Wien... Leipzig: Universal=Edition [PN U.E. 5334. 5336], [August 22, 1914].
12mo. Original publisher's printed wrappers. 1f. (title), [i] ("Vorwort" by Schoenberg), [ii] (contents), [iii]-[iv] (text of the 21 poems), 5-78 pp. Printed note to lower left corner of first page of music: "Copyright 1914 by Universal-Edition" and ower right corner of first page of music: "Stich und Druck von Breitkopf & Härtel in Leipzig."
Titling of upper wrapper identical with title.
Small English antiquarian bookseller's label laid down to verso of upper wrapper.
Wrappers browned and detached, with slight loss to lower; spine lacking. First and last signature detached; small stains to final page of music.
First Edition, first issue of the study score. Rufer (Engl.) pp. 38-40. Ringer p. 314. Tetsuo Satoh pp. 13-16.
The study score (U.E. 5336) is a photographic reduction of the full-size first edition, first issue score (U.E. 5334).
Albertine Zehme (1857-1946), an actress born in Vienna and later active in Berlin, is now exclusively remembered as the person who commissioned and first performed Pierrot Lunaire. "Read the preface, looked at the poems. I am enthusiastic. A brilliant idea, entirely in my spirit. I would do it even without a fee." Website of the Arnold Schoenberg Center, Vienna (Schoenberg's diary).
The poems are by the Belgian Albert Giraud (1860-1929) in the German translation by Erich Otto Hartleben (1864-1905).
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