[Paris]: Édition gravée et imprimée par Marquerie Frères [without PN], 1838.
Large octavo. Quarter dark green calf with marbled boards, spine in gilt-ruled compartments with titling gilt, marbled endpapers. 1f. (recto title within decorative border, verso blank), 1f. (recto cast list and incipits, verso blank), 232 pp. Lithographed.
Binding slightly worn, rubbed, and bumped. S browning and foxing.
Gossett p. 312. First published in 1819-20 by Breitkopf & Härtel.
Otello, to a libretto by Francesco Berio di Salsa after William Shakespeare's play, was first performed in Naples at the Teatro del Fondo on December 4, 1816.
"Rossini’s choice of Shakespeare’s Othello, complete with its tragic denouement, was a bold and original one at the time ... In the 19th century the opera’s huge popularity owed much to the final act. Meyerbeer wrote: ‘The third act of Otello established its reputation so firmly that a thousand errors could not shake it. This third act is really godlike, and what is so extraordinary is that its beauties are quite un-Rossini-like. First-rate declamation, continuously impassioned recitative, mysterious accompaniments full of local colour, and, in particular, the style of the old romances brought to highest perfection’." Richard Osborne in Grove Music Online.
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