Text Box: HARMONIE AUTOGRAPHS AND MUSIC INC.

MUSIC AUTOGRAPHS & ANTIQUARIAN

Price: $2500.00

FINE CONDITION

Text Box: MUSIC AUTOGRAPHS AND EPHEMERA BOUGHT AND SOLD

Autographed and inscribed special limited edition pre-first edition folio piano-vocal score of “Manon” with a 6 bar musical quotation, 1884.  The wrapper is lamb vellum parchment which is printed in gold on the cover, spine and the back cover. The pages are fine paper parchment. The score is contained in a custom clamshell box with oilskin decorative boards and a 1/4 Moroccan gold stamped leather spine and corners.

Massenet has inscribed the score to Jean Tollet, December 3, 1907 with a musical quotation from Act I of De Grieux’s first sight of Manon, “Mademoiselle—Pardonnez-Moi!”.  (Jean Tollet is perhaps the French painter “Tony” Tollet (1857-1953) whose birth name was Jean and was a fellow Pensionnonaire of the L’Academie de France en Rome, winning the second grand prize in 1885.)

Massenet’s publisher Georges Hartmann after the sensational January 19, 1884 world premiere of “Manon” at the Opera Comique in Paris decided to produce a special limited edition of 50 fully engraved plate stamped scores of which this example is 34.  There are no plate numbers and the score features a frontispiece engraving utilized on the wrapper of the first edition score.  Each of the 391 pages has a multi colored decorative floral border around the music.  The final page, 391 is a variant for page 249 for theatres not producing the ballet.

The score is in overall fine condition.  We could find one slight small stain between two pages, else the score is in terrific condition.  The lambskin vellum wrapper has some age toning but is quite fine as well.  The clam shell box needs a slight repair inside to an edge, otherwise it is fine as well.

This score represents one of the most luxurious printings of any score we have seen.
“Manon” remains Massenet’s most successful opera, well entrenched in the repertory of the major and minor operas houses throughout the world.  We were unable to find an example of this specific printing of the score sold at auction in the past decade.

 

           JULES MASSENET - COMPOSER
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