Berlin: Ed. Bote & Bock [PN 15786], . Folio. Full brown cloth boards, titling gilt to spine. 1f. (recto title, verso blank),  (notes on first performance, cast list, and contents), 2-203, [i] (blank) pp. Text in German and French. Includes dialogue.
Margins of binding faded. Final page of music laid down to rear endpaper.
La belle Hélène, to a libretto by Meilhac and Halévy, was first performed in Paris at the Variétés on December 17, 1864.
"[Offenbach] was, with Johann Strauss (ii), one of the two composers of outstanding significance in popular music of the 19th century and the composer of some of the most exhilaratingly gay and tuneful music ever written... His most significant achievements lie in the field of operetta. Orphée aux enfers, La belle Hélène, La vie parisienne, La Grande-Duchesse de Gérolstein and La Périchole remain outstanding examples of the French and international operetta repertory. Moreover, it was through the success of Offenbach’s works abroad that operetta became an established international genre, producing outstanding national exponents in Strauss, Sullivan and Lehár and evolving into the 20th-century musical." Andrew Lamb in Gfove Music Online. Item #28799
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