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BALLET., Beaton, Cecil.
1 Beaton, Cecil. BALLET.
Wingate, London, 1951. 
86 pp, 8vo (8 15/16" H), hard cover (purple cloth with silver lettering on spine and front board) - no dust jacket. Colour decorations on title page, b&w drawings and photographs by Cecil Beaton. The author's personal reminiscenses of ballet and b allet dancers. Very light browning to pages/endpapers; small label from bookstore on front pastedown; moderate browning to edges of text block; area of dark browning across front board, on spine and at top edges; small bump with tiny split in c l o t h at bottom edge of both boards near spine; three tiny soiling marks on front board. Good+ 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
TEN DANCERS:  ON STAGE, BACKSTAGE, AT HOME AND ON THE ROAD.  (PATRICIA McBRIDE, PETER MARTINS, ANTHONY DOWELL, NATALIA MAKAROVA, ALEXANDER GODUNOV, CYNTHIA GREGORY, FERNANDO BUJONES, MARTINE VAN HAMEL, PATRICK DUPOND, GHISLAINE THESMAR.), Brubach, Holly.  Photographs by Pierre Petitjean.
2 Brubach, Holly. Photographs by Pierre Petitjean. TEN DANCERS: ON STAGE, BACKSTAGE, AT HOME AND ON THE ROAD. (PATRICIA McBRIDE, PETER MARTINS, ANTHONY DOWELL, NATALIA MAKAROVA, ALEXANDER GODUNOV, CYNTHIA GREGORY, FERNANDO BUJONES, MARTINE VAN HAMEL, PATRICK DUPOND, GHISLAINE THESMAR.)
Seaver / William Morrow, New York, 1982, first edition. 
(213) pp, 4to (11 1/4" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0688012167 Profusely illustrated with b&w photographs. "Here are Patricia McBride and Peter Martins of the New York City Ballet; Anthony Dowell, Natalia Makarova, Alexander Godunov, Cynth ia Gregory, Fernando Bujones, and Martine Van Hamel of the American Ballet Theatre; and Patrick Dupond and Ghislaine Thesmar of the Paris Opera Ballet. You will see them behind the scenes and in pictures that record the fleeting moments of g r e a t p e rformance which dancers must perpetually re-create. Their biographies, based on personal interviews....display the individuality of each of them, which is as striking as the passion they share for their difficult art. By juxtaposin g t he p ub li c a nd private sides of these stars of contemporary ballet, 'Ten Dancers' doubly illuminates the art. After seeing Pierre Petitjean's photographs, no one can watch these or even other dancers without a sharply heightened sense of w hat th ey bri ng to ea ch dazzling appearance on the stage." Dust jacket has been price clipped, has areas of light edge wrinkling - mainly at top of spine and bottom of rear panel, minor edge wear, one tiny tear with crease, minor rubbing, mi nor bro wnin g a t to p o f f laps . Near Fine/Very Good 
Price: 35.00 USD
 
 
3 Dejevsky, Mary, introduction. THE BRITANNICA GUIDE TO RUSSIA. THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO THE NATION, ITS PEOPLE, AND CULTURE.
Constable & Robinson, London, 2009. 
332 pp, 7 3/4" H, soft cover. ISBN 9781845299217 B&w illustrations. "Out of the ashes of the Cold War, a new superpower has emerged. From the collapse of the Soviet Union to the rise of the oligarchs, the presidency of Vladimir Putin, and the sh ifting balance of power between the world's superpowers, the Britannica Guide offers a comprehensive account of the history of this complex and fascinating nation since 1917. The Guide also gives a panoramic overview of the everyday life and r i c h c ulture of Russia, including portraits of the great writers, artists, and thinkers who have shaped the country. In her wide-ranging introduction, political commentator Mary Dejevsky looks at the recent past and the possible future for Ru s si a as i t r egains its status in the new world order." Interior - very soft corner crease on pages 221 to 241, otherwise clean and tight with no other ownership marks. Exterior - clean and bright. Near Fine 
Price: 10.00 USD
 
 
THE CAMBRIDGE CULTURAL HISTORY OF BRITAIN.  VOLUME 9. MODERN BRITAIN.  (FIRST PUBLISHED AS THE CAMBRIDGE GUIDE TO THE ARTS IN BRITAIN: SINCE THE SECOND WORLD WAR., Ford, Boris, ed.  Roy Shaw, Gwen Shaw, Paul Griffiths, Fernau Hall, Peter Fuller, Andrew Saint, Christopher Frayling, Gilbert Phelps, Neil Sinyard, Joseph Rykwert, Simon Pepper, John Heskett, Alan Munton.
