Paris: Heugel et Fils [PN H. 5327], . Large octavo. Dark red morocco-backed red pebbled cloth, raised bands on spine in decorative compartments gilt, titling gilt, marbled endpapers. 1f. (half-title with illustrated device by Michelet), 1f. (title), 1f. (named cast list and table of contents), 1f. (thematic index), 461, [i] (blank) pp.
Named cast includes Sellier, Lassalle, Gailhard, Giraudet, Caroline Salla, Renée Richard, Barbot, and dancer Rosita Mauri.
Preliminary leaves printed in blue. Handstamp to lower portion of title; publisher's handstamp to lower margin of table of contents.
Binding slightly worn and stained; split at hinges. Several upper corners slightly creased or soiled; small stain to blank lower outer margin of p. 379, not affecting music. A very attractive copy overall.
Probable First Edition of the first version. Lesure II pp. 222-225. OCLC no. 15208072.
Françoise de Rimini, to a libretto by Jules Barbier and Michel Carré, was first performed in Paris at the Opéra on April 14, 1882.
"After years of neglect, Thomas’ work has seen a considerable revival in the last two decades of the 20th century, with major performances... being mounted in France, Great Britain and the USA. In the context of French opera of the late 19th century Thomas was a figure of considerable importance, an imaginative innovator and a master of musical characterization." Richard Langham Smith in Grove Music Online. Item #26022
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