Paris: Chez les Libraires que vendent les Nouveautés, 1785. Octavo. Contemporary marbled wrappers. 1f. (title), [iii]-xl (Préface), [xli]-xliv ("Caracteres & habillemens de la Piece."),  (secondary title),  ("Personnages."), -152 pp. With named cast list including Molé as Count Almaviva, d'Azincourt as Figaro and Mlle. Contat as Suzanne. In a custom-made beige linen clamshell box with printed title label to spine.
Publisher's decorative woodcut device to title and woodcut pictorial headpiece to "Acte Premier." With a printed note to the foot of p. 152: "Achevé d'imprimer pour la premiere fois, le 28 Février 1785."
Wrappers worn and partially detached, spine lacking. Light foxing and some staining; manuscript annotations in ink to front free endpapers, foot of title, and occasionally throughout; some minor wear.
A very good, uncut copy overall.
First Edition, early issue, published in the same year as the first edition and pre-dating the first performance of the opera in May of 1786. Scarce. Cordier: Bibliographie des oeuvres de Beaumarchais no. 128.
Le Nozze di Figaro, an opera buffa in four acts to a libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte after Beaumarchais’ play La folle journée, ou Le mariage de Figaro, was first performed in Vienna at the Burgtheater on May 1, 1786.
Beaumarchais was harp teacher to the daughters of Louis XV. "[He] successfully included Baudron's storm music as a prelude to Act 4 of Le barbier, and, alongside continued use of vaudeville tunes in Le mariage de Figaro... stretched Comédie Française conventions by introducing a whole scene of dance, song and mime for the 'coronation' of Suzanne with the bride's head-dress... As if to vindicate Beaumarchais's musical instinct, Le barbier de Séville attracted settings by Benda, Paisiello, Isouard and Rossini, while the Mozart-Da Ponte collaboration in Le nozze di Figaro proved just how much of the original play was translatable into music." Rudolph Angermüller in Grove Music Online. Item #26030
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