4 Ford, Boris, ed. Roy Shaw, Gwen Shaw, Paul Griffiths, Fernau Hall, Peter Fuller, Andrew Saint, Christopher Frayling, Gilbert Phelps, Neil Sinyard, Joseph Rykwert, Simon Pepper, John Heskett, Alan Munton. THE CAMBRIDGE CULTURAL HISTORY OF BRITAIN. VOLUME 9. MODERN BRITAIN. (FIRST PUBLISHED AS THE CAMBRIDGE GUIDE TO THE ARTS IN BRITAIN: SINCE THE SECOND WORLD WAR.
Cambridge Cambridge University Press for The Folio Society 1995 Hard Cover Very Good+ No Jacket - (as issued) 
350 pp, 10" H. Bound in full dark blue cloth with title and shield in gold on spine. B&w illustrations and colour plates. Contents: General Introduction; The Cultural and Social Setting; Music; Ballet; The Visual Arts; New Towns; The Third Programme; The Crafts; Literature and Drama; Film; Architecture; Housing at Roehampton; Industrial Design; Further Reading and Reference; Index. A few very small areas of faint colour fading on front board. 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
THE ILLUSTRATED LONDON NEWS.  CHRISTMAS NUMBER 1955, No. 6081A, Vol. 227 + CHRISTMAS NUMBER 1956, No. 6126A, Vol. 229 + CHRISTMAS NUMBER 1959, No. 6274A, Vol. 235.  3 ITEMS., Gilbert, Anthony; Macardle, Dorothy; Bucke, Marion; Bryant, Arthur, Sir; Laver, James; Aickman, Robert; Muir, Marie, et al.
5 Gilbert, Anthony; Macardle, Dorothy; Bucke, Marion; Bryant, Arthur, Sir; Laver, James; Aickman, Robert; Muir, Marie, et al. THE ILLUSTRATED LONDON NEWS. CHRISTMAS NUMBER 1955, No. 6081A, Vol. 227 + CHRISTMAS NUMBER 1956, No. 6126A, Vol. 229 + CHRISTMAS NUMBER 1959, No. 6274A, Vol. 235. 3 ITEMS.
London Illustrated London News Stapled in Wraps Good+ E.H. Shepard, Daphne Allen, Kate Greenaway, Lotte Reiniger, Neave Parker, Juliet Pannett, Alan Crisp, Alan Reynolds, Stan Bult, Gordon Nicholl, Eliot Hodgkin, Jack Matthew, Raymond Booth, Victor Bertoglio, et al. 
