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Die Tänze, des Lasters, des Grauens und - Berber, Anita & Sebastian Droste - 1923. 
- Wien; im Gloriette-Verlag, 1923. 22,5x16 cm. 72, (1, 1 blank) pp. + 16 photo plates + (1, 1 blank) pp. + 3 plates + (1, 1 blank) pp. + 7 plates. Original clothbacked pictorial boards with decorated endpapers. Corners are a bit worn. A slight nick at the top corner on front free endpaper up to p. 24. The last seven plates have a small nick at lower corner. The text leaves are a bit toned. A well-preserved copy. No. 365 of 1000 issued copies, of which the first 50 copies were printed on better paper, and provided with hand-coloured plates. Anita Berber (1899-1928) and her sometime husband Sebastian Droste (1892-1927) were both dancers and actors in 1920s Berlin, connected to the different subcultural scenes. The book Dances of Vice, Horror, and Ecstasy was based on a joint performance with the same name, and contains poems by both Berber and Droste, with titles such as Kokain, Selbstmord, and Morphium. Three plates shows Berber's drawings, with one of them repeated on front board. The photos, showing Berber and Droste in different dramatic postures, were taken by Dora Kalmus. The Austrian cultural historian and expressionist poet Leopold Wolfgang Rochowanski contributed with a combination of poetry and theorethical statements on art, and the final seven plates are sketches of stage decorations by architect Harry Täuber. The book is a fine example of the decadent scene of interwar Berlin. [Attributes: Hard Cover]
[Bookseller: Patrik Andersson, Antikvariat.]
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