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LULLY, Jean-Baptiste 1632-1687
[LWV 57]. Bellerophon Tragidie mise en musique
Paris: Christophe Ballard, 1679. Tall folio. Full contemporary dark brown mottled calf with raised bands on spine in decorative compartments gilt, dark red leather title label gilt, marbled endpapers. 1f. (recto title with large publisher's device incorporating musical instruments, verso blank), 1f. (dedication to the king), 154ff. With small rectangular ownership label to lower margin of front pastedown: "Bibliothèque du Souverain Moulin." Binding slightly worn; corners rubbed and bumped; joints slightly split at head and tail; endpapers slightly faded. Slightly worn; minor ink swirls to blank right margin of title; occasional early paper repairs; some lower margins slightly creased; small ink stain to extreme outer edge of ff. 137-154; occasional mispagination. First Edition. Schneider p. 315. Lesure p. 405. RISM L2974 (6 complete copies only in the U.S.). Bellérophon, to a libretto by T. Corneille and Fontenelle after Hesiod's Theogeny, was first performed in Paris at the Opéra on January 31, 1679. "According to LeCerf de la Viéville, Lully rejected many drafts by Corneille and Fontenelle and in the end called in Quinault as a ghost-writer. It was a triumphant success as shown from the accounts of the Mercure galant of January, 1679. The decorations were so magnificent that they were patented. In October, Quinault was again seen at court, and Bellérophon was, at last, given at Saint-Germain for the King on January 3, 1680." "This was the first opera to be printed under Lully's supervision by Christophe Ballard, and thereafter all of the tragédies lyriques were … [Click Below for Full Description]
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