First edition of the programme of the "Bal des petits lits blancs" of 1934 where one finds a beautiful collaboration between Colette and Mariette Lydis and which served, also, as a revival of this famous event after its interruption in 1933.
The programme is embellished with numerous illustrations, photographs and advertisements: four drawings by Mariette Lydis (article on Ingres bleu, drawings by Mariette Lydis on tracing paper) / "Maternité" by Mariette Lydis (plate in colour) / Drawing by Vertès / Several photographic portraits of artists: Mistinguett, Meg Le Monnier, Marlène Dietrich... / Watercolour by Hermine David / Drawing by Alexeieff, etc.
Bound in publisher’s binding, front cover illustrated by Mariette Lydis and with spiral spine.
The "Bal des Petits Lits Blancs" was a prestigious charity event organised by Léon Bailby (1817-1954), journalist and director of the newspaper "L'Intransigeant" to finance a charity founded on 11 June 1917 for children suffering from tuberculosis. The evening of 5 February 1929, under the patronage of the President of the Republic, included a dinner, ball, entertainment, a raffle and a supper, and attracted cultural and aristocratic personalities from all over Europe, as well as politicians, diplomats and the elite of the entertainment world. It was interrupted during the Second World War and revived in 1947. Léon Bailby organised the "Bal des Petits Lits Blancs" until shortly before his death on 19 January 1954.
This event was the inspiration for the Gala des Artistes, the Cannes Film Festival and various awards ceremonies.
Copy in good condition: some photographs have sustained some age-related wear (see photos). Some of the actresses' names have been marked with a green felt pen either on the portraits or on the side of the page.
As for the rest, it is well preserved.
"Bal des petits lits blancs"
Paris, Journal "Le Jour", 1934.
Unpaginated, approximately 200 pages.
Quarto (22 x 25 cm).