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18292. Ballet Español Ximénez-Vargas.
Signed Photograph

A striking sepia-toned photo of Ballet Español Ximénez-Vargas, signed by all six members, including Roberto Ximénez and Manolo Vargas, the Flamenco dancers who founded the ensemble in 1955. A number of small creases and surface creases, particularly along the lower edge, otherwise fine. 8 x 10 inches (20.3 x 25.4 cm)

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16686. [Ballet Russe] Swanson, George Allen. (1908-1962).
Rostova and Youskevitch in "L'après-midi d'un faune"

Watercolor on paper, signed 'George Alan Swanson' lower right, titled and inscribed 'Igor Youskevitch / Lubov Rostova' upper left, signed 'George Alan Swanson', titled, and inscribed 'Ballet Russe De Monte Carlo / Lubov Rostova / Igor Youskevitch' upper left.  16 x 12 3/4 in. (sight), 22 1/2 x 18 in. (frame). Beautifully framed. Read More...

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15586. [Ballets Russes].
Original 1936–37 American Season Program

Original souvenir program from the 4th American season (1936–37) of Col. W. de Basil's Ballets Russes de Monte-Carlo, featuring a striking color cover illustration of a knight by Natalia Gontcharova. The contents include photographs of stars and conductors including Leonine Massine, Lubov Tchernicheva, David Lichine, Antal Dorati, Efrem Kurts, and others; an 8-page color section with costume and set designs by Gontcharova, Cecil Beaton, Picasso, Leon Bakst, Raoul Dufy, and others; and a final 3-page section showing the dancers on tour—building sandcastles and engaging in various other more frivolous forms of entertainment. 64 pp. Wrapper detached from the block; edge wear to the cover; internally fine and overall in very good condition. 9.75 x 12.25 inches (24.5 x 31 cm). Read More...

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10420. [Ballets Russes] Bakst, Léon Samoilovitch. (1866 - 1924).
Three Leon Bakst Satin and Rayon Hooded Capes from Papillons

Three Leon Bakst Satin and Rayon Hooded Capes from "Papillons," ca. 1914. In fine condition, formerly property of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Read More...

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18581. [Ballets Russes] [Bolm, Adolph. (1884-1951)] [Bakst, Léon Samoilovitch. (1866–1924)] Hoppé, Emil Otto. (1878-1972) .
Adolf Bolm in Thamar (Monsieur Adolph Bolm, Thamar) - Original Photograph

Striking original vintage sepia toned gelatin photograph of the important dancer, ca. 1912. Stamped "ADOLPH BOLM / 'THAMAR' / SERGE de DIAGHILEFF'S BALLET RUSSE" on the verso in violet ink. Right edge trimmed irregularly, small loss to upper left corner, light spotting, else in fine condition. 5.2 x 8 inches [13.2 x 20.3 cm] Read More...

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18294. [Ballets Russes] Diaghilev, Sergey Pavlovich. (1872–1929) [Pergolesi, Giovanni Battista. (1710–1736)] [Wassenaer, Count Unico Wilhelm van. (1692–1766)].
Six Concertinos Attributed to Pergolesi AUTOGRAPH MANUSCRIPT PREPARED FOR AND INSCRIBED BY DIAGHILEV

Bound collection of 6 concertinos for 4 violins, viola, cello, and basso continuo in score, copied from a manuscript at the Conservatoire de Paris, as prepared for and subsequently inscribed by Sergei Diaghilev. Long attributed to Italian Baroque composer Pergolesi, these pieces are a famous case of reattribution within the canon of classical music, having been identified in recent decades as the work of the Dutch composer and statesman Count Unico Wilhelm van Wassenaer. Half a century before this musicological consensus had been established, Diaghilev wrote his opinion in an inscription on the cover of the present manuscript (translated as follows from the French): Read More...

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7095. [Ballets Russes] Goncharova, Natalia Sergeevna. (1881-1962).
Costume Design for a Sea-Monster from SADKO

Gouache and watercolor over pencil on paper laid down on board. Inscribed in Russian (upper left and lower left) and with a collector's stamp (lower right). 16.5 x 10.4 inches (41.9 x 26.4 cm). Matted and framed to 37 x 54 cm. Read More...

