Paris: Henry Lemoine [PN 8139.H.], . Quarto. Quarter black calf with purple textured paper boards, spine in gilt-ruled compartments with titling gilt. 1f. (recto title, verso blank), 1f. (recto named cast list, verso contents), 331, [i] (blank) pp.
Named cast includes Salomon, Lassalle, Bérardi, Auguez, Menu, Bataille, Bosquin, Gaspard, Krauss, and Caldéron.
Binding slightly worn, rubbed, and bumped. Some signatures split; music seller's handstamp to title.
First Edition, first issue.
Polyeucte, to a libretto by Barbier and Carré after Pierre Corneille based on his life of the martyr Saint Polyeuctus finished in December of 1642; the opera was first performed in Paris at the Opéra on October 7, 1878.
"In his unceasing quest for what he saw as dramatic and spiritual truth, Gounod succeeded in restoring a higher sense of artistic purpose to the French stage, and in strictly musical terms his influence on the course of French music was substantial." Steven Huebner in Grove Music Online. Item #28743
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