[Leningrad & Moscow: Iskusstvo], 1959.. 1959.. Good. - Quarto, 10-3/4 inches high by 8-1/8 inches wide. Yellow cloth titled in orange and gilt on the spine with gilt silhouettes of ostriches stamped in gilt on the front cover and in blind on the rear cover. The head of the spine is heavily bumped with some lighter bumping to the corners and tail of the spine. 264 &  pages, with color pictorial endpapers and profuse illustrations throughout, including several tipped-in black & white plates and several full-page color plates. The rear hinge is starting at the top and a few page corners are very slightly creased. Internally very good.
A substantial work printed in the USSR with Russian text in Cyrillic script on the origins of theatre from an anthropological perspective. The illustrations include depictions of primitive tribal and native rituals. Most of the plates depict early masks from different regions of the world.