[London]: Printed by Jarrold and Sons Ltd. Norwich and Published bu the Covent Garden Opera Trust, (1946).. (1946).. Very good. - Quarto, 11-3/4 inches high by 9 inches wide. Softcover, bound in color pictorial wraps illustrated by James Bailey. The covers are slightly rubbed along the extremities. 64 pages, profusely illustrated in black & white and in color. There is a tiny dent to the front edge of the front cover and first few leaves. Very good.
Includes contributions by Philip Page "The Royal Opera House", Anthony Gishford "The Covent Garden Opera Trust" and "Frederick Ashton" (with a portrait by Cecil Beaton), David Webster "Lord Keynes", Frances Harris "Ninette de Valois", Sacheverell Sitwell "The Sleeping Beauty" and "Giselle", and Michael Benthall "The Creation of a Ballet".
This volume is superbly illustrated with portraits of the dancers and notables, including Ninette de Valois, Constant Lambert, Frederick Ashton, Margot Fonteyn, Moira Shearer, Harold Turner, Pamela May, June Brae, Robert Helpmann, David Paltenghi, Alexis Rassine, Beryl Grey, Michael Somes, and so on, together with photographs of performances and stagings.
Among the photographs are works by Cecil Beaton, Germaine Kanova, Baron, Frank Sharman, Gordon Anthony, etc. Other illustrations include a color plate depicting "William Chappell's backcloth design for the first act of Coppelia", and color photographs of performances of "The Sleeping Beauty" featuring Margot Fonteyn.
Among the ballets featured in this, number one of the Covent Garden books, are "The Sleeping Beauty", "Giselle", "Adam Zero", "Les Sirenes", etc.