London: Geoffrey Bles, 1939. First edition. Folio (12 ½ x 10 inches). 96 black-and-white portraits, each tipped to mount with letterpress caption, including frontispiece. Original two-toned white and blue cloth, deckle edges preserved. Pale dampstains on rear cover, spine toned; light spotting to endleaves, marginal stain on dedication leaf, else a clean and internally fresh copy. Item #402259
These portraits of the Diaghilev company's celebrated choreographer Michael Fokine, including the first photographs of Serge Lifar, were taken by the great ballet photographer of the age. Included are Irina Baronova, Anton Dolin, Alexandra Danilova, Frederick Franklin, Tamara Grigorieva, David Lichine, Alicia Markova, Marc Platoff, Leonide Massine, Mia Slavenska and others.