Paris: Léon Escudier [PNs L.E. 1500, 1500 (1-4), 1500 (6)-(9), 1500 (11), 1500 (14), . Folio. Modern full dark red cloth with dark brown leather title label gilt to spine. 1f. (recto title within decorative border with floral motifs incorporating titles of other Verdi operas, verso blank),  (named cast list and index of the overture and 20 numbers), 2-415, [i] (blank) pp. Engraved.
With publisher's facsimile signature handstamp in blue and C. Breusing, New York music seller's stamp in red to lower margin of title; pencilled ownership annotation "C [?]F Chickering, Boston, Feby. 1836 " to front free endpaper, possibly a member of the Chickering family of piano makers active in Boston during the 19th century; "L. Parent Graveur" to foot of p. 415.
Approximately 1" bump to spine with resultant short tears to cloth. Slightly foxed; p. 86 misprinted to verso of p. 79 and p. 80 misprinted to verso of p. 85, with modern notes in manuscript to this effect to both pages and to front blank endpaper; tear to inner margin of pp. 207-08.
First complete French edition. Hopkinson 56A(a). Chusid p. 170. Crawford pp. 622-23, with a detailed description of various plate numbers and associated details. The present copy differes from that in Crawford in that p. 21 carries plate number "L.E. 1500;" the letter "d" appears at the lower right corner of p. 135; and the letter "K" appears at the lower right corner of p. 409.
An opera in five acts to a libretto by Eugène Scribe and Charles Duveyrier after their libretto Le duc d’Albe, Les Vêpres Siciliennes was first performed in Paris at the Opéra on June 13, 1855.
"... for those wishing to understand Verdi’s musical development during the 1850s, Les vêpres siciliennes is of enormous importance. In both strictly formal terms and in larger matters of operatic structure, it marks a decisive turn away from the language of the middle-period Italian operas and the emergence of many stylistic features we associate with the later Verdi. There is no subsequent Verdi opera in which the experience of Les vêpres will not be recalled and refined." Roger Parker in Grove Music Online. Item #28085
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