Paris: B. Brandus & S. Dufour [PN B. et D. 11211], . Large octavo. Quarter contemporary red morocco with red textured paper boards, raised bands on spine in compartments gilt, titling gilt, marbled endpapers. 1f. (illustrated lithographic title by Pastelot printed in black by Thierry frères in Paris), 1f. (named cast list and table of contents), 300 pp. Lithographed.
Pp. 298-300 comprise a supplement of cuts, changes, and transpositions. Publisher's handstamp to lower margin of title; "Imprimerie Centrale des Chemins de Fer. – A. Chaix et Ce. Rue Bergère, 20, A Paris. – 2 68-8." printed to lower margin of cast list/table of contents.
Binding slightly worn, rubbed, bumped and chipped; joints split. Slightly browned; occasional light foxing and creasing to inner margins; title, cast list, table of contents, and first 60 pp. lightly dampstained at outer margins.
First Edition of the first version. Lesure II, pp. 77-78. OCLC no.1096790.
La Grande-Duchesse de Gérolstein, to a libretto by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy, was first performed in Paris at the Théâtre des Variétés on April 12, 1867. "After the first night, Offenbach cut, moved or replaced several numbers to strengthen the second half of the piece. The work was written for Hortense Schneider as the Grand-Duchess and José Dupuis as Fritz."
Offenbach "was, with Johann Strauss (ii), one of the two composers of outstanding significance in popular music of the 19th century and the composer of some of the most exhilaratingly gay and tuneful music ever written." Andrew Lamb in Grove Music Online. Item #25833
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