Designs on the Dances of Vaslav Nijinsky

George BARBIER   |   Francis de MIOMANDRE

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ONE OF ONLY 50 SIGNED BY GEORGE BARBIER: LIMITED FIRST EDITION IN ENGLISH OF NIJINSKY, WITH 12 SPLENDID HAND-COLORED EN POCHOIR ILLUSTRATIONS BY BARBIER

(NIJINSKY, Vaslav) BARBIER, George and MIOMANDRE, Francis de. Designs on the Dances of Vaslav Nijinsky. London: C.W. Beaumont, 1913. Tall, slim folio (11 by 15-1/2 inches), original printed paper wrappers. Housed in a custom chemise and clamshell box.

Limited first edition in English of this lavish visual tribute to the great Nijinsky, with 12 striking full-page line blocks by George Barbier, hand-colored en pochoir. This copy number 46 of only 50 copies signed by Barbier, Francis de Miomandre, and the editor.

“We have our despair, our sadness, our violated love and this thing, most dread of all— the passing of the days between our hands, helpless to cherish aught they give. But in the spring, the Russian Ballets and NIJINSKY return. And all is forgotten” (Francis de Miomandre). This glowing tribute is illustrated with 12 full-page, pochoir-colored line blocks of Nijinsky in his various roles by Art Deco legend George Barbier, who began his career as a costume and set designer for the Ballet Russes. Renowned for his achievement in costume and fashion illustration, his art work is epitomized by a characteristically elegant, stylized line. From a total edition of only 400 numbered copies; this copy is also much taller than the unsigned issue, which had about three inches trimmed from the lower margin.

Bit of light wear and toning to fragile original wrappers, with two small stains to upper right corner of front wrapper. Plates clean and fine. A magnificent copy in original wrappers, most rare and desirable signed by Barbier.

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