Milano: G. Ricordi & C. [PN 113300], 1910. Large octavo. Original publisher's illustrated wrappers, upper depicting a scene from the opera. 1f. (composer's printed dedication to Queen Alexandra of England, with a facsimile autograph signature), 1f. (bust-length frontispiece photograph of the composer by Platinotipia Bertieri in Torino-Mentone, with facsimile autograph signature to lower margin), [i] (title), [i] (publisher's notice), [i] (cast list), [i] (table of contents), [i] (preliminary note), [i] (publisher's device), 1f. (scene description for the first act), 333, [i] (blank) pp.
Upper margin of title inscribed to "Signorina Antonietta Bettini," signed Isabella e Mario Bettini," and dated December 25, 1910. Publisher's blindstamp dated November 1910 to lower inner margins of initial leaves. With an unpaginated leaf with printed scene description preceding each act.
Wrappers slightly worn, soiled, and stained; upper partially glued to inner margin of dedication, with both leaves partially detached; lower portion of spine lacking. Minor internal wear including some browning, foxing, and staining.
First Edition, first issue of the first version of the opera. Hopkinson 7A. Schickling 78.E.1.
La fanciulla del West, to a libretto by Guelfo Civinini and Carlo Zangarini after David Belasco's play The Girl of the Golden West, was first performed in New York at the Metropolitan Opera on December 10, 1910.
"Orchestrally [the opera] is Puccini’s most ambitious undertaking before Turandot, his forces including quadruple woodwind, two harps and an assortment of percussion, from all of which he distilled a vast range of instrumental colour from the delicate to the barbaric. Though it has never attained the easy popularity of its three predecessors, the opera has always won the respect of musicians." Julian Budden in Grove Music Online. Item #25888
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