced examination of the career of the great prima ballerina Anna Pavlova (1881-1931), who was at the height of her fame when it was published. Written by the leading St. Petersburg critic Valerian Svetloff, it begins with a background discussion of classical ballet, followed by accounts of Pavlova's classical training and performances in Imperial Russia, her breakthrough role in "Giselle" (which prompted her promotion to prima ballerina), and her work with her most important collaborator, the choreographer Michel Fokine. There is a brief autobiography by the dancer herself, and a listing of her repertoire of ballets and roles. The work is lavishly illustrated with photographs of the ballerina in various roles, among them her signature "Dying Swan," created for her by Fokine. There are also color illustrations of costumes and sets created by Leon Bakst and other noted designers. Pavlova was the first prima ballerina to form her own company and tour the world, and she became one of the first international superstars. This lavish production is testament to her fame and global appeal.;