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9918. [Ballets Russes] Karsavina, Tamar. (1885-1978) [Danilova, Alexandra. (1903-1997)].
Theatre Street - INSCRIBED TO ALEXANDRA DANILOVA

London: William Heinemann Ltd. 1930. First edition. An extraordinary association copy of the autobiography of Nijinsky's dance partner at the Ballets Russes, inscribed to the inheritor of her mantle, the great ballerina Alexandra Danilova. Her account of her early life at the Imperial Ballet School, and her subsequent career at the Marinsky Theatre and the Ballets Russes. 341 pp. Foreword by J. M. Barrie, plain photographic illustrations, publisher's green cloth, lettered gilt on the spine, inscribed on the front free endpage to Alexandra Danilova: "Dear Choura, whom I remember with love, Tamara." In good shape apart from a tear at the top of the spine and one photo plate page which is separated. Read More...

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15583. [Ballets Russes] [Karsavina, Tamar. (1885–1978)].
Le Theatre No. 298, May 1911

Special number of the Parisian cultural magazine, focusing on the 1911 season of the Ballets Russes. No. 298, Mai (II) 1911. The decorative cover features a color image of Tamar Karsavina as the Firebird; featured inside are more photographs from The Firebird, including a frontispiece with Michel Fokine and Alexis Boulgakov as the frightening Koschei; a set design for The Firebird by Leon Bakst; photographs of Nijinsky in Scheherezade, Sophie Fedorova in Cleopatra, Fokine and Fokina together in costume, and Ludmilla Schollar curtseying in a tutu; and further texts and photographs on the theatre and opera performances of the season. 24 pp. Front wrapper detached, with a large diagonal tear affecting the image, and heavy edge wear to the front and back wrappers; internally fine; overall good. 11 x 14 inches (27.5 x 35.3 cm). Read More...

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An exceptionally rare signed mounted halftone photograph of the dancer shown as a Harlequin in the 1910 Fokine Ballets Russes production of 'Carnaval,' music by Robert Schumann and sets by Leon Bakst. Mounted to a cardstock sheet measuring 18 x 26.5 cm, the image is identified lower left in type "Bon De Meyer - Londres" and has been signed by the dancer  in ink with his name alone at the right "W. Nijinsky." In fine condition.  Read More...

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Original program from a performance of the Russian Ballet (Ballets Russes) at Covent Garden on July 22, 1911. The program featured the legendary dancersTamar Karsavina and Nijinsky in some of their most celebrated roles, including Scheherezade,  Le Pavillon d'Armide and Les Sylphides. 4 pp. One heavy vertical folding crease and some light soiling; overall in very good condition. 7.25 x 9.75 inches (18.5 x 24.5 cm).

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14369. [Ballets Russes] [Nijinsky, Waslaw. (1889-1950)] Bolm, Adolph. (1884-1951) & Revalles, Flore. (1889-1966).
Souvenir Serge De Diaghileff's BALLET RUSSE 1916 Tour Program - SIGNED

An original 1916 souvenir program from the first American tour of the Ballet Russe, with full-color illustrations of costumes by Leon Bakst, photographs of the dancers, signed by principal dancers Adolph Bolm and Flore Revalles. Bolm has signed below a photograph of himself firing a bow as Prince Igor; Revalles has signed below a photograph of herself in an oriental costume and dated Baltimore, November 14, 1916. The program contains many full-color illustrations and photographs, including a photograph of Nijinsky in Spectre de la Rose and Bakst's Nijinsky as Faun, ballet descriptions, an itinerary, and 2 pages of ads. Pages are of thick ivory uncoated paper, cover is thick mottled grey paper, with embossed gold lettering and an attractive illustration of Nijinksy in Scheherezade. 36 pp. Heavy edge wear to the covers, which are detached from the pages; internally in very good condition overall. 9 x 12 inches (23.5 x 31.5 cm).

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Opulent original program from a 8ieme Saison performance of the Ballets Russes at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées on May 17, 1913. In the newly opened theatre, just two weeks before the infamous premiere of The Rite of Spring, Diaghilev's celebrated company performed the popular ballets of the previous few seasons: L'Oiseau de Feu, Prélude à l'Après-midi d'un Faune, Le Spectre de la Rose, and Danses Polovtsiennes du "Prince Igor," to music by Stravinsky, Debussy, Weber, and Borodin. The orchestra was conducted by the young Pierre Monteux. Scenery and costumes were by Bakst, Golovine, and N. Roerich. The program, lavishly decorated with gold, includes portraits of the principal dancers (including Nijinsky, Nijinska Bolm, Karsavina), fashion plates, and stylish advertisements. The cover features a boldly colored image by Fyodor Fedorovsky of Koschei from The Firebird.  Read More...

