Bonn: Simrock [PN 28], . Oblong folio. Early marbled boards.  (title printed within oval decorative border), 2-228 pp., 1f. (recto publisher's statement, verso contents), 1f. (recto publisher's catalogue, verso blank). Watermark C & I Honig. Text in Italian and German.
Binding slightly worn, rubbed, and bumped; front free endpaper lacking. Slightly worn; lower outer corners slightly thumbed; minor staining to last five leaves; several pencilled annotations. A very good copy overall.
First Edition, third issue. Haberkamp pp. 257-258 (describing 16 different issues in total, locating 2 copies only of the first issue, 1 copy of the second, and 4 copies of the third). Hoboken II, 262 (third issue). RISM M4343 (not distinguishing among issues).
First performed in Vienna at the Burgtheater on May 1, 1786, with libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte after Beaumarchais.
"Figaro is generally agreed to be the most perfect and least problematic of Mozart's great operas... In the great finales of Acts 2 and 4, Mozart reached a level which he could never surpass; indeed, he was hardly to equal the Bb Allegro of the second act finale for its mercurial motivic play and the subsequent Andante in 6/8 for the synchronization of dramatic revelation with the demands of musical form." Julian Ruston in Grove Opera Vol. 3, p. 634. Item #31213
Price: $6,500.00 other currencies