Leipzig: Friedrich Hofmeister [PN 1468], [after 1830]. Folio. Half black cloth with marbled boards, original publisher's dark orange illustrated upper wrapper laid down to upper. 1f. (recto title, verso blank), 1f. (recto cast list and table of contents, verso blank), 3-230 pp. Engraved. Text in German and Italian.
With lithographic vignette featuring Rebecca at the stake looking on while one knight stabs another to upper wrapper and title. Several leaves with cuts, dynamic markings, and annotations in pencil and blue crayon in one or more 19th- or early 20th-century German hands.
Binding slightly worn and rubbed; wrapper trimmed. Occasional light internal foxing. An attractive copy overall.
Second edition, first issue.
Der Templer und die Jüdin was first performed in Leipzig at the Stadttheater on December 22, 1829.
"Marschner was the most important exponent of German Romantic opera in the generation between Weber and Wagner... After reviewing a performance of J. F. von Auffenberg’s play Der Löwe von Kurdistan, based on Sir Walter Scott’s The Talisman, Marschner decided – with his librettist Wohlbrück – to write an opera based on one of Scott’s novels. They chose Ivanhoe. By eliminating non-essential characters and simplifying the plot, Wohlbrück developed the libretto from J. R. Lenz’s play Das Gericht der Templer (Breslau, 7 May 1824), which Lenz had based on one or more of several English plays, particularly W. T. Moncrieff’s Ivanhoe! or, The Jewess (London, 24 January 1820), that were performed in England after the publication of Scott’s book. Universally considered during the 19th century as Marschner’s most popular opera, Der Templer und die Jüdin was performed more than any of the others – over 200 times in Germany alone. Additional performances took place in Denmark, Holland, Russia, England, the USA, and Hungary." A. Dean Palmer in Grove Music Online. Item #25666
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