Mayence: B. Schott Fils [PN] 2262, [December 1825]. Folio. Disbound. In original dark yellow wrappers. 1f. (title), 1f. (advertisements), 60, [ii] (blank) pp. Title lithographed, music engraved, advertisements typeset. Price: "2 f 30 xr."
With printed titling "Partition de L'Ouverture en Ut... Oeuvre  (overpaste) par Louis van Beethoven" and 19th century Dresden music seller's decorative label to upper wrapper incorporating musical instruments: "Kunst- & Musikalien-Handlung Leihanstalt für Musik. Abonnement de Musique. C.A. Klemm in Dresden," manuscript number "163" to center of label. With numerous contemporary additions to titling in manuscript: "à grand orchestre," "Op. 124. Partition. R[eichsthaler] 2/ 5 ngr. Dresde, chez C. A. Klemm" and further manuscript annotations to head of upper wrapper: "Lit. U." and "No. 3."
Second price added to title in manuscript: "fl. 3.45 (d. 2 5 [currency illegible]). Handstamp to upper right corner of upper wrapper and p. 1: "Alfred Jahrow Musikdirector 4. K[öniglich] S[ächsisches] Inft. [=Infanterie] Rg. [=Regiment] Bautzen" (Alfred Jahrow, music director of the 4th Royal Saxon Infantry Regiment, Bautzen). Crosses in red crayon to head and foot of p. 48; annotation in red crayon to p. 55.
The advertisement leaf solicits subscriptions to Beethoven's opp. 123 (the Missa solemnis), 124 (the present overture), and 125 (Symphony no. 9), followed by extended privileges of the King of Prussia and the King of Bavaria granting copyright to the publisher for Beethoven's opp. 121-128, with advertisement for the journal Cäcilia, launched in 1824, to verso.
Wrappers worn, torn and soiled, upper detached. Some foxing, soiling, dampstaining, and offsetting; corners of first leaves worn and creased; some signatures detached. minor paper imperfections. An uncut copy.
First Edition, variant issue. Rare. Kinsky pp. 368-69 (stating that the omission of the trombones from the listing of the instruments on the title was an oversight and that the earliest copies carried an incorrect opus number "142," corrected by an overpaste). Weinhold, in Dorfmüller, p. 261 (with varying printed prices, the earliest issues apparently lacking price). Beethoven-Haus (C 124/1 and HCB C MD12).
Alfred Jahrow (1849-1905) was military music director in Bautzen from 1876.
This overture is generally known by the name "The Consecration of the House," the play by Karl Meisl (after August von Kotzebue) for which Beethoven composed the music. Item #23009
Price: $2,000.00 other currencies