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Paris: Manzi, Joyant & Cie. 1909. Special number of the Parisian cultural magazine, devoted to the Saison Russe of 1909. No. 249, Mai (I) 1909. The decorative cover features a color image of Nijinsky and Anna Pavlova in Le Pavillon d'Armide; featured inside are photographs of Feodor Chaliapin in Rimsky-Korsakov's Ivan the Terrible; Michel Fokine, Vera Fokina, Tamar Karsavina, Vera Karalli, Pavlova and Nijinsky, and other singers, actors, and dancers of the Russian companies; and set designs by Roerich and Golovine. 24 pp. Archival tape repairs to the spine and one corner; some light soiling and toning, with one small tear to the back wrapper; overall in fine condition. 11 x 14 inches (27.5 x 35.3 cm). Read More...

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5225. [Ballets Russes] Opera Privé de Paris.
1929 Premiere Saison Program

Profusely illustrated 1929 program for the Opera Privé de Paris production of “Prince Igor” by Borodine. 9.5 x 12.5 inches. 28 pp. Nine tipped-in color plates, including a portrait of its star singer, Maria Kousnetzoff; and, by Konstantin Korovine, six character costumes and two stage sets. The color cover is by J. Bilibine. Also included are full-page portraits of Madame Alexandra Balachova and of baritone Michel Benois, as well as many smaller photographs of other participants such as orchestra director Emil Cooper and choreographer-dancer Michel Fokine (who, a few years later, developed the famous Ballet based on Prince Igor). The center pages somewhat loose from the staples, edges slightly chipped, but complete and overall in very good condition. Read More...

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Drawing, graphite on cream wove paper mounted on board, monogrammed lower left "Bs," ca. 1968. 11 3/4 x 15 7/8 inches. Monnier, Balthus Catalogue Raisonné of the Complete Works, 1999, p. 343, number D 1173.


From the Estate of actor Tony Curtis, a collector of Balthus' works and a friend of the notoriously reclusive artist.


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11685. Bantock, Granville. (1868 - 1946).
Autograph Musical Quotation

Boldly penned AMQS from the popular English composer. Four measures from an unidentified work in B minor, marked "Con Anima" and "mf espress[ivo]" and signed "Granville Bantock." On a small paper measuring 11 x 5.5 cm. Scarce.

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13356. [Baptist Meeting House, Newton Upper Falls, Massachusetts].
"A Grate Singyng Meetyng! At Ye Publick Hall" - 1889 Concert Program

Amusing concert program for an 1889 concert of sacred music at the Baptist Meeting House in Newton Upper Falls, Massachusetts, written throughout in a precious "ye olde English" style. The concert took place "on ye evening of Thursday, May 9, 1889 at earlie candle lighte, wh occurs by ye Olde Farmers' Almanack, and not ye new fangled time, at 7.45 of ye clocke... For a true and faithful chronicle of all ye events wh will then come to pass, see ye lyst wh is in ye middle of ye booke [etc., etc.]" 16 pp. Original green wrapper with some edge nicks; overall toning; otherwise in very good condition. 7.5 x 10 inches (19 x 26 cm).

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10125. Barber, Samuel. (1910-1981).
Collection of privately issued and limited edition recordings of Barber, some inscribed

Nineteen rare gramophone recordings, privately issued, some from broadcasts (some probably unique), several with autograph writing or inscribed, twelve of which are contained in a worn cloth record binder stamped "Samuel Barber Compositions," including of Barber as baritone, accompanying himself performing: Brahms, "Der Gang zum Liebchen", "Der Tod, das ist die kühle Nacht"; Schubert, "Der Jüngling an der Quelle"; Schumann, "In der Fremde"; Mendelssohn, "Ist es wahr?"; C.P.E. Bach "Nonnelied", and Tuscan, English, Kentucky and Tyrolean folk-songs: all at the Curtis Institute, 26 Dec[ember 19]38, 4 records, privately issued, 78 RPM. Read More...

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11190. [Barber, Samuel. (1910-1981)] Auden, W.H. ( (1907–1973).
Birthday Invitation addressed to Samuel Barber, with autograph musical notations

Printed bifold 1962 invitation to the Birthday Party of British-American poet W.H. Auden, addressed in Auden's hand to "Mr. Samuel Barber" at the head in ink and annotated by Barber in pencil with musical rhythms and some calculations on the verso, the inside being blank and thus easily displayed open so both sides are visible. In fine condition, a remarkable association. Read More...

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