Napoli: B. Girard e Ci. [PNs 3419-22, 3433-36, 3439-40, 4068-4077, 4104-09], [ca. 1850].
Oblong folio. Dark red leather-backed textured green cloth boards, marbled endpapers. 1f. (recto title, verso blank), 3-201, [i] (blank) pp. Each number with separate caption title and secondary pagination. Engraved.
From the collection of Italian conductor, vocal coach, and close associate of Puccini and Mascagni, Luigi Ricci (1893-1981); previous owner's name ("Prof. Rigillo") and address to title; handstamp ("Scuola di canto del Mo. Lombardini") to title and many pages throughout.
Binding somewhat worn, rubbed, and bumped; remnants of paper label to spine. Light foxing and thumbing throughout.
First Naples Edition, later issue, with alternative numbers.
Il giuramento, a melodramma in 3 acts to a libretto by Gaetano Rossi after Victor Hugo's Angelo (1835), premiered in Milan at La Scala on 11 March 1837.
Mercadante had a string of successes following his years of study in Paris. Beginning with Il giuramento, he gradually developed a more dramatic opera form that earned him the respect of contemporaries such as Liszt.
Price: $200.00 other currencies