Paris: Au Ménestrel, Heugel et Cie. [PN H. 3665], . Folio. Full ivory linen, marbled endpapers, original publisher's upper wrapper with decorative initials in red and blue bound in. 1f. (recto half title in red, verso blank), 1f. (recto title printed in red and black, verso copyright statement), [i] (notes on first performance and named cast list in red and black), [ii] (contents in red and black), [i] (blank), 327, [i] (blank) pp. Some leaves unopened.
Named cast includes V. Marcoux, Gilly, Martinelli, Audoin, Raveau, Alberti, Delgal, Lacombe, Godet, Royer, Garrus, Marchand, Desrais, Lokner, Bréfel, Guillot, Baillon, Lucy Arbell, Zina Brozia, and Maïna Doria.
Wrapper worn and frayed at edges. Some leaves torn and frayed; occasional tears to outer margins; extensive tape repairs to ca. 20 leaves; handstamp to fourth leaf.
First Edition. Scarce.
"Panurge, which should have been a popular farce in the lineage of Cendrillon and Don Quichotte, never achieved any success despite the usual masterly timing which Massenet deploys. The adventures and misunderstandings of Panurge and his wife Colombe make excellent operatic comedy. But perhaps the grossièreté of Rabelais is more literary than theatrical. In truth this final endearing comedy, which had to compete for attention with such novelties as Le sacre du printemps when it was first performed, has never been put to a fair test on the stage."
"[Massenet] was the most prolific and successful composer of opera in France at the end of the 19th century and into the beginning of the 20th." Annegret Fauser, Patrick Gillis and Hugh Macdonald in Grove Music Online. Item #28645
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