Milano: Tito di Gio. Ricordi [PNs 40551-40588], . Folio. Black calf-backed cloth boards, titling gilt to spine, with original publisher's light yellow illustrated upper wrapper with a scene from the opera bound in. 1f. (decorative half-title printed in red and blue), 1f. (bust-length lithographic frontispiece portrait of Verdi by Ed. Sonzogno after G. Gonin), 1f. (recto title printed in red and blue, verso blank), 1f. (recto named cast list, verso table of contents with plate and page numbers), 5-386 pp. Each number with its own plate number, price, and secondary pagination. Lithographed.
Named cast includes Obin, Morère, Faure, David, Castelmary, Sass, Cueymard, Levielly, Dominique, Gaspard, Mermant, and Levielly for the Paris performance and Capponi, Stigelli, Cotogni, L. Rossi, Milesi, Stolz, Fricci, Bruzzone, Casarini, and Fricci for the Bologna performance.
Blindstamp of Tito Ricordi ("T.R."), dated March 68, to upper wrapper and initial leaves. With a printed dedication "Al caro Amico Cav. Angelo Mariani L'Editore Tito Ricordi" to title. Handstamp of an Udine vendor, Luigi Berletti, to lower margin of wrapper, half-title, and title.
Binding slightly worn, stained, rubbed, and bumped; split at upper hinge. Scattered light foxing and staining, heavier to endpapers and preliminary leaves; tear to lower portion of pp. 137-138 repaired. A very good copy overall.
First Complete Italian Edition of the first version of the opera. Hopkinson 61A(f). Chusid p. 50.
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 #25948
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