vintage ballet books

It’s no secret I love old books.  Especially books about ballet. They can be a little hard to find, but worth the hunt. A lot of vintage ballet books have simply magical illustrations, and reading the stories of famous ballets can be quite enlightening as well.

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“Tales From The Ballet” by Louis Untermeyer (Editor), Martin Provensen (Illustrator), Alice Provenson (Illustrator)

Utterly gorgeous illustrations.  I sought this book out a few years ago, and am so happy I did. I get lost in the fairy tale world every time I turn the pages.

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“Ballet For You” by Lee Wyndham, Illustrated by Catherine Scholz

A charming illustrated guide for the young dancer.

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“The Royal Book of Ballet” by Shirley Goulden, Illustrated by Maraja

A new book for me. It is quite large, and the pictures have a haunting quality to them. My copy is a bit fragile, so I can tell it was read many, many times.

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“Swan Lake – The Story of Prince Siegfried and the Swan Queen” Illustrations by Ludmilla Jirincova

One of my all-time favorite images. This illustration was inspiration for my Swan Lake Birthday Party. (I also had a Swan Lake bedroom as a girl. Maybe you can guess I love Swan Lake?)

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“The Young Dancer” by Darcey Bussell

I hope this doesn’t yet qualify as “vintage” because I read it a lot as a girl. It is all photographs, but ever so detailed! I still find it fascinating – all the Royal Ballet School tidbits.

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I was feeling a bit bored, and decided to print out a few of my scans, add a bit of glimmer and doily and make a decoration for my bulletin board.

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