London: J. B. Cramer [PN J. B. C. & Co. 11657], [ca. 1915]. Quarto. Red cloth0-backed gray stiff printed wrappers. 1f. (recto title, verso cast list), 1f. (recto argument, verso contents), 315, [i] (publisher's catalogue) pp. Text in English and French. Publisher's advertisement to verso of lower wrapper.
Occasional performance markings in pencil.
Titling to spine in black ink; handstamp to upper margin of upper board. Some signatures split; handstamp to upper margin of title.
Les contes d’Hoffmann, to a libretto by J. Barbier completed by Guirard, was first performed in Paris at the Opéra-Comique on February 10, 1881.
"[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 opera Les contes d’Hoffmann has retained a place in the international 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 Grove Music Online. Item #28807
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