New York: St. Martin's Press, 1973. 1st US Edition. Small folio, publisher's orange cloth, spine gilt, original illustrated dust jacket.
Monograph on Russian painter, scenographer, and costume designer Leon Bakst, known for having rebelled against the traditional and increasingly insipid "stage realism" of the 19th century and revolutionizing theatre design. With his daring costume designs and exotic, wildly colorful sets which were popularized by their appearance in Sergei Diaghilev's Ballet Russes, his influence on the stage world became so vast that the years immediately before and after WWI have been called "the Bakst Era." Extensive text by Charles Spencer, with 277 illustrations including 34 plates in full color; with notes, a detailed list of illustrations and bibliography. Published simultaneously in the UK. Unclipped dust jacket with several closed tears, including to spine-ends, and light toning to edges. Very good. Item #1690