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1977 1st Ed `Giselle' Ballet DJ 1st Printing, Violette Verdy - Marcia Brown Art , Dance, Prima Ballerina
COLLECTOR'S 1977 vintage first edition, first printing children's hardcover book with rare original dust jacket – Giselle: A Role for a Lifetime.
Working in a unique collaboration with Violette Verdy, Caldecott Medal winner Marcia Brown has produced a haunting evocation of the Romantic age.
Written by Violette Verdy with Ann Sperber, with the text of the ballet scenario adapted from Theophile Gautier (French poet).
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Book, New York, Copyright, 1970 illustrations, text 1977, true first edition with full number line. ISBN 0-824-76525-7
There have been many photographs of Giselle's, but none accomplish what Brown's illustrations do in creating and sustaining a Giselle of the imagination with her sense of detail, movement and mood.
EXQUISITE brown, black & white pen and ink drawings. Photos do not fully capture exact color hues & elaborate detail; wait until see up close. WOW!
Verdy recreates experience of Giselle graced with special insights developed from distinguished dance career. Story, picture, commentary provides perspective on Giselle that cannot be found elsewhere.
Ballet Icon Violette Verdy: Prima Ballerina, Choreographer & Director:
Roland Petit's Les Ballets de Paris, London Festival Ballet,
La Scala, American Ballet Theatre,
Principal Dancer New York City Ballet(NYCB)(1958–1977),
Director - Paris Opera Ballet and Boston Ballet.
A ROLE For A Lifetime:
Ms Verdy discusses the performing traditions established by the great ballerinas and their teachers and her own education in the role.
A Guided Tour - dancer's view of ballet, taking the reader beyond the footlights.
The Ballet: Act I & Act II, A Letter to Heine and Giselle on the Road.
Hardcover with dustjacket, vibrant textured blue cloth boards and bright silver spine titles, 80pp, 9" x 7". Pages MINT & unused. Fine vintage condition.
Binding tight. Not ex-lib. Cover fine/bright/sharp/clean. Pages fine/bright/crisp/clean. DJ excellent/bright/clean-light shelfwear-1" thin top tear.
Dj back 1" slit-tiny bottom tear/light top spine chipping. Front possible light top discoloration-might be actual color hues; we are not sure.
This rare masterpiece is a must have for all ballet lovers; will make a FABULOUS gift!!
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Beth, New England, MA
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