3 Christmas Numbers of The Illustrated London News (1955, 1956 & 1959), 14 1/2" H x 10 1/4" W. Christmas 1955 - 56 pp, articles include: Trafalgar from the French Point of View: The Report of Captain Lucas; "Give me a ring" by Anthony Gilbert; Art in cap and bells: Trompe-l'oeil masterpieces designed to cheat the eye by their astonishing effect of reality; Double spread Queen Elizabeth II by Pietro Annigoni; 4 full page colour portraits "The Beauty of early Girlhood"; 2 full page colour illustrations - "Fairy-tale creatures (1. Hans Andersen, 2. Brothers Grimm), by Neave Parker. // Christmas 1956 - 64 pp, articles include: Nursery Rhymes by Kate Greenaway; The Doo's Nest, by Marie Muir, illustrated by Victor Bertoglio; Ghosts of the Footlights: Favourites of Fifty Years Ago; The Crystal Star by Dorothy Macardle, illustrated by Jack Matthew; Oh! Wondrous Face! Portraits of clowns painted on egg-shells by an expert on clown make-up - Stan Bult; How Christmas customs came about, by John Pudney, illustrated by E.H. Shepard; Told by a ghost, by Marion Bucke, illustrated by Gordon Nicholl. // Christmas 1959 - (12) pp advertisements + 40 pp + (12) pp advertisements, articles include: "Jimmy, the dog in my life", by Sir Arthur Bryant; "From Nudity to Pantalettes": an account of children's dress through the ages, by James Laver, illustrated in b&w by E.H. Shepard; "English ghoulies and ghosties", by Robert Aickman, illustrated by Juliet Pannett; "Home for Christmas", by Marie Muir, illustrated by Alan Crisp. Many additional illustrations including 3 full page (1 double spread) colour illustrations by E.H. Shepard, 19 black & gold silhouettes of Thumbelina (10) and Puss-in-Boots (9) by Lotte Reiniger, reproductions of Old Masters, etc. Many vintage advertisements, including full page colour ones for: King George IV Old Scotch Whisky; Grants Stand Fast; Black & White Scotch; Long John Scotch; Campari; Drambuie; Harveys of Bristol; Rothmans; Player's Gold Leaf; Land Rover; Morris Motors; Jaguar; Standard Triumph; Hillman Minx; Coty; Cow & Gate, etc. Interiors - some edge wrinkling/creasing on anumber of pages due to handling, several pages with corner creases, otherwise clean and tight. Exteriors - '1955' has two small ink letters written at bottom of front cover, small entry of ink numbers in crossword on back cover advertisment, a crease down the rear cover. '1959' has a small light stain at top edge at spine, soft crease down rear cover. '1956' has a 2" 'V' shaped tear archivally taped on rear cover. All items have some level of edge wrinkling/creasing, small edge tears archivally taped, very light rubbing/soiling. 
Price: 50.00 USD
 
 
PRINCIPAL ROLE.  A "WELLS" BOOK - THE "SADLER'S WELLS" SERIES., Hill, Lorna.  Illustrations by Esme Verity.  Dust jacket illustration by Eve M.S. Guthrie.
6 Hill, Lorna. Illustrations by Esme Verity. Dust jacket illustration by Eve M.S. Guthrie. PRINCIPAL ROLE. A "WELLS" BOOK - THE "SADLER'S WELLS" SERIES.
Evans Brothers, London, 1958, 2nd printing. 
192 pp, 8vo (8" H), hard cover in dust jacket. Pictorial endpapers, b&w frontispiece plus 7 additional full page b&w illustrations. The 9th 'Sadler's Wells" book. "Fazia, the eighteen-year-old Crown Princess of Slavonia, is one of the most brilli ant students at the British Royal Ballet School. In spite of this, however, she doesn't really want to dance. She wants to be just an ordinary girl and do ordinary things - for instance riding in buses and tramcars, and climbing mountain s . B u t r o yal princesses (even of a pocket handkerchief country like Slavonia) are not ordinary people, and so....But to find out what happens, you must read the book. In it you will meet many old friends - Rosanna Corelli, who is now in the Ro ya l B al le t C om pany; Ella Rosetti, Timothy Roebottom, the Weybridges (and their objectionable children, Monica and Cyril) and many others. You will also hear about Ella's love story, and how it ended happily after all." Previous owner's na me/ in f o. at top o f f ree front endpaper, four leaves with dog-ear crease, very light browning to edges of textblock, light edge wear, very light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, slight bump to top corner of boards. Dust jacket has light to m oder ate e dge we ar/w rin klin g - mainly along top edge and at bottom of spine, one small tear with creases, a few very small chips and tears, minor soiling, 2" x 7/8" piece cut from front flap - tiny piece of old label on edge, light brown ing o n spi ne. Ve ry G ood/ Good+ 
Price: 47.50 USD
 
 
NOEL STREATFEILD.  TWAYNE'S ENGLISH AUTHORS SERIES., Huse, Nancy.  (Noel Streatfeild.)
