Milano: F. Lucca [PNs 17640, 17626-39], .
Quarto. Modern full red cloth, titling gilt to spine, original publisher's dark ivory printed upper wrapper cut and laid down to blank first leaf. 1f. (title), 1f. (contents), 5-179,  (blank) pp. Each number with secondary pagination. Engraved.
Signature ("Robert R. Clark") to front free endpaper.
Binding slightly worn and rubbed.
First Edition of this arrangement.
Virginia, a tragedia lirica in 3 acts to a libretto by Salvatore Cammarano after Vittorio Alfieri, premiered in Naples at the Teatro San Carlo on 7 April 1866.
In the tumult of the Italian wars of independence, Mercadante composed Virginia for performance in Naples in 1850; the political implications of the story, however, led the work to be banned. Mercadante refused to allow the opera's setting to be shifted from Rome to Egypt, and so the opera lay dormant until after the dissolution of the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies. The successful premiere in 1866 was perhaps the most signifcant event in Mercadante's later life.
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