Bologna: Casanova, [ca 1856].
Folio. Contemporary mid-tan leather-backed marbled boards, decorative cut-paper label with manuscript titling to upper, spine in gilt-ruled compartments with decorative devices, original publisher's wrappers bound in. 1f. (blank), - pp., each piece with separate pagination including final leaf with list of subscribers. Lithographed by Giulio Wenk.
- La Illusioni della vita: Romanza per Baritono o Contralto. 4 pp.
- Concetti di un Fanciullo: Tirolese per Soprano. 5,  (blank) pp.
- Una notte a Venezia: Duetto per Soprano, e Tenore. 6 pp.
- Ad Ischia: Arietta per Tenore. 3,  (blank) pp.
- L'anima di un Fanciullo alla Madre: Romanza per Soprano. 7,  (blank) pp.
- A giovane Sposa: Terzettino per Soprano, Tenore e Basso. 9,  (blank) pp.
From the collection of Italian conductor, vocal coach, and close associate of Puccini and Mascagni, Luigi Ricci (1893-1981), previously from the collection of Italian composer Francesco Maria Albini (1829-1917), with his signature and "527" to upper wrapper and gilt to spine.
Binding slightly worn and rubbed; head and tail of spine frayed; endpapers creased and slightly stained and foxed. Very occasional light soiling. A clean, wide-margined copy overall.
First (and only) Edition. Rare (three copies only, all in Italy). Gaspari III, p. 277.
Italian pianist and composer Nicola Mici is an obscure figure, with very little mention even in contemporary sources. He is most often cited in biographies of his son, Guglielmo Mici, as a "worthy contrapuntalist" who taught singing at Turin and Bologna.
His album of songs was reviewed in the Gazzetta musicale di Milano in February 1856 as "a great step towards that pleasant, natural, and unaffected style in which the supreme Rossini wrote such splendid examples."
The publication is dedicated to Marianna Barbieri-Nini (1818-1887), a well-known Italian soprano who appeared in the premieres of operas by Donizetti, Rossini, and Verdi.
Ricci was an important figure in the transmission of 19th century traditions passed on to him by noted baritone Antonio Cotogni (1831-1918), whom he accompanied from the age of 12. He was active as a vocal coach at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, where he taught (amongst many others) Sesto Bruscantini, Anna Moffo, Rosalind Elias, Ezio Flagello, Peter Lindroos, and Martti Wallén.
Elegantly printed on fine quality paper.
Price: $300.00 other currencies