Paris: Pierre Vorms, 1930. First Edition, First Printing. Small 4to (10 5/8 x 7 3/8 inches; 270 x 185 mm), 31,  pages, in printed wrappers. A sumptuously illustrated tribute to Serge Diaghilev's Ballets Russes, issued in 1930, one year after his death. Diaghilev (rendered here as Diaghilew) created one of the world's most innovative ballet and opera companies and hired some of the greatest artists of the 20th century to design sets and costumes. Artists represented here include Picasso, Laurencin, Braque, Derain, de Chirico, Rouault, Bakst, and others. The book features 19 plates depicting sets and costumes, with four of the plates in color. There is also a photo of Diaghilev taken several days before his death at the young age of 57. Michel Georges-Michel and Waldemar George have written introductions, while Nathalie Gontcharova has written about costumes; the book is illustrated with several of her designs for sets and costumes. There is also a complete list of the troupe's productions and a list of all the artists who designed sets and costumes. All text is in French. This book is scarce in the market and should not be confused with a 1955 revised edition. An altogether wonderful tribute to the Ballets Russes. SCARCE. Item #2043
CONDITION: Light edge wear, toning to the wrappers, especially the lower wrapper. Internally, clean, bright, and unmarked. A beautiful, Near Fine copy of a scarce book.