Paris: E. Heu [PN E.H. 750], . Large octavo. Quarter dark tan morocco with textured maroon paper boards, spine with raised bands, titling gilt with initials "A.S." gilt to foot, marbled endpapers. 1f. (recto title within decorative border printed in sepia, verso notes on first performance and named cast list), 1f. (recto contents, verso blank), 232 pp. Lithographed.
Named cast includes Berthelier, Léonce, Désiré, Duvernoy, Tacova, Gourdon, Gobin, Pelva, Halbleid, Valter, Leriche, Lisa Tautin, Irma Marié, Zulma Bouffar, Frasey-Berthelier, Garrait, Sorac, Bonelli, Simon, Delmary, and Marie Brun.
Slightly worn; hinges partially split. Occasional minor to moderate foxing; slightly trimmed; small oval publisher's handstamp to lower margin of title.
Les bergers, to a libretto by Crémieux and Gille, was first performed in Paris at the Bouffes-Parisiens on December 11, 1865.
"[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... 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 #29198
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