London: C. W. Beaumont, 1924. Payne, William. Octavo. (iv), 32, (2)pp. One of 110 copies printed as a deluxe edition with signatures of both author and illustrator. Illustrations throughout, three of which are full-page images, all with the same green, red, yellow, and light brown color palette. The story, set during the Christmas season, recounts the sudden appearance of a magical toy shop and the resultant amazement and uproar among the townspeople. The shop includes acrobats who fly through the air, knights who joust against one another, lifelike animals and dolls, and a precious dancer who moved her whole body to music played from a box. This last item bears striking resemblance to the famed nineteenth-century ballerina Marie Taglioni, who is considered the first ballerina to truly dance en pointe. The particular attention to the dancer-doll's details, apparent in both the text and in the rich illustrations, is due to the Beaumont's own prominence in the world of dance. Beaumont, a dance historian, spent his life recording, analyzing, and promoting dance. He was a friend of Italian ballet master Enrico Cecchetti and, along with dancer Stanislas Idzikowski, worked to perseve the Cecchetti method of teaching. The resulting techinical manual, publishing in 1922, is still used today to train dancers around the world. Bound in decorated papers over boards, with gilt-stamped spine. Some rubbing to corners, half-inch tear to dedication page, else fine.
(Inventory #: 27761)
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