NINA

[ Mona Inglesby and International Ballet. ] Autograph Signatures of Inglesby and 23 members of her International Ballet troupe, including Moira Shearer, Nina Tarakanova, Claudie Léonard Algeranova, Anna Marinova, Joyce Graeme, Rex Reid, Jean Harris.

Author: 
Mona Inglesby (1918-2006), dancer, choreographer, founder of International Ballet [ Moira Shearer, Nina Tarakanova, Claudie Léonard Algeranova, Anna Marinova, Joyce Graeme, Rex Reid, Jean Harris ]
Publication details: 
No place. Dated 1942.
£320.00

There has been a recent resurgence of interest in Mona Inglesby and her International Ballet (1942-1951). In 2008 Kay Hunter published a study of the troupe, titled 'Ballet in the Blitz'; then in 2012 BBC Radio 4 aired a documentary about Mona Inglesby and International Ballet, titled 'Black-Out Ballet: The Invisible Woman of British Ballet'. The writer of the documentary, Ismene Brown, gave the following explanation of her motives: 'In 2006 an elderly dancer died in Bexhill-on-Sea, Sussex. She was 88, and had once been one of Britain's most recognised ballerinas.

[ Leonard Borwick, English concert pianist. ] Autograph Signature, with that of 'Nina Balfour' (i.e. Lady Helena Balfour).

Author: 
Leonard Borwick (1868-1925), English concert pianist; Nina Balfour [ Lady Helena Balfour ] (1865-1948)
Publication details: 
Without place or date.
£75.00

On a 4to leaf extracted from a diary, at the page for the entries for 25 and 26 February.; with printed sheet music on reverse. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. The signature 'Leonard Borwick' is written above that of 'Nina Balfour'. Balfour does not appear to have performed music in public, but she is listed as 'Reader' in a concert of 1919.

Autograph Letter in the third person from Nina Mary Benita Douglas-Hamilton, Duchess of Hamilton, ordering a book from the London booksellers George Routledge & Sons.

Author: 
Nina Mary Benita Douglas-Hamilton [née Poore] (1878-1951), Duchess of Hamilton, co-founder in 1903 of the Animal Defence and Anti-Vivisection Society [George Routledge & Sons, Ltd, London booksellers]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Merley House, Wimborne. 28 May 1904.
£56.00

1p., 4to. Good, on aged and lightly-creased paper. 'The Duchess of Hamilton will be much obliged if Messrs G. Routledge & Sons will send her the newest edition of | A History of British Birds | by Rev. F. O. Morris | Newly revised corrected & enlarged | @ £4 - 10 - 0 | To above address -'.

Autograph Letter Signed ('Nina Kandinsky') in French from the widow of the Russian artist Wassily Kandinsky to the collector and publisher Hans Juda, praising an exhibition catalogue and giving details of how to meet in Paris.

Author: 
Nina Kandinsky [née Nina Nikolayevna Andreevskaya] (d.1983), wife of Russian painter Wassily Kandinsky (1866-1944) [Hans Peter Juda (1904-1975), art collector and publisher]
Publication details: 
In envelope addressed from 135 Boulevard du Général Koenig, Neuilly-sur-Seine. 20 October 1968.
£90.00

1p., 8vo. In fair condition: lightly-aged and creased with light wear at head. Stapled to air mail envelope (lacking stamp), addressed to Juda at The Penthouse, 10 Palace Gate, London. She thanks him for the catalogue, which is 'très bien fait'. She thinks back 'avec plaisir' to her stay in London, and will be very happy to receive him at her Paris address, whose telephone number she gives. Postscript reads: 'J'èspere [sic] que l'exposition a une bonne presse? [signed] N. K.'

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