Milano: G. Ricordi & C. [PN 119599], . Large folio. Full original publisher's stiff vellum boards illustrated in black highlighted in red and gold, illustrated endpapers. 1f. (blank), [i] (half-title), [i] (copyright notice), 1f. (limitation statement), 1f. (title), 1f. (table of contents), 1f. (cast list), 1f. (part-title within illustrated border by Gisari), 1f. (scene description), 1f. (second part-title with illustration of scenery for the first act), 415, [i] (blank) pp. + 1f. (decorative device by Gisari). Uncut.
Publisher's blindstamp to lower margin of each leaf. Each act preceded by an unpaginated blank leaf, scene description, and two part-titles, the second with a detailed illustration of the scenery. The second part ("Lo spoliarum") is preceded by an unpaginated blank leaf and scene description.
Binding slightly worn, soiled, and warped. Some leaves slightly browned or soiled.
Deluxe Limited Edition, this number 19 of 120 copies, with "XIX" in careful manuscript to lower margin of limitation statement. On fine Pietro Miliani di Fabriano paper. Illuminated and illustrated by Giulio Cisari after sketches by Lodovico Pogliachi.
Begun in 1877, Nerone, an opera in four acts to Boito's own libretto, remained incomplete when Boito died in 1924. After its completion by Arturo Toscanini, Vincenzo Tommasini, and Antonio Smareglia, it was posthumously premiered at the Teatro alla Scala on May 24, 1924, with Toscanini conducting. Although its premiere was very well received, it was not performed in the U.S. until April 12, 1982.
An attractive copy. Item #25776
Price: $785.00 other currencies