Lettres sur la danse, et sur les ballets, par M. Noverre, Maître des Ballets de Son Altesse Sérénissime Monseigneur le Duc de Wurtemberg, & ci-devant des Thèatres de Paris, Lyon, Marseille, Londres, &c.

Lyon: Delaroche, 1760. Octavo. Contemporary dark tan mottled calf with raised bands on spine in decorative compartments gilt, dark red leather title label gilt, decorative board edges gilt, red edges, marbled endpapers, dark green ribbon marker. 1f. (recto title with decorative device, verso blank), 1f. ("Approbation" and "Privilege Général), 484 pp. Occasional woodcut head- and tailpieces.

Binding slightly worn and rubbed; head and tail of spine chipped; lower portion of joints split and slightly wormed; contemporary notation in ink to upper board; small ink notation to verso of front free endpaper with offsetting to recto of following leaf; ribbon marker slightly frayed. Occasional minor browning and foxing.

A very good, wide-margined copy overall.

First Edition (editions were published in both Lyon and Stuttgart in 1760, with the Lyon edition generally considered to predate the Stuttgart). Gregory Bartlett I p. 199. Cortot p. 143. Beaumont p. 134. De Moroda 1965. RISM BII p. 622.

"Considered as a contemporary history of dancing and as an exposition of the theories and laws governing ballet and dance representation, this work has no equal in the whole of the literature devoted to the Dance, and no book has exerted so incalculable an influence for good on the manner of production of ballets and dances." Beaumont.

"In his work and his writings Noverre was most immediately influenced by the theories of Louis de Cahusac (La danse ancienne et moderne, 1754) and Denis Diderot (Troisième entretien sur le fils naturel, 1757), as well as the programmatic and individualistic dance music of Rameau, the expressive dancing of Marie Sallé, the realistic acting of Garrick, and the dramatic accompanied recitatives in the Italian operas of Hasse and Jommelli. Although Hilverding, Angiolini and others had worked towards the dramatic pantomime ballet, it was Noverre’s Lettres sur la danse which focussed attention on the function of theatrical dance." Kathleen Kuzmick Hansell in Grove Music Online. Item #31788

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