Paris: Chez le Suisse de l'Hotel de Noailles, . Folio. Light green paper boards speckled in black, dark red leather title label with decorative gilt rules to spine, all edges red. 1f. (recto title, verso catalogue of Piccinni's operas published up to Penélope), 307 pp. Engraved.
From the André Meyer collection, with his small collection stamp to front endpapers.
Binding very slightly worn and rubbed, endpapers slightly worn, foxed and creased; front free endpaper with slight loss to blank upper inner margin; Slightly worn, browned and foxed, heavier to some leaves; some offsetting; small sewing holes to inner margins; pp. 305/306 loose.
First Edition, second issue, without dedicatory leaf. Lesure p. 497. Hirsch II 733. RISM P2100.
A tragédie lyrique in 3 acts to a libretto by Jean François Marmontel, Didon was first performed at Fontainebleau on October 16, 1783.
"In 1783 Piccinni reached his second peak with a highly successful revival of Atys and the introduction of Didon, which momentarily eclipsed the rising star of Sacchini... The sixth and most successful of the nine serious French operas that Piccinni wrote during his sojourn in Paris, Didon continued to be performed there until 1836 and received performances in French and German translation throughout Europe during the first quarter of the 19th century." Mary Hunter in Grove Music Online. Item #22432
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