Bakst Designs For Sleeping Beauty
BAKST, Léon. Designs of Leon Bakst for the Sleeping Princess. A Ballet in Five Acts after Perrault. Music by Tchaikovsky. Preface by André Levinson. London: Benn Brothers Limited , 1923.
One of 1,000 copies this being number 394. Folio (15 1/4 x 11 1/2 inches; 388 x 294 mm). Two color vignettes and fifty-four full-page color plates by Bakst (printed in France), and a full-page portrait of Leon Bakst by Pablo Picasso.

Quarter vellum over light blue fine-grain cloth. Spine lettered in gilt. Top edge gilt, others uncut. A small snag to cloth on front cover as well as a very light scratch. A few light finger smudges. Overall a near fine copy.

"In less than six weeks- his time was necessarily restricted- Leon Bakst composed, or rather improvised the six scenes and the three hundred costumes (a whole world of pictorial fiction) which the ballet contains." (From the forward)

Niles & Leslie.

HBS # 67822 $4,250