London: Geoffrey Bles, 1939. First Edition. Large Quarto, pp.; 96. Illustrated with 96 tipped-in black and white photographs of Russian ballet stars, including frontispiece. Bound in recent dark blue half morocco with gilt titles and raised bands to spine, blue cloth boards, fore-edge deckled. Internally clean but for a few minor marks and spots, binding is fine. A handsome copy. A series of photographic studies of the stars of both Russian ballet companies at the time, including a portrait of the choreographer Michael Fokine, young Serge Lifar, Irina Baronova, Anton Dolin, Alexandra Danilova, Frederick Franklin, Tamara Grigorieva, David Lichine, Alicia Markova, Marc Platoff, Leonide Massine, Mia Slavenska and others. Gordon Anthony was born James Gordon Dawson Stannus in Wicklow, Ireland on 23 December 1902. He started working in photography in 1926, making images of the students at his sister's ballet school in London. In 1933 he became the portrait photographer to the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, Stratford. His photographs helped to make the Royal Ballet known across the world in the 1930s. In 1948, he published the first ever book of colour photography in Great Britain, Studies of Dancers. Anthony's photographs are held in major collection including the Victoria and Albert Museum and the National Portrait Gallery. Item #44366
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