Paris: Choudens [A.C. 1482.], [ca. 1867-1870]. Large octavo. Half dark blue morocco with maroon pebbled cloth boards and gilt rules, spine in decorative compartments gilt, titling gilt. 1f. (recto decorative lithographic title by Barbizet printed in blue, verso blank), 1 (recto cast list and table of contents), 2-271, [i] (blank) pp.
Publisher's handstamp to lower margin of title; oval handstamp of Dachauer & Vilanova in New York to lower margin of title and first page.
Binding slightly worn, rubbed, and bumped; head of spine slightly chipped. Slightly worn; occasional foxing and creasing; first signature partially detached.
Probable First German Edition. Lesure p. 108.
Roméo et Juliette was first performed at the Théâtre Lyrique in Paris on April 27, 1867. The opera was "Gounod's most spectacular immediate success. Coming as it did during the Exposition Universelle of 1867, when Paris was invaded by visitors from the provinces and abroad, the opera drew full houses for many consecutive nights. It started its rapid conquest of foreign stages at Covent Garden on 11 July 1867 and before the end of the year had been seen at major centres in Germany and Belgium." Steven Huebner in Grove Music Online. Item #25625
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