(BRAQUE, GEORGES AND JEAN COCTEAU) Les Facheux. Theate Serge de Diaghilev.
Paris: Editions des Quatre Chemins, 1924. One of 40 copies on Van Gelder paper of an edition of 500. Two volumes, color pictorial wrappers illustrated by Georges Braque, in the publisher's red-lettered yellow chemise and plain box. 11 x 9 inches (28 x 22.5 cm); the first volume with facsimile plate of music by Georges Auric, who composed the score, a portrait of Auric by Jean Cocteau, and text by Cocteau and Louis Laloy; with 23 lovely pochoir-colored plates from Braque's designs for costume and decor for the ballet Published under the direction of Boris Kochno; plates executed at the ateliers of Daniel Jacomet. The second volume has 22 photographic plates of the dancers and a portrait of Braque after a Man Ray photograph. Short splits to joints at spine extremities else very fresh in the publisher's red-lettered yellow chemise (light soiling, spine replaced) and plain box (with splitting).
The ballet, from Moliere's play "Les Facheux", a comedy-ballet made for the court of Louis XIV in 1661, was choreographed by Bronislava Nijinsky for Diaghilev and presented in January 1924 in Monte Carlo. Niles & Leslie, page 75.
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