Paris: La Librairie de L'Art, 1888. Folio. Half dark red morocco with marbled boards, raised bands on spine in decorative compartments with titling gilt. 1f. (half-title), 1f. (frontispiece), 1f. (title printed in red and black), 1f. (dedication to Ernest Reyer) [vii]-xvi, 386, [i] (publisher's advertisement), [i] (publisher's device).
xvi, 386, [ii] + 1 double-page plate, 2 engravings and fourteen full-page lithographs by Fantin-Latour, each preceded by a tissue-guard with printed titling, as follows:
Tuba Mirum Spargens Sonum
Symphonie Fantastique Un Bal
Lélio La Harpe éolienne
Harold en Italie Dans les montagnes
Benvenuto Cellini Acte III La Fonte du Persée
Roméo et Juliette Confidence à la nuit
La Damnation de Faust Apparition de Marguerite
Sara la Baigneuse
L'Enfance du Christ Le Repos de la Sainte Famille
Béatrice et Bénédict Acte I Nocturne
La Prise de Troie Acte III Apparition d'Hector
Les Troyens a Carthage Acte III Duo d'amour
Binding slightly worn, rubbed and bumped; joints splitting. Scattered foxing, light to moderate, throughout; some tissue guards slightly worn and with small tears. Lithographs in very good condition with generally only minimal foxing to margins.
"[Berlioz] stands as the leading musician of his age in a country—France—whose principal artistic endeavour was then literary, and in an art—music—whose principal pioneers were then German. In many senses the Romantic movement found its fullest embodiment in him, yet he had deep Classical roots and stood apart from many manifestations of that movement. His life presents the archetypal tragic struggle of new ideas for acceptance, to which he gave his full exertions as composer, critic and conductor. And though there were many who perceived greatness in his music from the beginning, his genius only came to full recognition in the 20th century." Hugh Macdonald in Grove Music Online.
Fantin-Latour (1836-1904) was a highly acclaimed French painter and lithographer; his works exhibit a Romanticism which found expression in his representations of the music of both Berlioz and Wagner. He is represented in the Louvre and in other major museum collections. Item #24976
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