Paris: Léon Escudier [PNs L.E. 2765.; L.E. 2765 et 2767.], . Large octavo. Light tan morocco-backed pebbled paper boards, spine in compartments gilt with titling gilt. 1f. (recto lithographic title by Trinocq after Cravzat with names of Verdi's operas on ribbons entwined around a set of arched columns, recto blank), 1f. (recto named cast list and table of contents, verso blank, 359, [i] (blank) pp. Lithographed.
Publisher's handstamp to lower margin of title. Armorial bookplate with printed text "Deus Dará" to upper pastedown.
Binding slightly worn, rubbed, and bumped. Minor browning, foxing, and offsetting; margins of several leaves slightly soiled, creased, or stained.
First Edition (?second issue) of the first version of the opera. Crawford p. 579. Chusid p. 49. Hopkinson 61A. Hopkinson considers the present issue to be the earliest printing of the work. Crawford has, however, identified what he believed to be an earlier issue, distinguished by typographical differences to the title page (Verdi's name in a smaller typeface; the absence of the lithographer's name to the lower right corner; and the absence of the printer's imprint to the foot of the first page of music).
Don Carlos, to a libretto by Joseph Méry and Camille du Locle after Friedrich von Schiller's dramatic poem Don Carlos Infant von Spanien, was first performed in Paris at the Opéra on March 11, 1867.
"Don Carlos has of late become one of the best-loved and most respected of Verdi’s operas... Verdi dedicated to the work some of his greatest dramatic music. One need think only of the magnificent series of confrontational duets that form such a great part of the drama... several of these break decisively with traditional models, forging for themselves a vital new relationship between musical and dramatic progress. It is for such moments that Don Carlos will be remembered and treasured." Roger Parker in Grove Music Online. Item #25943
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