London: Chappell & Co. [PN 19,001], . Quarto. Original decorative wrappers with title label to spine. In custom-made black cloth box. 1f. (title), [i] (printed dedication to Queen Victoria), [i] (contents), 261, [iii] (publisher's catalogue and advertisements) pp. Typeset. Additional advertisements to verso of upper wrapper and both sides of lower. Some leaves in act 3 unopened.
Early owner's signature, "Spencer W. Brien [?] 1891," in black ink to head of title.
Wrappers worn and soiled. Occasional foxing, especially to title; several leaves creased at upper outer corner.
First Edition. Sullivan and Flower p. 280. WorldCat OCLC 4794897. The present copy lacks the composer's handstamped facsimile autograph to title found in some other copies of this edition.
"On 31 January 1891 Sullivan's sole ‘grand opera’, Ivanhoe, with a libretto by Julian Sturgis after Sir Walter Scott's novel, was launched by [Richard D'Oyly] Carte on the extraordinary principle of a continuous nightly run (as for operetta) with constantly changing casts. Its total of 160 performances, though remarkable enough, was insufficient to cover Carte's costs and he had to sell the theatre." Arthur Jacobs in Grove Music Online. Item #26099
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