The Roaring Twenties

ROBINSON (Holland)Quelques impressions sur la danseuse Nina Payne [= A Few Impressions on the Dancer Nina Payne].

Paris, Editions Francis Salabert, (1922).

Small folio, publisher’s illustrated cream stiff covers. 15 pp. of printed music. Complete.

First Edition.

Striking avant-garde cover design in green, black and red signed Hàgyra.

The American composer Holland Robinson (c.1897-1945) had a real talent for music and had been earning a living in Tacoma, Washington, playing piano to accompany the silent films being shown in a local cinema. There he made the acquaintance of Nina, who came to the same theatre as part of a travelling vaudeville company. Learning that his best friend, the Art Deco illustrator Frank MacCoy (“Mac”) Harshberger (1900-1975) was off to Paris, Holland made the decision to uproot and move to Paris and to devote himself to the serious study of music composition. There he absorbed the new harmonies of Satie and Debussy and combined them with American lyricism and Jazz. Nina also travelled to Paris and as a dancer became a star at the Folies Bergères. In Paris, the aspiring artists and life partners became part of the expatriate American artistic clique and collaborated on projects in which Holland composed music and Mac often provided illustrations for the sheet music covers. In 1926, Mac and Holland moved back to the States, opening a grand studio in New York. There they launched Robinson-Harshberger Productions, publishing graphic art, limited edition books, and illustrated sheet music. Mac’s sister Kay (wife of Jean de Landry) and Nina later returned to the States, also settling down in New York, where Kay provided lyrics for some of Mac and Holland’s musical and artistic publications (Wolfsonian).

Excellent bright copy.

Price: 600,00 euros

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