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Small folio, 40pp. of captioned photographs by Walery of the performers (including a number of Josephine Baker), thick paper covers, the front cover with embossed titles and circular cut out revealing part of a colour illustration of Baker, glassine dustwrapper. In very good condition with a little wear, the dustwrapper worn with some loss. The fourth in the Folies Bergère 'Albums de Luxe' series, first published in 1923. The Folies Bergère in Paris opened in Paris in 1869 as a light entertainment venue and was well renowned for its extravagant costumes and, in the early 1920s, its nudity. Josephine Baker, an American who arrived in France in 1925, first appeared at the Folies Bergère in 1926 in this, their new revue 'La Folie du Jour'. She was to become a hugely successful & highly paid entertainer. She could not repeat this success in her home country, however, and after her marriage in 1937 she became a French citizen. In the war she was an active member of the French resistance and after the war she was awarded the Croix de Guerre. She died in 1975. Walery is purportedly Lucien Walery, a photographer working in Paris in the 1920s, who specialised in portraits of dancers in the music halls. His images of Baker are particularly well known.
Author L[ouis] Lemarchand for the Folies Bergère (photographs by Walery)