7 Huse, Nancy. (Noel Streatfeild.) NOEL STREATFEILD. TWAYNE'S ENGLISH AUTHORS SERIES.
New York Twayne 1994 0805745157 / 9780805745153 First Edition Hard Cover Near Fine Very Good+ 
163 pp, 8vo (8 3/4" H). "In this comprehensive analysis of a woman hailed by her fellow Britons as a 'National Monument', Nancy Huse argures that Streatfeild's work challenges the status of 'girl's books', described in most criticism as ephemeral or constituting a category separate from 'great books'. Huse attributes the appeal of Streatfeild's books to their contemporary themes and traditional values and finds that in exploring the tensions of heredity and environment Streatfeild anticipates many contemporary questions about the role of women, the structure of the family, and the implications of the class system. In particular, Huse notes, Streatfeild (in both her children's and adult novels) used the poverty of women and their work in the domestic sphere to link the public with the private worlds shaping children. Streatfeild's conservative upbringing, rebellious youth, and complex life-long relationship with her family provided material for her novels, according to Huse. Streatfeild developed a conscious perspective on childhood that she used to defend child/adult boundaries while sharpening story forms. At the same time, Huse contends, her multifaceted talent admitted new subjects, character types, themes, and information into the children's book because she assumed competence and intelligent curiosity as the basis of children's contributions to the family and to society. In this vibrant portrait of the life and work of such an innovative children's writer, Huse suggests some meaningful ways to evaluate the family novel, the role of a children's novelist in preserving and constructing a historical record, and the implications of formulaic patterns that derive from female experience." Minor wrinkle at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has minor rubbing, light creasing at top of rear panel near flap-fold, minor wear at top of rear flap-fold. 
Price: 17.50 USD
 
 
MOSHE SAFDIE., Kohn, Wendy, editor.  (Moshe Safdie, Michael Sorkin, Paul Goldberger, Peter G. Rowe, Witold Rybczynski.)
8 Kohn, Wendy, editor. (Moshe Safdie, Michael Sorkin, Paul Goldberger, Peter G. Rowe, Witold Rybczynski.) MOSHE SAFDIE.
London Academy Editions 1996 1854904531 / 9781854904539 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good+ Signed by Author
344 pp, folio (13 1/4" H). Signed on half title page: "Moshe Safdie / March 1997". "Influenced by the diverse cultures of Canada, Israel and the USA, Moshe Safdie's architecture displays a richly evolving tectonic and spatial sensibility. During 30 years of practice, he has designed public institutions, housing and mixed-use complexes, and developed designs for both existing urban districts and entirely new citities. In this monograph more than 40 of his projects are illustrated with spectacular photography, original design sketches and text. These works include his seminal Habitat project for the Canadian Expo '67, the National Gallery of Canada, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and Vancouver's Library Square in Caada; the Yad Vashem Children's Holocaust Memorial, the Restoration of the Jewish Quarter, Mamilla Center and Hebrew Union College in the city of Jerusalem; the Skirball Museum and Cultural Center in Los Angeles; and the urban designs for Montreal, Senegal, Singapore and the new city of Modi'in in Israel. Together, they demonstrate the depth of Safdie's work, and an architectural vocabulary full of light and colour. In his essay 'The Language and Medium of Architecture' and in an interview with Wendy Kohn, Moshe Safdie discusses his architecture and influences. Each of the essays, by Michael Sorkin, Paul Goldberger, Witold Rybczynski and Peter G. Rowe, covers a different facet of Safdie's architectural oeuvre." Two tiny dents at top edge of rear board, very minor edge wear. Dust jacket has light rubbing, minor edge wear/wrinkling. 
Price: 225.00 USD
 
 
HARLEQUIN ON THE MOON: COMMEDIA DELL'ARTE AND THE VISUAL ARTS., Lawner, Lynne.
