Lot n° 49
1000 - 1200
Result without fees
: 1 100EUR
King Oedipus. Romeo and Juliet (Paris, "Le Roseau d'or - Oeuvres et Chroniques", Plon, 1928); in-8, paperback, uncut.
Original edition, 4962 copies printed; one of the 350 non-commercial copies, marked E.P. on alfa paper; illustrations by the author reproduced in black.
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Long signed and autographed letter to Boris KOCHNO, in black ink on the double page of the false title and the receipt. "My dear Boris I was very surprised by Serge[LIFAR]'s attitude yesterday. I am used to and respect the work. I wasn't disturbing yours. I thought it was friendly to kiss you and wave from room to room.
It is natural that I know the music of Nicolas[NABOKOV].
I knew her before it was even the Russian Ballet. For the show Nicolas never opens his mouth, but everyone tells me about it. It doesn't matter, either. The theatre, except mine,[addition in incise: Except mine, means, except the work I wear there] interests me very little and I will unfortunately be in Villefranche during your season. I kiss you. Goodbye John".
Boris KOCHNO (1904-1990), writer and librettist, was Serge de DIAGHILEV's secretary and artistic advisor during the last period of the Ballets Russes, often replacing him by supervising the creations. The dedication refers to the oratorio-ballet Ode, music by Nicolas Nabokov on a libretto by Boris Kochno after Mikhail
Lomonosov, choreography by Léonide Massine, danced in particular by Serge Lifar, premiered by the Ballets Russes on 6 June 1928 at the
Sarah Bernhardt Theatre.]
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