Milano: presso Gio. Ricordi Firenze presso Gio. Ricordi & Co.[PNs 8551-8577], .
Oblong folio. Modern half dark blue buckram with light blue linen boards, decorative cut paperprinted title label laid down to upper, titling gilt to spine. 1f. (blank), 2ff. (title, contents, named cast list), 5-270 pp. Engraved.
Title with lithographic illustration of a woman playing the harp next to Bellini's tomb. Named cast list from the premiere includes Giulia Grisi, Giovanni Battista Rubini, Antonio Tamburini, and Luigi Lablache.
Binding slightly rubbed. Title slightly soiled; occasional foxing; minor soiling to some lower outer corners. An attractive copy overall.
First Italian edition, first issue, published seven months after the first edition published in Paris by Pacini in February of 1836. Lippmann p. 390. Scarce (4 copies located in the U.S.). Crawford p. 36.
In 3 acts to a libretto by Carlo Pepoli after Têtes Rondes et Cavaliers (1833) by Ancelot and Saintine, I puritani premiered in Paris at the Théâtre Italien on 24 January 1835.
"Bellini anticipated Verdi in attributing to I puritani an individual ‘colorito’, which he described as ‘basically the genre of La sonnambula and Paisiello’s Nina with a touch of military robustness and something of Puritan severity’. In its harmony and scoring I puritani is Bellini’s most sophisticated opera – a direct consequence, no doubt, of its having been written for a Parisian audience." Simon Maguire, Elizabth Forbes, and Julian Budden in Grove Music Online.
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