Leipzig: Breitkopf & Härtel [PN 8600], [October 1853]. Folio. Half black calf with textured cloth boards, raised bands on spine in compartments gilt. 1f. (title), 1f. (contents), 12 (cast list and poem in German translation), 3-53, [i] (blank) pp. Title lithographed, text of poem typeset, music engraved.
Contemporary owner's signature: "Auguste Langhans," in ink to foot of front free endpaper and lower right corner of title. Blindstamp to upper right corner of rear endpaper: "Buchbinderei von JGA Peper Neue Groningerstr. 7 Hamburg."
Boards slightly worn and rubbed, endpaper slightly stained and foxed. Very slightly foxed; small oval publisher's handstamp to foot of title.
A very good copy on high-quality paper.
First Edition. Hofmann p. 251 (dated "November 1853"). McCorkle p. 491 (as IVe). Hoboken 15, 202 (incorrectly dated "1852"; with wrappers).
Schumann set the poem in a German translation by Karl Adolf Suckow (1802-1847). The overture to Manfred was first performed in Weimar on March 14th 1852; the incidental music to the poem was introduced three months later in Leipzig. While the overture is a staple concert piece, the remainder of the music is seldom performed. Item #24808
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