9 Lawner, Lynne. HARLEQUIN ON THE MOON: COMMEDIA DELL'ARTE AND THE VISUAL ARTS.
New York Harry N. Abrams 1998 0810911949 / 9780810911949 Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good+ 
208 pp, 4to (11 1/4" H). Profusely illustrated in colour and b&w. "Commedia dell'arte is the first modern theater - inspiration to Shakespeare, Moliere, Goldoni, Mozart, and Balanchine and forerunner of the modern stage comedy. Since its invention as a popular entertainment in Renaissance Italy, commedia, with its stock characters, its absurd and witty plots, and its utterly charming personalities, has captivated audiences high and low, from the street fairs where Punch and Judy reigned to the exquisitely refined court of the Sun King. This book traces the history of commedia from its beginnings through many transformations to its rediscovery in the experimental theater of today. The depictions of commedia in the visual arts has a rich history. From Tiepolo and Watteau to Beardsley, Picasso, Hockney, and other modern masters, painters have found great resonance and meaning in the clowns and lovers of commedia. Here the visual and dramatic arts meet, giving birth to styles of art and performance at once clever, hilarious, poignant, tragic, and eternal. Lynne Lawner traces all these threads, unearthing rare texts of commedia plays, discovering myriad version of the ever-fascinating Harlequin, Pierrot, Columbine, and Pulcinella, relating the gossip of courts and theaters, and revealing the ways in which these figures and their classic stories - the sly servant, the foolish soldier, the clever maid, the quack doctor - have arisen again and again in art." Light waviness to edges of text block. Dust jacket has very light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds. 
Price: 55.00 USD
 
 
PALMYRA OF THE NORTH:  THE FIRST DAYS OF ST. PETERSBURG., Marsden, Christopher.  Preface by Sacheverell Sitwell.
10 Marsden, Christopher. Preface by Sacheverell Sitwell. PALMYRA OF THE NORTH: THE FIRST DAYS OF ST. PETERSBURG.
Faber and Faber, London, 1943, 2nd impression. 
280 pp, 8vo (8 13/16" H), hard cover in dust jacket. B&w plates. "Early in the eighteenth century Russia, like Japan, in the nineteenth, suddenly decided to adopt Western ideas and to extract herself from the slough of darkness and mediaevalism in which for many centuries she had been plunged. This wrench, carried out with that magnitude and ruthless, exaggerated completeness which has characterized all Russian revolutions, was inaugurated by the titanic Peter the Great - who buil t a n e w c a pital, St. Petersburg (now Leningrad) for the purpose - and brought to fulfillment by his successors, that series of flamboyant and high-spirited Empresses. Among them Peter's daughter, Elizabeth Petrovna, was the most frivolous, c er t ai n ly t he be st -looking and certainly the least known today. Mr. Marsden's fascinating book brings the St. Petersburg of Elizabeth's time vividly before us. It was mainly from France and Italy that she and the other Russian autocrats of th e eig ht een th cen t ury dr ew the fashionable painters, architects, actors, musicians and others who designed the glittering 'mise en scene' against which the changing tableaux of this budding Versailles were posed. But in spite of the stupe ndou s roco co pala ces , th e feve rish display and extravagance, the often highly artistic gaiety (the beginnings and gradual development of the Russian ballet are among the subjects of the book), there was always an element of comedy in the hast y ama lg amati on of Fr ench eleg an ce an d bas ic Muscovite rudeness. This history of sixty years of Russian court life contains many amusing tales and scandalous anecdotes as well as a sober and detailed account of the creation - from literally nothi ng but ba rre n wast es - of a c api tal an d cour t whose grandeur by the time of Catherine the Great had become second to none." Light browning to endpapers - darker at top corner and fore-edge of free endpapers, a couple of very small fox ing mar ks on endp aper s, book ligh tly cra cked at pag es 112/ 113 and 208/209, bump at top/bottom corners of front board and tiny bumps at top/bottom edges, rear corners slight bumped, light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, tiny tear on inside rear hi nge , slight wavi ness to top ed ge of pr elimi nary pag es. Dus t jacket is price clipped, has light to moderate edge wear/wrinkling, browning to spine and flap-folds, several small tears and tiny chips, old tape residue on inside edges, small li ght watermark at bo ttom of spine. Good/Goo d only . 
