Paris: Choudens Père & Fils [PN A. C. 1411], [ca. 1890]. Large octavo. Half maroon cloth with marbled boards, title label in manuscript to spine. 1f. (recto illustrated title, verso notes), [i] (named cast list and contents), 2-71, [i] (72-80), 81-132, [i] (133-137), 138-249,  (blank), 251-290 pp.
Binding slightly worn and faded; repairs to inner margins of many leaves; tear to lower margin of title repaired.
Third version, second issue.
First performed in Paris at the Lyrique on April 27, 1867 to a libretto by Barbier and Carré after Shakespeare.
Gounod's "Roméo et Juliette contains four exquisite soprano-tenor duets, a number almost certainly unprecedented in 19th-century opera and a harbinger of the prominence of love duets in such works as Massenet’s Manon and Werther; to Gounod’s great credit each has a distinct musico-dramatic ambience and shape." Steven Huebner in Grove Miusic Online. Item #28804
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