La Ressource Comique, Piece en un Acte, Mélée d'Ariettes par M. Anseaume La Musique de M. Meraut[!] Représentée pour la premier fois par les Comèdiens Italiens ordinaires du Roi, le Samedi 22 Août 1772. [Libretto]. Nicolas-Jean Le Froid de MÉREAUX.

La Ressource Comique, Piece en un Acte, Mélée d'Ariettes par M. Anseaume La Musique de M. Meraut[!] Représentée pour la premier fois par les Comèdiens Italiens ordinaires du Roi, le Samedi 22 Août 1772. [Libretto]

Paris: Chez la Veuve Duchesne, 1772. Small octavo. Modern marbled wrappers. [1] (title), [2] (named cast list), 27, [i] (blank) pp. With decorative woodcut device to title and and headpiece to Scene 1.

Early exlibris in black ink to blank upper margin of title.

Slightly worn and foxed.

Rare. Worldcat (2 copies only, at BCU Dorigny in Switzerland and the Koninklijke Bibliotheek in the Netherlands). OCLC nos. 717059960, 907153841. Different from Sonneck I p. 930, which cites an edition, also published in 1772, with 80 pages, including 5 pages of music.

La ressource comique, ou La pièce à deux acteurs was first performed in Paris on August 22, 1772.

Méreaux, a French organist and composer, "was educated in Paris by various French and Italian musicians. By 1767 he was organist at St Sauveur, Paris, and he was later organist of the Petits Augustins and of the royal chapel. He was unusual in his social context for working so consistently in both sacred and secular milieux. In a series of works composed between the ages of 27 and 32 for the opéra comique players and for the Concert Spirituel, he achieved particular recognition for the oratorio Samson." David Charlton in Grove Music Online. Item #26732

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