Price: 30.00 USD
 
 
11 Obodiac, Stan. MAPLE LEAF GARDENS: FIFTY YEARS OF HISTORY.
Toronto Van Nostrand Reinhold 1981 0442296355 / 9780442296353 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good 
208 pp, 11 1/4" H. Profusely illustrated with b&w and colour photographs, reproductions. "(T)akes a fascinating look at the personalities and events that have made the Gardens Canada's most famous building. It is the interesting story of the building of the Gardens and of the hockey greats who have played there. It is also, in many ways, the story of popular entertainment in Canada from 1931 to 1981. Over 100 million people have been entertained by ballet, opera, circuses, skating extravaganzas and concerts of all sorts, in addition to almost every kind of sporting event from boxing and wrestling to bicycle racing. The arena has also been the site of political and religious rallies, benefits in support of the war effort, community events such as Brownie and Boy Scout pageants, and service club fund-raisers. This nostalgic book will remind sports fans of the Leafs' high-scoring Kid Line, of George Chuvalo going the distance with Muhammad Ali or of Vitas Gerulaitas defeating Bjorn Borg. Rock fans will remember attending an Elvis Presley concert, or waiting hours in line for Beatles' tickets. (It) also contains a detailed chronology of the milestones in the history of the Gardens for the trivia buff." Minor edge wear, minor wrinkling at bottom of spine. Dust jacket has very light edge wear, one very small edge tear archivally taped. 
Price: 30.00 USD
 
 
THIS IS RUSSIA AND CENTRAL ASIAN REPUBLICS OF THE SOVIET UNION., Simpson, Colin.
12 Simpson, Colin. THIS IS RUSSIA AND CENTRAL ASIAN REPUBLICS OF THE SOVIET UNION.
Hodder and Stoughton, London, 1965, first edition. 
513 pp, large 8vo (9 1/2" H), hard cover in dust jacket. Pictorial endpapers, colour and b&w photographs, maps, decorations. "....not just a travel book, nor is it just Russia, or Russia Now. It is a revelation of the Communist Way, the Other Way in this divided world. It is a journey in understanding via not only Leningrad and Moscow, Kiev and such cities of Soviet Asia as Sukhara, Alma-Ata, and - Samarkand, but via the extraordinary essential history, via the Men from Hell - the Tartars, via the Czars of All the Russias (terrible Ivan, giant Peter, Catherine, the idiots), via Karl Marx, Rasputin, the Revolutions, Lenin (the real Lenin), Stalin (his evil documented). It answers Why/How/What is Communism? and What is Russia Really Li ke? The answers are clear, perceptive, disturbing, and without commitment except to the truth about this astonishing society where atheists keep Communist Commandments that point the problem of the Two Moralities, Purtians frown at stretch - p a n t s , h otels are barless, and rich writers carless. The Party Plan for rentless flats and fareless trains gives food for thought. And you are richly entertained when the author takes you to the Kremlin, to people at home, to the ballet a t th e Bo ls ho i, in to Red Square for the feting of the spacemen. And down to the republics of Tajik, Uzbek, Kazakh, in a journey so different and so illuminating." Very light browning to fore-edge of textblock, very faint foxing marks on board s, mi no r w rin kli ng a t t op/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has light edge wear/wrinkling, very light rubbing, a few tiny foxing marks on inside surface. Very Good/Very Good- 
Price: 30.00 USD
 
 
LAUGHTER IN THE NEXT ROOM.  BEING THE FOURTH VOLUME OF LEFT HAND, RIGHT HAND!  AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY., Sitwell, Osbert.
