Paris: Heugel & Cie. [PN H. 4169], [ca. 1873-1874]. Large octavo. Quarter black morocco with raised bands on spine in compartments gilt, titling to spine gilt, marbled endpapers. 1f. (half-title), 1f. (lithographic title by Barbizet dated 1872), 1f. (lithographic portrait of the composer by Alfred Lemoine), 395, [i] (blank) pp. Lithographed. Text in French and Italian.
With the autograph signature of the composer to upper outer corner of half-title.
Title includes advertisements for a piano solo and 4-hand version of the opera. Publisher's oblong handstamp to lower corner of title.
Binding worn and rubbed; boards slightly shipped; split at upper joint and hinge. Quite foxed; minor offsetting; occasional light soiling and wear to blank margins, not affecting music.
Probable First Edition, first issue of the second version. Veinus-Hagan, Félicien David, pp. 141-142, 213. OCLC no. 45019433.
La Perle du Brésil was first performed in its original version at the Théâtre de l'Opéra National (later the Théâtre-Lyrique) on November 22, 1851.
[David's "La perle du Brésil appeared at the Opéra-National (later the Théâtre-Lyrique) in 1851; making further play with the descriptive elements of the sea (another storm) and Brazilian local colour, it has more decorative than dramatic vitality, but remained in the repertory for over 30 years. Zora’s coloratura aria with flute obbligato, ‘Charmant oiseau’, became quite widely known and is still sometimes performed." Hugh Macdonald in Grove Music Online. Item #26541
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