Arundel, Sussex: Printed by Mitchell & Son, 1847. Small octavo. Original green blindtooled flexible cloth boards with printed label "Life of Jenny Lind. With Portrait. Price Two Shillings" to upper, all edges gilt, yellow endpapers. 1f. (bust-length woodcut frontispiece portrait of Lind with tissue guard), 1f. (title), -52 pp.
Binding slightly worn, rubbed, and faded; tail of spine very slightly lacking. Occasional light signs of wear and foxing; preliminary leaves slightly browned.
First Edition. OCLC no. 1804258.
Dubbed "The Swedish Nightingale," Jenny Lind (1820-1887) debuted in 1838 as Agathe in Der Freischütz. "[She] made her Viennese début at the Theater an der Wien in April 1846 as Norma. She then toured extensively in Germany, taking part, with Mendelssohn, in the Lower Rhine Festival at Aachen during May and June, when she sang in Haydn’s Creation and Handel’s Alexander’s Feast. She also appeared at Munich, Stuttgart, Karlsruhe, Mannheim and Nuremberg. Returning in January 1847 to Vienna, she scored an immense success as Marie. Her triumphant London début was at Her Majesty’s in May of the same year, when she sang (in Italian) Alice in Robert le diable before Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, followed by La sonnambula... and La fille du régiment with even greater success." Elizabeth Forbes in Grove Music Online. Item #26778
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