Author: Ian Woodward
Illustrator: Martin Aitchison
Publisher: Ladybird Books Ltd.
Remarks: Early-'80s reprint
Book Condition: Very Good
Jacket Condition: N/A
Description: "Here is a book which will delight all who have some interest in ballet. It will also fascinate the general reader, and inspire many to actually see a ballet in a theatre and experience its excitement and enchantment.
This book tells the story of the development ballet from the early days of dancing in the Royal Courts; explains the language of mime and deals with such subjects as the styles of dancing, training, clothes, shoes, and backstage preparations.
The last few pages describe and illustrate such well known ballets as Giselle, Swan Lake, and others. "
Superb, full-page colour illustrations on every other page. Illustrated endpapers feature b&w labelled depictions of various ballet techniques.
Pictorial matt boards are clean, but have bumped corners and a spine that is badly bumped at the head. Internally, the book is in excellent condition. Unusual black ladybird used in place of the usual black square where the price has been revised.
Measures 17.5 cm × 11.5 cm (7″ × 4.6″). 12mo. 51 pp.