Paris: Léon Escudier [PN L.E. 2765., L.E. 2765 et 2767.], [April 1867]. Large octavo. Quarter dark brown morocco with textured brown cloth boards, previous owner's initials ("M.G.") gilt to upper, spine in compartments with rules and titling gilt, marbled endpapers. 1f. (lithographic title illustration by Trinocq after Cravzat including names of Verdi operas entwined around a set of arched columns), 1f. (named cast list for the premiere performance at the Paris Opéra, on March 11, 1867 and index), 359 pp. Text in French. Lithographed.
Binding slightly worn, rubbed, bumped and stained; hinges tender. Slightly foxed; first signature slightly split; occasional small tears; impression occasionally weak; publisher's handstamp to lower right corner of title.
First Edition. Hopkinson 61A considers this to be the earliest printing. Collector William Crawford, however, identified what he believed to be an earlier issue, distinguished by typographical differences to the title page (Verdi's name in a smaller typeface and the absence of the lithographer's name to the lower right corner) and the absence of the printer's imprint to the foot of the first page of music.
"Don Carlos has of late become one of the best-loved and most respected of Verdi’s operas... Verdi dedicated to the work some of his greatest dramatic music. One need think only of the magnificent series of confrontational duets that form such a great part of the drama... several of these break decisively with traditional models, forging for themselves a vital new relationship between musical and dramatic progress. It is for such moments that Don Carlos will be remembered and treasured." Roger Parker in Grove Music Online. Item #24839
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