Russian Ballet: Set of 6 Lithographs by David Bomberg
Artist(s): David Bomberg
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Russian Ballet is an artist’s book by David Bomberg. It comprised a booklet of eight sheets containing lithographically printed text and six illustrations in four and five colours, each one signed in the plate with the artist’s initials. The booklet did not sell well and eventually the remaining booklets and unbound sheets ended up with Jacob Mendelsohn who had originally financed the project. The book was supposedly printed in an edition of 100. After being withdrawn from Henderson’s Bomb Shop in the Charing Cross Road the remaining stock was bought back by Jacob Mendelson, These remainders stayed in storage until the 1960s, when interest in Bomberg began to be rekindled. No sooner had Mendelson started to sell off the copies that had been in storage for 40 years, than most of the remaining books were destroyed in a fire. This set of the lithographs is one of the unbound sets in fine condition. Ref: Tate Gallery