London: Bayard Press, 1923. First Edition Limited to 315 numbered copies, this being No. 91. Large folio. 240 pp. 68 full-page mounted plates (most in color), with titled tissue guards; numerous color and duotone illustrations throughout (some mounted plates). The first color plate is a portrait of Bakst by Amedeo Modigliani. Printed with the sheets from Alexander Kogan Publishing Company in Berlin. Publishers full vellum with sepia illustration and lettering to spine & sepia lettering on front cover; deckled page edges. Boards slightly bowed and stained with age; large unsightly dark stain (water?) to rear board; 1" x 2" triangle piece missing at spine head; internally clean; else a very good copy. Item #21137
A sumptious biographical work on the famous Russian painter and costume designer, Leon Bakst (1866-1924). He was a member of the Sergei Diaghilev circle and the Ballets Russes, for which he designed exotic, richly coloured sets and costumes. In this work can be found numerous examples of his set-designs, costumes, portraits, drawings, and paintings.