Paris: A. Durand & Fils [PN D. & F. 6610.], . Folio. Original publisher's ivory pictorial wrappers printed in dark orange and olive green. 1f. (title printed in red and black), 1f. (dedication to Prince Albert I of Monaco), [i] (named cast list for the first performance at the Opéra-Comique in Paris, on January 23, 1911), [ii] (table of contents), [i] (blank), 221, [i] (blank) pp. Most leaves partially unopened.
Named cast includes Albers, Beyle, Payan, Brohly, Nicot-Vauchelet, and Charbonnel.
Publisher's monogrammatic handstamp to verso of final free endpaper.
Wrappers detached, with some tears and resultant loss; transparent tape repairs, not affecting illustration. Occasional light wear, soiling, and browning to margins.
First Edition, later issue. Ratner II p. 292.
L'ancêtre, to a libretto by Lucien Augé de Lassus, was first performed in Monte-Carlo at the Théâtre de Monte-Carlo on February 24, 1906.
"Like Mozart, to whom he was often compared, [Saint-Saëns] was a brilliant craftsman, versatile and prolific, who contributed to every genre of French music. He was one of the leaders of the French musical renaissance of the 1870s." Sabina Teller Ratner et al. in Grove Music Online. Item #26065
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