Milano: F. Lucca [PNs 14751-14797], .
Folio. Original publisher's dark ivory printed wrappers. 1f. (decorative title printed in sepia), 1f. (lithographic portrait of Meyerbeer, 1f. (contents), 260 pp, 1f. (blank). Engraved. Text in Italian and French.
Portrait lithograph of Meyerbeer by F. Perrin (Torino: Flli Doyen, 1864) ca. 180 x 130 mm, three-quarter length, seated, with facsimile signature beneath image.
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 inventory number to title.
Wrappers slightly worn and soiled; partially detached; "1722" in manuscript to lower inner corner of upper. Light scattered foxing. A very good copy overall, printed on quality paper.
First Italian edition. Gaspari III, p. 277. Rare (no copies located outside Italy).
Meyerbeer's 40 Mélodies were first published in 1849 by Brandus in Paris. They are a collection of songs composed between 1829 and 1849, many of which were published individually in various French music periodicals. This was a highly successful period in Meyerbeer's career and included his grand operas Robert le diable (1831), Les Huguenots (1836), and Le prophète (1849).
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