Paris: G. Hartmann [G. H. 1190], . Large octavo. Quarter dark red calf with red textured cloth boards, spine in gilt-ruled compartments with titling gilt; marbled endpapers. 1f. (recto decorative title, verso blank), 1f. (recto half title, verso blank), [i] (notes on first performance and named cast list), ii-iii (contents), [i] (note), 341, [i] (blank) pp.
Named cast includes Vergnet, Manoury, Gresse, Fontaine, Boutens, Mansuède, M. Duvivier, Bl. Deschamps, and Lonati. Occasional performance markings in pencil.
Binding worn, scuffed, and slightly shaken; corners bumped; head and tail frayed. Slightly worn and soiled; some signatures split or partially split; occasional light foxing; annotations in pencil to free front endpaper; small circular publisher's handstamp to lower margin of title; first leaf of music torn at inner margin and partially detached. Lacking half-title.
Hérodiade, with a libretto by P. Milliet and H. Grémont after Flaubert's Hérodias, was first performed in Bruselles at the Théâtre de la Monnaie in December of 1881 under the direction of Stoumon and Calabrési.
"[Massenet] was the most prolific and successful composer of opera in France at the end of the 19th century and into the beginning of the 20th." Annegret Fauser, Patrick Gillis and Hugh Macdonald in Grove Music Online. Item #29466
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