London: Home & Van Thal Ltd., 1946. 1st Edition. Small quarto, publisher's black cloth, spine and upper board gilt, original photo-illustrated dust jacket.
British photographer Gordon Anthony’s portraits of Australian-born ballet legend Robert Helpmann. Recognized for his use of low-key lighting and shadow projections, Anthony’s studies of London’s theater personalities, specifically of Helpmann, played an important part in the popularization of British ballet. Illustrated throughout with 32 black-and-white plates of Helpmann in a variety of roles, including his inimitable interpretation of Satan in "godmother of English ballet" Ninette de Valois’s Job; with an introduction by Valois. Times obituary for Helpmann from 1986 tipped to front endpaper. Bookseller's ticket to front pastedown. Foxing to endpapers, corners gently banged; price-clipped dust jacket with significant chipping and wear. Good. Item #2846