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[LULLY, Jean-Baptiste 1632-1687] Benserade, Isaac de 1613-1691
Vers du Ballet Royal dansé par leurs maiestez entre les Actes de la grande Tragedie de l'Hercule Amoureux. Avec la Traduction du Prologue, & des Argumens de chaque Acte. [Libretto]
Paris: Robert Ballard. 1662. Small quarto. Full polished mid-tan calf with decorative spine in compartments gilt, dark red leather title label gilt, boards with gilt- ruled edges with decorative bird-like motif at corners, inner dentelles gilt. 1f. (title with woodcut device), pp. 3-7 (prologue), 51[!52] pp. With named cast lists for each of 18 entrées for Cavalli's Ercole amante. With fine woodcut headpiece and large decorative woodcut initial to prologue; occasional decorative initials and woodcut head- and tailpieces throughout. Binding somewhat worn, rubbed and bumped; hinges and joints cracking; small portion of lower spine lacking. Somewhat browned and foxed; some leaves trimmed just affecting tailpieces or signature designation in a few instances; small hole to pp. 29/30 just affecting text . First Edition. Malkin 9.1. Magriel p. 139. Slin p. 296. Not in Derra de Moroda. L'Hercule Amoreux, a ballet with music by Lully, marked the occasion of the marriage of Louis XIV to Maria Theresa of Spain; it was first performed in Paris at the Tuileries on February 7, 1662. "This opera-ballet... was doubtless the most brilliant of all the festivities organized in honor of the king's marriage. The performance, before an immense crowd which filled the new theatre to capacity, lasted for six hours... But the magnificence of the new theatre, the extraordinary boldness of the machines and decorations, the numerous and sudden changes of scenes, and the sumptuousness of the costumes kept the audience in a constant state of excitement. They paid very little attention t … [Click Below for Full Description]
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