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CRUIKSHANK, George, Illustrator; C. Apel.

Der Freischütz Travestie.

Stock Code
95957
London, for C. Baldwyn, 1824
£1,800

Rare Coloured Copy with good provenance

Der Freischütz (usually translated as The Marksman or The Freeshooter) was originally a romantic opera with a libretto by Friedrich Kind and a score by Carl Maria von Weber, first performed in Berlin in 1821. Cruikshank capitalised on the opera's success by producing this travesty, along with the unidentified 'Septimus Globus,' in which he lampoons Kind's text, suggests popular English ditties such as be used instead of Weber's music and gives sarcastic stage directions such as 'a song sings itself.' The work also contains many embellishments not present in the original opera, such as a cameo from Frankenstein's monster. The opera was re-worked by Hector Berlioz several years later, and this version was first performed in Paris in 1841.

This copy comes from the library of Carrie Estelle Betzold Doheny (1875 – 1958), one of the most renowned American collectors of the XX century, who also

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Description

First edition. Large 8vo. Title, half-title, list of dramatis personae, 68 pp. with 12 hand-coloured etched plates on Whatman paper. Publisher's blue-green paper boards; old reback, corners worn, book label to upper pastedown.

Bibliography

Cohn 36.

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