Wien: Gloriette-Verlag, 1923. First edition. Octavo. Original paper boards over vellum backstrip, spine lettered in gilt, with cover drawing by Anita Berber. One of 950 copies, of a total edition of 1000. ,  plates, 11-72, , xvi photographic plates, , 3 plates, , 7 plates. Photographs of Berber and Droste by the Atelier d'Ora [Dora Kallmus]. Self-portraits by Anita Berber and stage and costume design illustrations by architect Harry Täuber printed in full color on heavy stock paper. Boards a bit rubbed and soiled, first signature a little loose. Pages a bit toned.
An unusual hybrid book, outlining a dance performance that Berber performed with her husband Sebastian Droste in 1922. The book opens with two drawings by Felix Harta of Berber and Droste. Poetic introductory texts by Berber and Droste respectively are then followed by texts from Droste describing scenarios from the various dances, and poems by Berber. This is followed by sixteen photographic plates of Berber and Droste in various costumes, as shot by the Atelier D'Ora, noted for its portraits of dancers, actors, and other bohemians. Three self-portraits by Berber follow, finished with seven plates of stage and costume design by the architect Harry Täuber, with a brief text by him.
A remarkable document of Weimar decadence. As the translator Merrill Cole wrote of Berber and her then-husband Droste, "Even the biographical details seduce: a bisexual sometimes-prostitute and a shady figure from the male homosexual underworld, united in addiction to cocaine and disdain for bourgeois respectability, both highly talented, expressionist-trained dancers, both beautiful exhibitionists, set out to provide the Babylon on the Spree with the ultimate experience of depravity, using an art form they had helped to invent for this purpose." OCLC locates thirteen copies in America. Item #1885