Milano: Emilio Bestetti, 1941. Large oblong folio. Full red pebbled cloth with titling gilt within blindstamped rules and decorative cornerpieces to upper, raised bands on spine in decorative compartments gilt with decorative titling gilt, top edge gilt, dark red endpapers reproducing blindstamped design to upper in gilt. 1f. (recto blank, verso with three-quarter length colour reproduction of a painting of Donizetti, his hand resting on a keyboard with a partial view of an open score, flanked by the composer's birth and death dates), 1f. (recto title printed in red and black, verso limitation statement), 1f. (recto biographical note on Treccani degli Alfieri by Guido Zavadini, Curator of the Donizetti Museum in Bergamo, verso blank), pp. 7-8 (biographical note on Donizetti), 9-14 (commentary on the opera including reproductions of several of Donizetti's letters, etc.), 15-17 (notes on productions of Donizetti's works), [i] (blank), [i] (half-title printed in red), 373 pp. autograph musical manuscript facsimile, [i] (blank) pp.
A presentation copy, with an inscription signed to the noted vocal coach, accompanist, conductor, and composer Luigi Ricci (1893-1981) below limitation statment: "Al Maestro Luigi Ricci Cordialmente Giovanni Treccani degli Alfieri Milano 6/6 - 1941. XIX." Treccani degli Alfieri, a founder of the Enciclopedia Italiana, owned the original manuscript from which the present facsimile was prepared.
Binding slightly worn; minor fraying to tail of spine; endpapers slightly creased; slipcase with minor wear. Extreme outer edges slightly creased.
Limited to 300 numbered copies, the present copy unnumbered.
In three acts to a libretto by Cammarano after Walter Scott's novel The Bride of Lammermoor, Lucia di Lammermoor was first performed in Naples at the Teatro San Carlo on September 26, 1835.
"Both historically and artistically, Lucia deserves its reputation. When it was new it was regarded as the apogee of high Romantic sensibility... Although all the principal roles are vocally challenging, their music is uniformly grateful... Cammarano’s libretto moved him deeply and, inspired by his recent first exposure to Paris, Donizetti produced what is certainly his masterpiece." William Ashbrook in Grove Music Online. Item #28939
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