Paris: Durand Schoenewerk [PN D.S. & Cie. 2551], [ca. 1879]. Large octavo. Half mid-blue cloth with marbled boards, speckled edges, marbled endpapers. 1f. (dedication), 1f. (decorative title printed in red and blue), 1f. (engraved frontispiece portrait of Etienne Marcel by G. Fraipont after A. de Neuville), 1f. (named cast list), 1f. (table of contents), 365, [i] (blank) pp.
Named cast includes Delrat, Stéphanne, Plançon, De Grave, Echetto, Baron, Nerval, Reine Mézeray, Amélie Luigini, Legénisel, Bonnefond, Morfer, and Frédéric.
Publisher's and vendor's handstamps to lower blank margin of title.
Binding very slightly worn and rubbed; minor soiling and wear to outer edge. Occasional very light soiling not affecting music. A very attractive copy overall.
First Edition. Ratner II p. 99.
First performed at the Grand Theatre in Lyons on February 8, 1879.
Saint-Saens and Gallet took as subject matter for their historical drama the life of Etienne Marcel, hero of the 1358 popular rebellion during the regency of the Dauphin Charles. The subject held contemporary resonance in the rebuilding of Paris following the destruction of the Commune. Item #26260
Price: $250.00 other currencies