Paris: La Librairie de L'Art, 1888.
Small folio. Half dark brown morocco with marbled boards, raised bands on spine in decorative compartments, titling gilt, top edge gilt, marbled endpapers, original publisher's wrappers printed in red and black bound in. 1f. (blank), 1f. (recto half-title printed in red and black, verso limitation statement), 1f. (recto blank, verso full-page frontispiece with tissue guard), 1f. (recto title printed in red and black, verso blank), 1f. (recto dedication to Ernest Reyer, verso blank), [vii]-xvi, 386 pp. + 1f. (recto publisher's advertisement, verso publisher's device). Profusely illustrated.
Profusely illustrated, including 14 fine original lithographic illustrations by Henri Fantin-Latour, each preceded by a tissue-guard with printed titling, as follows:
- "Vérité" (frontispiece)
- Tuba Mirum Spargens Sonum
- Symphonie Fantastique Un Bal
- Lélio La Harpe éolienne
- Harold en Italie Dans les montagnes
- Benvenuto Cellini Acte III La Fonte du Persée
- Roméo et Juliette Confidence à la nuit
- La Damnation de Faust Apparition de Marguerite
- Sara la Baigneuse
- L'Enfance du Christ Le Repos de la Sainte Famille
- Béatrice et Bénédict Acte I Nocturne
- La Prise de Troie Acte III Apparition d'Hector
- Les Troyens a Carthage Acte III Duo d'amour
Binding slightly worn, rubbed, and bumped; wrappers slightly worn and browned. A very good copy overall.
"[Berlioz] stands as the leading musician of his age in a country—France—whose principal artistic endeavour was then literary, and in an art—music—whose principal pioneers were then German. In many senses the Romantic movement found its fullest embodiment in him, yet he had deep Classical roots and stood apart from many manifestations of that movement. His life presents the archetypal tragic struggle of new ideas for acceptance, to which he gave his full exertions as composer, critic and conductor. And though there were many who perceived greatness in his music from the beginning, his genius only came to full recognition in the 20th century." Hugh Macdonald in Grove Music Online
Fantin-Latour was a highly acclaimed French painter and lithographer; his works exhibit a Romanticism which found expression in his representations of the music of both Berlioz and Wagner. He is represented in the Louvre and in other major museum collections.
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