These books belong to my mother, I’m not sure how they’ve ended up in my possession, but I’ve had them for years and of course she’s more than welcome to them back whenever she likes. Anyway they’re not really antiquarian as I think that only classes books over 100 years old, but as these date to the 40’s they’re hardly modern! The first one is all about ballerina Anna Pavlova and is filled with the most amazing pictures of her in full costume. It’s also signed by the author with a dedication to my great grandmother in the front, didn’t people use to have such lovely handwriting? Even though it’s really short I’ve only skim read it, but its beautifully written by someone who was obviously enamored by her.
The other book is a quick historical overview of the English ballet and includes some lovely illustrations and classic photographs. I haven’t read this one as in general I’m not the biggest ballet fan (except of course Matthew Bourne!) but the pictures are lovely and if someone had the inclination to cut it up the plates would look great framed. I just found out it’s very cheap to buy on amazon so I would guess it had quite a large print run.