Wien: Ludwig Doblinger [PN D. 3366], [ca. 1906].
Folio. Contemporary black half leather with black textured cloth boards boards, titling in Czech gilt to spine, decorative patterned endpapers. 1f. (pictorial title),  (contents), 4-142 pp.
With handstamp of Czech distributor and music seller to title.
Binding slightly worn and rubbed, with evidence of past glue repairs. Occasional annotations in red and blue pencil; very small dampstain to upper blank margin throughout.
First Edition, an early issue, but with #15 titled "Lippen schweigen." See Fuld pp. 364-365.
Die lustige Witwe (The Merry Widow) was composed to a libretto by Victor Léon und Leo Stein after Henri Meilhac's L'attaché d'ambassade (1861). It was first performed in Vienna at the Theater an der Wien on December 30, 1905.
"In the field of operetta, Die lustige Witwe remains a masterpiece. It has a fund of marvellous melodies that remain astonishingly fresh—ever inventive, ever graceful." Andrew Lamb in Grove Dictionary of Opera.
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