Paris: Pacini [PNs 3148, -52, -54, -57, 57(B), -58-59, -70-72]], [1835-36]. Folio. 19th century quarter dark red morocco with matching textured paper boards, titling and rules to spine gilt, initials "M.D." gilt to upper. 1f. (title), 1f. (lithographic portrait of Bellini by J. Cabochet et Cie. after Victor), 1f. (recto thematic index, verso blank), 251, [i] (blank) pp. Engraved.
Binding very slightly worn. Minor to moderate foxing and browning.
Probable first complete edition, first issue. Lippmann p. 390. Crawford p. 33.
I puritani, to a libretto by Carlo Pepoli after the play by J.-A. F.-P. Ancelot and Xavier (J. X. Boniface dit Saintine), Têtes Rondes et Cavaliers, was first performed in Paris at the Théâtre Italien on January 24, 1835. It was the composer's final opera.
"In its harmony and scoring I puritani is Bellini’s most sophisticated opera – a direct consequence, no doubt, of its having been written for a Parisian audience. To the same cause we may ascribe its unusual wealth of thematic recall, which was a regular feature of contemporary French opera." Simon Maguire, Elizabeth Forbes, and Julian Budden in Grove Music Online. Item #28082
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