Paris: Publicité Commerciale & Théatrale, 1930. First edition. Softcover. Folio. Unpaginated. pp. Contemporary glassine over original illustrated wrappers by Ivan Bilibin.*
Splendidly illustrated throughout with numerous b/w photographic reproductions and twelve pages of tipped-in color illustrations by Boris Bilinsky,** this delightful souvenir program was published in conjunction with the performances of Alexander Borodin's "Prince Igor," Mikhail Glinka's "Ruslan and Ludmila," and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's "Sadko" at the Théatre des Champs-Elysées, Paris, in the Spring of 1930.
The b/w photographs depict the portraits of the directors, actors, dancers, singers, decorators involved in the performances.
Glassine slightly age-toned. Tape remnants along inner gutter of second page. Minor age-toning along paper margin. Text in French and English. Glassine in overall good to good+, wrappers and interior in good+ to very good condition. g to vg. Item #40850
* Ivan Yakovlevich Bilibin (1876-1942) was a 20th-century illustrator and stage designer who took part in the "Mir iskusstva," contributed to the Ballets Russes, became co-founder of the 'Association of Russian Painters, and since 1937 a member of the Painters Association of the USSR. Throughout his career, he was inspired by Slavic folklore.
** Boris Bilinsky (1900-1948) is a Russian-born costume designer, decorator and poster designer.