[Milano]: G. Ricordi & C. [PN 102181], . Large octavo. Original publisher's illustrated boards, decorative endpapers. [i] (title), [i] (copyright notice), 1f. (illustration and facsimile autograph signature), 1f. (cast list), 1f. (half-title), 1f. (table of contents), 1f. (description of scene), 124, 1f. (description of scene), 125-254, 1f. (description of scene), 255-308 pp.
Head-and-shoulders portrait of the composer by Hohenstein, dated April 22, 98, following title, above composer's facsimile autograph. Decorative devices to most introductory leaves and descriptions of scenes. With publisher's blindstamp "8.18" (August, 1918) to lower inner corner of preliminary leaves.
Binding slightly worn, rubbed and bumped; hinges partially split. Occasional creasing and light browning; some signatures partially separated; small tear to lower edge of page 183.
Iris was first performed at the Teatro Costanzi in Rome on November 22, 1898, and was revised the following year for La Scala in Milan.
"The Japanese milieu of Iris, first performed more than five years before Madama Butterfly, indicated still another turn in Mascagni's efforts to lend variety to his career. A shrewd mixture of shocking and exotic effects, Iris earned wider acceptance than any of his scores since Cavalleria [rusticana]." The New Grove Vol. 11, p. 743. Item #24847
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