Autograph letter signed in full to Mariani & Co. Zélie DE LUSSAN.

Autograph letter signed in full to Mariani & Co.

3 pp. of a bifolium. Octavo. Dated February 26, 1884. In black ink. On stationery with De Lussan's initials surmounted by a gold crown embossed at head.

De Lussan endorses Vin Mariani.

"I am more than pleased to tell you that I have used your Vin Mariani for three years and find it very good before singing or after. I would advise all artists and readers to use it and wish you the great success which indeed your famous 'Vin Mariani' has won."

Slightly worn and soiled; creased at folds.

Zélie De Lussan was an American mezzo-soprano of French descent. She "made her official stage début at Boston in 1884, as Arline in Balfe’s The Bohemian Girl. In 1888 she sang in London as Carmen, a role she is said to have sung more than 1000 times, and in which many considered her the equal of Calvé. She also became famous for her Zerlina in Don Giovanni, and in 1897 was London’s first Musetta in La bohème. Her Metropolitan début in 1894 as Carmen was no less successful, and she appeared there for a further three seasons in roles including Nannetta, Zerlina and Nedda. In 1910 she sang Cherubino in Beecham’s Mozart season at His Majesty’s and Gertrude in Hamlet at Covent Garden; she also worked with smaller companies such as the Carl Rosa and Moody-Manners, with which she sang until 1913. She taught for many years in England, retaining the vitality and charm of her personality well into old age. Her recordings are few but show something of her rich voice and lively temperament." J.B. Steane in Grove Music Online.

Made from Bordeaux wine and coca leaves, Vin Mariani was a popular tonic and patent medicine created by Angelo Mariani, a French chemist. It contained 6 or 7.2 mg of cocaine per fluid ounce of wine. Many notable historical figures, including Queen Victoria, Pope Leo XIII, and Ulysses S. Grant drank Vin Mariani. Thomas Edison claimed it helped him stay awake longer.

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Price: $75.00  other currencies

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