New York: S. French, 1855. Octavo. Original publisher's green cloth with embossed illustration of Maretzek in conducting pose within decorative embossed border, image repeated on spine in gilt with titling gilt. [i] (title), [i] (copyright notice), [iii]-viii (preliminary material), 1f. (part-title), 11-346 pp. + 7ff. (publisher's advertisements).
Handstamp of an early owner to front free endpaper and title.
Binding slightly worn, bumped and faded. Occasional light foxing and soiling; erasures to front free endpaper.
A very good copy overall.
Maretzek was an American conductor, impresario, and composer of Czech birth. "In 1848 Edward Fry invited him to conduct Italian opera at the Astor Place Opera House in New York. In 1849 Maretzek began a career as impresario, initially with the Astor Place company, conducting and managing companies in New York (principally at the Academy of Music), and touring the USA, Cuba and Mexico. He managed to engage excellent singers and conducted the American premières of La traviata (1856) and Don Carlos (1877). His managerial policies helped to establish continuing popular support for opera in New York." William Brooks in Grove Music Online.
Contains much information of interest to opera in 19th century America. Item #25030
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