Milano: Tito di Gio. Ricordi [PNs 40551-40588], . Large folio (ca. 16-1/4" x 11-1/2"). Original publisher's full dark brown morocco with decoratively blind-tooled boards with titling gilt to upper, raised bands on spine. 1f. (lithographic illustration of a scene from the opera), 1f. (half-title and dedication in gold and sepia), 1f. (fine bust-length lithographic portrait of the composer by Ed. Sonzogno after G. Gonin), 1f. (title), 1f. (recto named cast list for the first performance, vero table of contents with plate and page numbers), 386 pp. + 8 full-page lithographic plates illustrating scenes from the opera by G. Gonin. Music engraved.
Named cast includes Obin, Morère, Faure, David, Castelmary, Sass, Gueymard, Levielly, Dominique, Gaspard, Mermant, and Levielly.
Binding somewhat worn and rubbed, corners bumped; endpapers stained at inner margins and slightly dampstained overall. Margins slightly foxed; occasional stains. An attractive, wide-margined copy overall.
Deluxe Edition of the first complete Italian edition of the first version of the opera, distinguished by having been printed on heavier paper and the presence of the 8 illustrative plates. Scarce. Hopkinson 61A(g).
Don Carlos, to a libretto by Joseph Méry and Camille du Locle after Friedrich von Schiller's dramatic poem Don Carlos Infant von Spanien, was first performed in Paris at the Opéra on March 11, 1867.
"Don Carlos has of late become one of the best-loved and most respected of Verdi’s operas... Verdi dedicated to the work some of his greatest dramatic music. One need think only of the magnificent series of confrontational duets that form such a great part of the drama... several of these break decisively with traditional models, forging for themselves a vital new relationship between musical and dramatic progress. It is for such moments that Don Carlos will be remembered and treasured." Roger Parker in Grove Music Online. Item #26467
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