Milano: F. Lucca [PNs 16952-16994, 17101], [ca. 1868].
Folio. Mid-brown calf-backed marbled boards, spine in compartments gilt, titling gilt. 1f. (recto title printed within decorative borders, verso blank), 1f. (recto table of contents with plate and page numbers of individual pieces, verso named cast list), 5-456 pp. Title lithographed. Table of contents, cast list, and music engraved. Title with names, prices, and plate numbers of individual pieces. Each number with its own secondary pagination.
Named cast includes L. Merly, Arcangelo Cruciani, Maria Pascal Damiani, Violetta Saurel, Vincenzo Montanaro, Luigi Fioravanti, Vincenzo Paraboschi, Carlotta Ghirlanda Tortolini, Albino Felici, and Alessandro Pugi, perhaps from a performance of the opera at the Teatro della Pergola in Florence during the fall of 1867.
Small binder's label ("E. Paoletti... Firenze") to lower outer corner of upper pastedown.
Binding slightly worn and rubbed. Outer margins lightly foxed, with occasional light soiling or creasing. An attractive copy.
Probable First Edition of the second version of the opera. OCLC no. 57120021.
L'Étoile du Nord, to a libretto by Eugène Scribe, was first performed in Paris at the Opéra-Comique on February 16, 1854.
Known as "The Father of Grand Opera," Meyerbeer was "the most frequently performed opera composer during the 19th century, linking Mozart and Wagner." Matthias Brzoska in Grove Music Online.
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