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L'homme et son desir
[Petropolis (Brazil) and Paris (Nouvelle Revue Francaise), circa 1917]. Large 4to (11 1/2 x 56 7/8 inches when fully extended), stiff cream paper hand-cut to expose backing of heavy royal blue pochoir stock, mounted on bristol board, panels connected beneath backing with linen hinges. 7 double-sided panels, containing mounted panels of handwritten text by Claudel and cut-out designs by Audrey Parr of nude and clothed dancers, with blue ink ornamental additions. Original folding slipcase. Copy no. 14 of an edition of 50 (reportedly). The front side contains pasted panels of text, hand-written by Claudel and comprising the ballet's scenic and choreographic directions and libretto. Alongside the text panels are cut-out designs of nude and clothed dancers, with hand-drawn ornamental additions in blue ink by Parr. On the reverse is a bright, semi-abstract collage by Helene Hoppenot (the famed photographer) of black figures with sashes and musical instruments in gold foil appliques, set against printed commercial music staves, with geometricized, hand-cut black musical notes forming the score for the work by Darius Milhaud Claudel created the ballet while he served as French minister to Brazil and Milhaud was his secretary. According to Milhaud, the Ballets Russes gave a performance in Rio in 1916; it was one of the last times Nijinsky performed, and it was with him in mind that Claudel composed the ballet. See full illustrated description: http://www.goldenlegend.com/list/claudel.pdf
      [Bookseller: Golden Legend, Inc.]
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