Paris: Mme. Ve. Launer [PN V. L. 3292], [1841-1842]. Large octavo. Quarter dark green calf with marbled boards, spine in decorative compartments gilt, titling gilt. 1f. (recto title printed within decorative border, verso blank), 1f. (recto blank, verso lithographic portrait of composer after A. de Bayalds), 1f. (recto publisher's catalogue, verso notes on first performance, cast list, and incipits), 176 pp. Engraved.
Binding slightly worn, rubbed, and bumped; hinges partially split; light pencil markings to free front endpaper; contemporary signature to verso of front endpaper. Minor foxing; some signatures split or splitting; signature to verso of portrait; small publisher's facsimile signature handstamp to lower margin of title; occasional creasing.
First complete edition.
First performed in Paris at the Théatre de l'Opéra-Comique in March of 1799.
"In 1799 [Berton] presented his most original operas, Montano et Stéphanie and Le délire. Both have simple stories but high passions: the first work depicts the exploitation of innocence and the second the healing of a mentally deranged husband. Both held the stage for many years. Montano enjoyed performances throughout Europe and was given at Weimar as late as 1845; excerpts were played at concerts well into the 19th century. These operas were exceeded in their popularity only by Aline, reine de Golconde (1803), which reached the USA before being revived in Paris in 1847. Many published selections from these works were in circulation." David Charlton in Grove Music Online. Item #29480
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