Paris: A. Durand et Fils [without PN], . Folio. Original publisher's ivory wrappers. 1f. (frontispiece phototype illustration of the finale by Berthaud after G. Rochegrosse), [i] (title), [i] (limitation statement), 1f. (named cast list for the first performance), 1f. (table of contents), 1f. (phototype of the Théatre Antique d'Orange by Bertraud), iv (summary of the opera), 291, [i] (blank) pp. Most leaves unopened.
Very light occasional signs of wear. A very clean, attractive, wide-margined copy overall.
First Edition, first issue, without plate number or date of first performance. Rare. Ratner II, p. 254 (not distinguishing between issues).
Limitecd to 50 copies only.
The première of Les Barbares, at the Opéra in Paris on October 23, 1901, was a great success. "Live oxen were brought on stage in an ensemble and gave the management many problems of housing and feeding during performances." Debussy famously criticized the opera as being a vehicle unworthy of the composer's talents. Brian Rees: Camille Saint-Saëns, p. 348. Item #26728
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