Magonza: B. Schott [PN 138], [ca. 1791-1793]. Oblong folio. Disbound.  (title within oval decorative border),  (blank), 3-207, [i] (blank) pp. Engraved. Text in Italian and German.
Slightly worn, stained, and creased; minor offsetting.
First Edition, fifth issue, distinguished by the presence of two prices on the title, "Fr.21/Fl. 10." Scarce. The Prague version, without recitatives. Slight variant of Haberkamp text volume p. 293, with plate numbers on p. 64 and 195. Hirsch IV, 134 (first issue). Fuld p. 371. Hoboken 11, 343 (first issue). RISM M4504.
An opera buffa in two acts to a libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte, Don Giovanni was first performed in Prague at the National Theatre on October 29, 1787.
"Don Giovanni is governed by a single idea, Giovanni’s flouting of society in pursuit of sexual pleasure, which binds together a disparate set of ambivalent or comic incidents. The libretto has been unfairly criticized; its episodic nature is a condition of the subject, in which respect it differs from Figaro and Così. Divine retribution appears like an act of God, or a different kind of life-force personified in the statue; what in previous treatments had been comic, perfunctory or merely gruesome, is raised to sublimity by Mozart’s music." Julian Rushton in Grove Music Online. Item #25766
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