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[MOZART. Wolfgang Amadeus].

[Don Giovanni] Don Juan oder der Steinerne Gast.

Stock Code
102887
Leipzig, Breitkopf & Haertel, 1801
£9,500

Don Giovanni was the first of Mozart's operas to be published in full score. The separate 14-page German libretto by Rochlitz, not included with this copy (although it is present as part of the orchestral score), seems to have been printed separately and is therefore often not present. Haberkamp notes no differences between those scores that contain it and those that do not.

Don Giovanni, The Libertine Punished; or, Il dissoluto punito; ossia, il Don Giovanni, is in two acts with Italian libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte. It premiered at the original National Theatre in Prague on October 29, 1787. The opera's subject is Don Juan, the notorious libertine of fiction and his eventual descent into hell. For Mozart, it was an unusually intense work, and it was not entirely understood in his own time. Within a generation, however, it was recognised as one of the greatest of all operas.

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Description

First edition; 2 vols, oblong folio (330 x 260mm, 13 x 10 1/8 in); orchestral score with libretto in Italian and German, vol. I with additional engraved vignette title by Bolt after Kinninger (foxed) of the supper scene between Commendatore and Don Giovanni, printed title with attractive ink presentation to upper corner margin, dated 1877) and 2 following pp. of text, engraved musical score 6-292pp, vol. II with printed title and engraved musical score 294-590pp, with separate printed divisional title 'Anhang von spaeter eingelegten Stuecken', some sporadic light foxing and minor staining, mostly to final leaf of vol. I, some leaves trimmed at upper edge with loss to pagination in vol.2 but in the main clean and bright; modern diced calf, upper covers lettered in gilt, marbled endpapers and edges, most attractive.

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