London: David Bogue, [ca. 1844].
Large octavo. Full 19th century mid-tan calf with decorative blindtooling and single gilt rule to edges, raised bands on spine in decorative compartments gilt, black leather title label gilt, marbled edges.
1f. (half-title), 1f. (recto blank, verso full-page hand-coloured engraving of Carlotta Grisi in La Giselle by A.E. Chalon after H. Robinson within decorative border, 1f. (recto title, verso blank), 1f. (recto dedication, verso blank), 1f. (recto contents, verso list of plates), [ix]-xiv, 1f., 160 pp.
Includes 10 full-page hand-colored engraved plates of important contemporary singers and dancers including Carlotta Grisi, Persiani, Giulietta Grisi, Fanny Elssler, Cerito, Taglioni, Sontag, Falcon, Dorus-Gras and Treillet-Nathan from productions including Giselle, The Barber of Seville, Norma, Le Diable Boiteaux, Ondine or the Naiad, La Sylphide, Don Juan, The Jewess and The Huguenots. With fine hand-coloured wood engravings throughout text and many leaves with elaborate borders printed in colour.
Some minor foxing. A very good copy overall.
Derra de Moroda 1272. Niles & Leslie I p. 225.
A fine example of decorative Victorian book production and an important contribution to music and dance iconography of the period.
Price: $360.00 other currencies