Paris: 1899. Octavo. Full dark blue morocco with elaborate borders gilt, raised bands on spine in decorative compartments gilt, titling gilt, doublés (front and rear pastedown endpapers) of white leather ornamented with elaborate gilt tooling. 1f. (title) + 4ff. musical manuscript. In board slipcase.
With embellishment to several capitals in blue and red ink and small decorative floral device in black ink to both title and conclusion.
Early bookseller's description indicating that the present volume was purchased in February of 1939.
Title slightly browned at edges; some minor soiling. Slipcase slightly worn.
"[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.
The present song was composed in 1899 and published in Massenet's "20 Mélodies Mezzo-Soprano ou Baryton, Vol. V," in Paris by Heugel in the following year.
A highly attractive copy, beautifully bound in Paris by the distinguished binder Pierre Marcelin Lortic (1852-1928) or his son of the same name. Examples of the father's bindings are held in various major library collections including the British Library and the New York Public Library.
"The death in Paris is announced of Pierre Marcelin Lortic, the last of the classical artists in bookbinding who were really great artists... Since the artisans of the Renaissance who worked for Grolier, not one had the gift of fitting morocco covers to books as if they were inseparable until Lortic came. He made original and beautiful designs and gilded them perfectly to express the books that they covered... The son who remains is, like his father, a master binder. There are peoplke who consider that the mantle of his sire has descended upon him, and that he is the best binder in Paris to-day. Like his father, he is his own gilder." The Art Collector: A Journal Devoted to the Arts and the Crafts, Volumes 3-4, edited by Alfred Trumble, 1892-1893. Item #30826
Price: $750.00 other currencies