Paris: Pacini [PNs 2900-2915], [ca. 1835]. Folio. Half brown morocco with green doublure-patterned cloth boards, raised bands on spine in compartments gilt with titling gilt, green marbled endpapers. 1f. (fine full-page lithographic frontispiece portrait of Luigi Lablache as Henry VIII by Achille Devéria [1800-1857] printed by Lemercier), 1f. (title), 1f. (biography of Anna Bolena), [i] (thematic index and cast list), 2-232 pp. Engraved.
Each piece with its own separate plate number. "Dixwell" in ink in manuscript in a contemporary hand to title and first preliminary leaf; "Esther B. Owen Buckland Connecticut 1889" in pencil to second preliminary leaf.
Binding somewhat worn and rubbed. Outer margins of some leaves slightly dampstained; occasional light foxing, heavier to some leaves.
[?]First French Edition of the first version (but c.f. OCLC nos. 82955319, 498273921). OCLC no. 20150421. Lesure, p. 333-334. Angeloni et al. p. 152.
Anna Bolena, to a libretto by Felice Romani after Ippolito Pindemonte, was first performed at the Teatro Carcano in Milan on December 26, 1830. "This was Donizetti’s first great international success, giving him his initial exposure to Paris and London audiences. Pasta (Anne) and Rubini (Percy) sang in the première. Immensely popular for almost half a century, it re-entered the modern repertory following a triumphant revival at La Scala with Callas in 1957. Since then the work has proved a favourite vehicle for such bel canto specialists as Sutherland, Sills and Caballé." William Ashbrook in Grove Music Online. Item #25783
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