[Mainz et Anvers]: [Schott] [PN 4229], [June 1835].
Small folio. Dark brown leather-backed marbled boards with red rectangular leather label gilt to upper.  (blank), 2-102 pp. Engraved. Text in Italian and German.
Contains 9 numbers, each with secondary pagination.
From the collection of Italian conductor, vocal coach, and close associate of Puccini and Mascagni, Luigi Ricci (1893-1981). With small Viennese owner's handstamp to upper outer corner of page .
Binding rather worn and rubbed; occasional hinge splits. Lacking title. Scattered light soiling; moderately offset; owner's handstamp slightly abraided.
First German edition, pre-dating the first German edition of the piano-vocal score of 1835 (PN 4585). Lippmann, p. 390. Very scarce.
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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