Paris: Bernard Grasset, 1934. Limited First edition. Softcover. 1/1650. Quarto. 64, pp (Text), 60 leaves (Plates), pp. Uncut. Original printed dust-jacket over blind wrappers. Publisher's leaflet laid in. Frontispiece portrait of Serge Lifar by Pablo Picasso.
André Levinson's early account of the life and career of the great Ukranian-born French ballet dancer, Serge Lifar. Lifar was a principal dancer for the Ballets Russes and held the post of ballet master at the Paris Opera from 1930 to 1944 and 1947 to 1958. Accompanying the text are 60 striking photographic plates that reproduce original photographs taken of Lifar in his various ballet roles from 1924 to 1932. Several of the photographs are by Man Ray and Lipnitzki.
One of 1,650 copies on Vélin, of which this is No.1164.
Dust-jacket and wrappers at head and tail of spine slightly chipped. Tail of spine bumped, thus slightly affecting pages throughout. Pages slightly age-toned. Text in French. DJ and wrappers in overall good, interior in good+ to very good condition. g to vg. Item #40173