13 Sitwell, Osbert. LAUGHTER IN THE NEXT ROOM. BEING THE FOURTH VOLUME OF LEFT HAND, RIGHT HAND! AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY.
London Macmillan 1949 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good- John Piper. 
381 pp, 8 3/4" H. B&w photographs + b&w reproductions of paintings by John Piper. The fourth volume of Sir Osbert Sitwell's autobiography, takes the reader from the end of the First World War through the early days of the Second. "Witty, enthralling, rich in comedy, yet deeply moving as the shadows of a tragic time close in upon the author and upon us all, this fourth volume sets the crown upon a truly great achievement." Tiny foxing marks at top 1" of fore-edge of pages 1 to 6, very light browning to fore-edge of text block, some small areas of self soiling on bottom of text block. Dust jacket has been price-clipped, has light to moderate browning on spine, light browning on flap-folds and top edge of flaps, wrinkling and some small tears/tiny chips at top of spine, small chip at bottom of rear flap-fold, light soiling on rear panel, protected in a mylar sleeve. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
EDWARD BURRA: TWENTIETH-CENTURY EYE, Stevenson, Jane
14 Stevenson, Jane EDWARD BURRA: TWENTIETH-CENTURY EYE
London Jonathan Cape 2007 0224078755 / 9780224078757 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good- 
496 pp, large 8vo (9 1/2" H). B&w plates. "The first full-scale biography of one of Britain's most important twentieth-century painters. Edward Burra never followed fashion: in the thirties, when modern art was dominated by abstraction and landscape, he painted people; in the sixites, when landscape was completely out of fashion, he started to find it interesting. His life was an unusual one: profoundly disabled, he lived with his parents, and was in constant pain. Only when he was painting could he forget his body. At the same time he was a man with a rich and full life. He was a letter-writer of genius, writing every afternoon to a wide circle of friends. His letters are camp, witty, full of the energy and delight in life which he could not express physically. Inventive, entertaining, and extraordinarily original, his writing expresses a man who combined profound personal loyalty with distaste for any kind of emotional grandstanding." Very small bump to top corner of both boards, light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, small shallow bump on rear board. Dust jacket has wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, minor edge wear, small shallow bump on rear panel. 
Price: 37.50 USD
 
 
MERCE CUNNINGHAM:  FIFTY YEARS., Vaughan, David. Edited by Melissa Harris.  (Merce Cunningham.)
15 Vaughan, David. Edited by Melissa Harris. (Merce Cunningham.) MERCE CUNNINGHAM: FIFTY YEARS.
New York Aperture 1997 0893816248 / 9780893816247 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Good+ 
320 pp, 4to (12 1/8" H). Pictorial endpapers, profusely illustrated with b&w and colour photographs. "(E)vokes the essence of Merce Cunnigham: the man, his choreography, his seminal role in the history of the arts in postwar America and Europe, and his larger vision as it pertains to the relationship between art and life. (C)elebrates the past fifty years of Cunnigham's career, from his role as principal dancer in the Martha Graham Dance Company, to the formation of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company and Black Mountain College in 1953 - from his use of 'chance operations," to his present, innovative work with the computer program, LifeForms." Top corners of boards bumped, slight bump at top of spine/rear hinge Dust jacket has light edge wear, light to moderate rubbing - no color loss, heavy wrinkling at top of spine/flap folds - re-inforced with archival tape on inside, a few tiny dents on front hinge. 
Price: 40.00 USD
 
 
THE O'KEEFE CENTRE: THIRTY YEARS OF THEATRE HISTORY., Walker, Hugh.
