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Posted 29 August 2003 - 12:08 PM

Where is it possible to find Beaumont's "complete book of ballet" ?

#2 rg

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Posted 29 August 2003 - 12:27 PM

some 17 copies seem to be for sale on bibliofind, a 'wing' of amazon.
don't know if you can get to bibliofind via balletalert's 'amazon' button but you can try; otherwise here's the url for the page w/the book
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http://s1.amazon.com...8726544-9076017

there are other used/rare book sites, so you could perhaps find it elsewhere as well. good luck.
p.s. these sellers are in no way related to yrs. trly. i get no commission....

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Posted 30 August 2003 - 06:16 AM

I bought a copy last year at www.Alibris.com. They had two versions--one published in 1938, and the other a few years later, 1942, I believe.

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Posted 30 August 2003 - 06:22 AM

I was interested to see the prices -- quite low for what is, to me, such a valuable book. (When I first discovered ballet, Cyril WB was my first window on the 19th century. I must have read that book, cover to cover, four times.) I bought mine back in 1977 and it was $15 then -- several copies on that list are $15 now. A few years later, when Beaumont died, you couldn't get one for love or money, as they say, and when they started coming back on the market the book was generally $60 in New York's Ballet Shop.

Anyone who is interested in 19th century ballet should have this book, IMHO. Thanks for the suggestions on how to find a copy, rg and atm.

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Posted 30 August 2003 - 07:14 AM

fyi: here are the citations i found according to the n.y.public lib. for the perf. arts re: beaumont's various ballet-story compilations, including the other printings and/or revised editons of 'complete book' etc.
from my brief connection to these used-book sites, it would seem that the description listing are not always all that comprehensive re: what editon, etc.:

Beaumont, Cyril W. (Cyril William), 1891-1976.
Title : Complete book of ballets; a guide to the principal ballets of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, by Cyril W. Beaumont.
Imprint : New York, G. P. Putnam's sons, 1938.
Description : xxiv p., 1 l., 900 p. front., plates, ports. 22 cm.

Beaumont, Cyril W. (Cyril William), 1891-1976.
Title : Supplement to Complete book of ballets.
Imprint : London, C. W. Beaumont, 1942.
Description : 208 p. illus., ports. 23 cm.
Notes : "Copyright 1942."

Beaumont, Cyril W. (Cyril William), 1891-1976.
Title : Ballets of today; being a second supplement to the Complete book of ballets.
Imprint : London, Putman, 1954.
Description : x, 250 p. illus., ports. 23 cm.
Notes : A supplement to both the London edition, 1937, and the American edition, 1938, including a "Corrigenda" section at end with page references to each edition.
: Binder's title: Complete book of ballets, supplement 2.

Beaumont, Cyril W. (Cyril William), 1891-1976.
Title : Ballets past & present; being a third supplement to the Complete book of ballets.
Imprint : London, Putnam, 1955.
Description : x, 259 p. illus., ports. 23 cm.
Notes : "First published 1955."

Beaumont, Cyril W. (Cyril William), 1891-1976.
Title : Complete book of ballets; a guide to the principal ballets of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
Imprint : Garden City, N.Y., Garden City Pub. Co. [1941, c1938]
Description : xxiv, 900 p. plates, ports. 23 cm.

Beaumont, Cyril W. (Cyril William), 1891-1976.
Title : Complete book of ballets; a guide to the principal ballets of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
Imprint : London, Putnam [1937]
Description : xxv, 1100 p. plates, ports. 23 cm.
Notes : "First published November, 1937."

Beaumont, Cyril W. (Cyril William), 1891-1976.
Title : Complete book of ballets; a guide to the principal ballets of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
Imprint : London, Putnam, [1956]
Description : xxi, 1106 p. illus., ports. 23 cm.
Notes : "First published 1937; revised edition 1949... reprinted 1956."

Beaumont, Cyril W. (Cyril William), 1891-1976.
Title : Supplement to Complete book of ballets.
Imprint : London, Putnam [1952]
Description : 212 p. illus., ports. 23 cm.
Notes : "Reprinted September 1952."

Beaumont, Cyril W. (Cyril William), 1891-1976.
Title : Supplement to Complete book of ballets.
Imprint : London, C. W. Beaumont [1945]
Description : ix, 220 p. illus., ports. 23 cm.
Notes : "Reprinted (with addition of index and corrigenda) November 1945."

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Posted 30 August 2003 - 07:34 AM

Alexandra, my introduction to ballet was also through Beaumont's book. During The War my older sister had a beau (an English Naval officer) who came to our shores often during those years. He took her to the ballet many times, and as an appreciation for her company, and the comfort of being a part of our family when he was in town, he gave her a copy of the book. My sister and the Englishman remained friends until his death ten years ago.

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Posted 30 August 2003 - 07:45 AM

Oh, rg, thank you -- I agree, the descriptions aren't always complete, and this will be invaluable. Also a good check list for those who THINK they have the complete Cyril WB :)

And atm, thank you for that lovely story.

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Posted 30 August 2003 - 09:07 AM

It's one of life's little trials that every other ballet I want to read about seems to be covered in Ballets Past and Present, which in my case I have not got. I imagine it as being as long as the original volume!

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Posted 30 August 2003 - 01:55 PM

4 copies of 'ballets past & present' are on bibliofind at the moment, the price range is $20 - $50.
as indicated above the supplement vols. are about a third, or just less, the size of the initial: complete book of ballets.
here's the bibliofind link, fyi:
http://s1.amazon.com...8726544-9076017

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Posted 31 August 2003 - 07:55 AM

Thankyou, rg - I've also managed to find one available in the UK so I'll probably go for that to save the postage.


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