Milano: Gio. Ricordi [PN 10076-79; 10081-94], . Oblong folio. Newly bound in half dark red morocco with marbled boards, titling gilt to spine. 1f. (r. title, v. blank), 1f. (r. index of 19 separate numbers, v. named cast list), 5-185, [i] (blank) pp. Engraved. The 19 numbers each with separate title page and plate number (8988/89, 8993, 8995, 8996). Imprint includes addresses of Ricordi in Firenze and Napoli.
Cast includes Cosselli as Lord Asthon, Tacchinardi as Lucia, Duprez as Ravenswood, Giacchini as Bucklaw, Porto as Bidebent, Zappucci as Alisa, and Rossi as Normanno.
Slightly worn and thumbed; minor staining to first and last leaves. A very good copy overall.
With early signature of Ernst [?]Raab to title.
First Edition, second issue of the complete work. Very rare. Fuld p. 493 (where the first issue is distinguished by separate pagination).
In three acts to a libretto by Cammarano after Walter Scott's novel The Bride of Lammermoor, Lucia di Lammermoor was first performed at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples on September 26, 1835.
"Both historically and artistically, Lucia deserves its reputation. When it was new it was regarded as the apogee of high Romantic sensibility... Although all the principal roles are vocally challenging, their music is uniformly grateful... Cammarano’s libretto moved him deeply and, inspired by his recent first exposure to Paris, Donizetti produced what is certainly his masterpiece." William Ashbrook in Grove Music Online. Item #28025
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