Paris: Christophe Ballard, seul Imprimeur du Roy pour la Musique, 1682.
Small quarto. Full modern vellum with double rule gilt to outer edges of boards, gilt rules to spine. 1f. (recto title with woodcut device incorporating an image of a guitar, verso "Acteurs du Prologue"), 4ff. ("Prologue"), 1f. ("Acteurs de la Tragedie"), 62 pp., 1f. ("Privilege du Roy"). With decorative woodcut headpiece to first leaf of Prologue and each act and occasional decorative woodcut initials and head- and tailpieces throughout, both woodcut and typeset.
Performers (not listed) include vocal soloists Bluquette as Cassiope, Rochois as Mérope, Aubry as Andromède, Beaumavielle as Phinée, Du Mesnil as Persée, Desvoyes as Méduse and dancers La Fontaine and Pécourt.
Steel-engraved 19th century armorial bookplate of noted bibliophile P. Guy Pellion by A. Serin, Paris to front pastedown and small circular monogrammatic handstamp to lower outer corner of first leaf of Prologue.
Binding slightly warped. Light uniform browning; occasional staining; minor paper defect to foot of blank leaf B; remnants of green ribbon marker. Lacking frontispiece. A very good, fresh, and wide-margined copy overall.
First Edition. Schneider p. 369. Schmidt LLC9-1.1.
Persée, a tragédie-lyrique to a libretto by Quinault after Ovid's Metamorphoses, was first performed in Paris at the Opéra on April 18, 1682.
"[It] was the first of Lully’s operas to make extensive use of orchestral accompaniment for solo voices. In addition to the normal Paris revivals (up to 1746), a reworked version was performed at the marriage celebrations of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette (1770)." Lois Rosow in Grove Music Online.
A 215-page catalogue of the 734 items in Pellion's library was published in Paris by A. Durel in 1882; the present libretto was number 419.
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