[Nijinsky, Waslaw. (1889-1950)] Nijinsky, NEE de Pulszky, Romola. (1891 - 1978)

"Nijinsky: By Romola Nijinsky, His Wife" - SIGNED

New York: Simon And Schuster. 1947. First edition, eleventh printing. 8vo. 447 pp.17 photograph illustrations, index. Hardcover, red cloth in illustrated dustjacket, signed and inscribed by Romola Nijinsky on the first free endpage in blue ink: "To Marguerite Mc Bride / who is so wonderful + helpful / with my best wishes / Romola Nijinsky / 1952. New -York."  Binding tight and very fine, a few pages with light corner creases, scarce dj with sunned spine and tears to edges, overall very good condition.

An attractive signed copy of this controversial book, signed by the Hungarian heiress and dancer in Diaghilev's corps de ballet who won the affections of Vaslav Nijinsky on the company's 1913 sea voyage to South America, and by the time they landed in Buenos Aires, had convinced him to marry her! Upon receiving the news of the marriage, Diaghilev cabled Nijinsky to inform him that he was dismissed from the company. Severed from his personal and professional ties with the ballet, Nijinsky began his famous struggle with mental illness. Though he rejoined Diaghilev for a world tour, he retired in 1917 when he was diagnosed a paranoid schizophrenic. (22014)

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