Paris: Maurice Schlesinger [PN 205], [ca. 1830]. Folio. Quarter contemporary dark red morocco with textured dark red paper boards, spine in gilt-ruled compartments with titlkng gilt, marbled endpapers. 1f. (title with fine lithographed vignette), 1f. (cast list and table of contents),  (blank), 2-331, [i] (blank) pp. Engraved.
Publisher's handstamp to lower margin of title.
Binding slightly worn, rubbed, and bumped; split at upper hinge. Occasional light foxing; publisher's handstamp to title cropped. An attractive copy.
A re-issue of the first edition of the first version. Scarce. Worldcat (6 copies only). Originally published by Troupenas in 1827 and printed by Schlesinger with an altered title. Gossett p. 418. OCLC no. 27080650.
Moïse et Pharaon, derived from Rossini's Mosè in Egitto, to a new libretto by Luigi Balocchi and Etienne de Jouy, was first performed in Paris at the Opéra on March 26, 1827.
"Like Le siège de Corinthe (1826), Moïse et Pharaon can be seen as an experiment in handling the resources of grand opera and, as such, an important stepping-stone towards the creation of Rossini’s one wholly original work for the French stage, Guillaume Tell (1829). Houses with large choral resources and a ballet will continue to prefer it but the Neapolitan original, Mosè in Egitto, has been too little noted by smaller houses and companies to which it is admirably suited." Richard Osborne in Grove Music Online. Item #26394
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