[LWV 29]. L'Amour Medicin. Comedie. [Libretto]

Paris: Pierre Traboüillet, au Palais, a l'entrée de la Galerie des Prisonniers, à la Fortune, 1669.

12mo. Full modern dark blue morocco with gilt-ruled borders and edges, raised bands on spine in ruled compartments gilt. 1f. (recto title, verso blank), 1f. ("Au Lecteur"), 1f. (recto Privilege dated 20 November 1668, verso cast list), 64 pp.

With woodcut device to title and occasional woodcut head- and tailpieces and decorative initials. With short textual descriptions of the ballets following Acts I and II.

Finely bound by Sangorski and Sutcliff in London.

Slightly worn; very occasional foxing; minor browning to edges; outer margin of first leaf of text archivally repaired, just touching text.

Second edition. Guibert: Bibliographie des Oeuvres de Molière publiées au XVIIe Siècle, pp. 159-160. This edition not on OCLC.

Molière's comedy-ballet in three acts with music by Jean-Baptiste Lully, L'amour médecin [Dr. Cupid], commissioned by Louis XIV, was first performed at Versailles on 14 September 1665. The dramatic balletic entre-actes are described within the text. Molière praises Lully's music in the Preface.

"In 1664 [Lully] was called upon to collaborate with Molière in a series of excellent comédies-ballets ... The masterpieces of the ‘deux Baptiste’, as Molière and Lully were called at the time, were all first performed at court as divertissements." Jérôme de La Gorce in Grove Music Online.

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