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HANDEL, George Frideric 1685-1759
[HWV 12a-b]. Il Radamisto Opera Rapresentata nel Regio Teatro D'Hay Market. [Score]
London: Published by the Author. Printed and Sold by Richard Meares... & by Christopher Smith, [1720]. 2 volumes in one. Tall folio. 18th century blindstamped suede with "Rhadamistus" in manuscript to upper board. 1f. (recto title, verso blank), 1f. (recto privilege and dedication to King George I, verso blank), [i] (blank, with early manuscript index), 121 pp. Engraved. Bound with: Arie Aggiunte di Radamisto. London: Published by the Author. Printed and Sold by Richard Meares Musical-Instrument-Maker and Musick Printer in St. Pauls Church yd. & by Christopher Smith at ye Hand & Musick-Book in Coventry-Street near ye Hay-Market. N.B. Not to be sold any where else in England, [1721]. 1f. (recto title, verso blank), 38 pp. Engraved. With early manuscript index to verso of free front endpaper opposite title. Binding slightly worn, rubbed, bumped, and scuffed; rebacked. Very slightly worn; some minor creasing to upper corners; occasional small tears. Very good copies of both volumes. First Edition, first issue of both parts. Rare. With the Privilege not present in some copies. HWV 12a-b. Händel-Handbuch I, 172. Smith p. 53 nos. 1 and 2. BUC p. 429. Hoboken Vol. 5, 29 and 30. RISM H258 and H261. First performed at the King's Theatre in London on April 27, 1720, with text by Nicola F. Haymn after the Italian drama L'Amor tirannico O Zenobia by D. Lalli. Revised, with the addition of 13 new pieces, for a performance at the King's Theatre on December 28, 1720. "The printing of the score was heralded by a publicity campaign. A press announcement on 12 July 1720 stated that it "is no … [Click Below for Full Description]

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