16 Walker, Hugh. THE O'KEEFE CENTRE: THIRTY YEARS OF THEATRE HISTORY.
Toronto Key Porter 1991 1550132911 / 9781550132915 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good Inscribed By Author
310 pp, 4to (11 3/4" H). INSCRIBED ON TITLE PAGE: "WITH BEST WISHES FROM THE AUTHOR HUGH WALKER OCT 4/92". "Since its opening in 1960, the O'Keefe Centre has been Canada's premier theatre: home of the National Ballet of Canada and the Canadian Opera Company, the chief venue for Broadway musicals and plays, international artists, modern and classical dance companies - everything glorious in the performing arts. Almost 300 black-and-white photographs of distinguished entertainers illustrate this lively history of the O'Keefe Centre from 1960 to 1990. The book includes the design and building of the centre, sections on the National Ballet of Canada, the Canadian Opera Company, musicals and revues, theatrical productions and star performers who have played at the O'Keefe, from Harry Belafonte, Liza Minelli and Anne Murray to Sir Laurence Olivier, Katharine Hepburn and Richard Burton. The author, who was manager of the centre for the first fifteen years, describes personal encounters with a multitude of stars and directors, and his many amusing anecdotes make this a diverting and delightful tour through recent showbiz history." Very minor wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, two tiny dints on top edge of front board. Dust jacket has very light wrinkling - mainly at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, wrinkles in laminate down front panel, minor rubbing. 
Price: 27.50 USD
 
 
17 Walker, Hugh. THE O'KEEFE CENTRE: THIRTY YEARS OF THEATRE HISTORY.
Toronto Key Porter 1991 1550132911 / 9781550132915 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good 
310 pp, 4to (11 3/4" H). "Since its opening in 1960, the O'Keefe Centre has been Canada's premier theatre: home of the National Ballet of Canada and the Canadian Opera Company, the chief venue for Broadway musicals and plays, international artists, modern and classical dance companies - everything glorious in the performing arts. Almost 300 black-and-white photographs of distinguished entertainers illustrate this lively history of the O'Keefe Centre from 1960 to 1990. The book includes the design and building of the centre, sections on the National Ballet of Canada, the Canadian Opera Company, musicals and revues, theatrical productions and star performers who have played at the O'Keefe, from Harry Belafonte, Liza Minelli and Anne Murray to Sir Laurence Olivier, Katharine Hepburn and Richard Burton. The author, who was manager of the centre for the first fifteen years, describes personal encounters with a multitude of stars and directors, and his many amusing anecdotes make this a diverting and delightful tour through recent showbiz history." Minor wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has light edge wrinkling - mainly at top of spine and flap-folds, minor edge wear, three wrinkles in laminate on front panel, light rubbing, minor browning at top edge of flaps. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
18 Wickenden, Dorothy. NOTHING DAUNTED: THE UNEXPECTED EDUCATION OF TWO SOCIETY GIRLS IN THE WEST.
New York Scribner 2011 1439176582 / 9781439176580 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good+ 
286 pp, large 8vo (9 1/4" H). B&w photographs. "In the summer of 1916, Dorothy Woodruff and Rosamond Underwood, close friends from childhood and graduates of Smith College, left home in Auburn, New York, for the wilds of northwestern Colorado. Bored by their society luncheons, charity work, and the effete young men who courted them, they learned that two teaching jobs were available in a remote mountaintop schoolhouse and applied - shocking their families and friends. They took the new railroad over the Continental Divide and made their way by spring wagon to the tiny settlement of Elkhead, where they lived with a family of homesteaders. They rode several miles to school each day on horseback, sometimes in blinding blizzards. Their students walked or skied on barrel staves, in tattered clothes and shoes tied together with string. The man who had lured them out west was Ferry Carpenter, a witty, idealistic, and occasionally outrageous young lawyer and cattle rancher. He had promised them the adventure of a lifetime and the most modern schoolhouse in Routt County; he hadn't let on that the teachers would be considered dazzling prospective brides for the locals. In their buoyant letters home, the two women captured the voices and stories of the pioneer women, the children, and the other memorable people they got to know. Nearly a hundred years later, the granddaughter of Dorothy Woodruff found the letters and began to reconstruct the women's journey. Enhancing the story with interviews with descendants, research about these vanished communities, and trips to the region, (she) creates an exhilarating saga about two intrepid young women and the 'settling up' of the West." Browning to bottom of text block - mainly near spine. Dust jacket has minor edge wrinkling and minor rubbing. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 


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