London: Corri, Dussek & Co. [without PN], . Oblong folio. Half mid-tan calf with contemporary marbled boards, dark red morocco label with "Miss E. Brinton" gilt to upper. 1f. (recto title, verso blank),  (blank), 2-74 pp. Engraved.
With a fine decorative title illustrating a scene from the opera.
Monogrammatic handstamp ("MK") to title, beneath the composer's name.
Binding quite worn and stained; rebacked and cornered. Many leaves frayed at margins, with occasional small tears or minor loss affecting imprint and several measures of music; some soiling and occasional staining, heavier to title and front free endpaper.
First Edition. BUC p. 567. RISM K291.
First performed in London at Drury Lane on January 16, 1798.
Irish composer and tenor Michael Kelly "caught the current taste so well that his music became widely popular: it was extensively pirated in America, resulting in some 200 separate issues. Blue Beard remained in the repertory for 26 years." Alec Hyatt King in Grove Music Online. Item #26523
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