Rare Books & Fine Prints
Schnackenberg, Walthur. Ballet und Pantomime. Munich: George Mueller, 1920. One of 850. Folio, loose in original board portfolio Album with 22 vibrant silkscreen (pochoir) color plates
Born in Bad Lauterburg in 1880, Walter Schnackenberg found his vocation as a draughtsman and painter while still very young. At 19 he went to Munich, where he at first attended Heinrich Knirr's painting school before going on directly, like so many of his contemporaries, to study at the Franz von Stuck Academy.
Modern dancers of the period, like Lo Hesse and Joachim von Seewitz, “relied heavily on extravagantly exotic costumes designed mostly by the Munich expressionist artist Walter Schnacknberg (1880-1961)”.
De Coster, Germaine [artist]. Buffon. Lettre-préface de Georges Duhamel gravures de Germaine de Coster. Paris: [privately printed] 1951.
#3 of 3 special copies, with three original drawings laid in, with a suite of woodcuts in the first state, as well as a suite of woodcuts all by Germaine De Coster.
How ballroom dances were taught in the era of Napoleon
Recueil des Contre-danses et Walzes Par Louis Julien Clarchies, Paris: Chez Frere, Marchand de Musique. Passage du Saumon Rue Montmarte. Proprieté de l’Editeur. (1802-1805).
Two collections each of 13 dances for the ballroom, each with music and step instruction. This type of choreography, written with simple step directions instead of the elaborate engraved dance notation of the ancient regime, was to become the standard choreography for 19th century social dance choreography.
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