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Rare Libretti for operas in Spain under Farinelli’s Directions

Farinelli, original name Carlo Broschi, (born Jan. 24, 1705, Andria, Kingdom of Naples [Italy]—died July 15, 1782, Bologna), celebrated Italian castrato singer of the 18th century and one of the greatest singers in the history of opera. The importance of Farinelli’s role as “impresario” in bringing serious opera to Madrid is made clear from several sources: During the nearly 25 years Farinelli lived at the Spanish court, he produced a “long series of sumptuously staged Italian opera. Overall, the Farinelli productions in Madrid anticipated tendencies that surfaced only later elsewhere in Europe.” His departure from Madrid ended “what was surely the most brilliant chapter for Italian opera in eighteenth century Spain” (DelDonna and Polzonetti, 260). “In 1747, [Farinelli] was appointed artistic director of the theatres at Buen Retiro and Aranjuez marking the beginning of a decade of extraordinary productions and extravaganzas in which he collaborated extensively with Metastasio.” Here he produced 23 operas and serenatas between 1747 and 1756. After the death of his patron Ferdinand VI in 1759, he was asked to leave Spain (Macy, 151). We offer four original libretti for operas directed by Farinelli. The link is below. Inquiries invited

Rare Books, Prints, Letters Many about set designs

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Giustino dramma per musica. 1724 Original Libretto to this opera for carnival in Rome by Antonio Vivaldi

Roma: Nella stamperia del Bernabò: Si vendono a Pasquino nella libraria di Pietro Leone, 1724. Sonneck, 568; Sartori 12373. Giustino is a major opera. It shows Vivaldi on the verge of modernizing his style while summing up the most individual achievements of his earlier years. The rare libretto contains stage directions and much that is not in the original score. With contemporary Roman binding with arms of Mattei family on each cover. Inquiries invited Golden Legend, Inc 449 South Beverly Drive Beverly Hills, CA 90212 310 385 1903

17th and 18th century theatre and dance

We offer a fine selection of rare material, including books, prints and drawings. The link is below. Inquiries invited. Golden Legend, Inc. 449 South Beverly Drive Beverly Hills, CA 90212 310 385 1903 email:

Anna Pavlova in Le Réveil Flore.

Original drawing with watercolors of costume for Anna Pavlova in Le Réveil Flore. London, 1914 (10" x 14"), signed and dated “Albert R.” Sept 1914. Annotated. On thin paper, laid down, clean break across length of image, mended. .The English premiere of the Awakening of Flora (Le Réveil de Flore) was presented on October 12, 1914, with scenery and costumes by Albert Rutherson. Queen Alexandra was in a box in the circle. Pavlova danced for the first time with Alexandre Volinine. The arrangement was by Clustine. The performance was a success and raised funds for the Red Cross World War I relief. This drawing is reproduced in Rutherson’s limited edition Sixteen Designs for the Theatre. Oxford, 1928. Albert Rutherson was influential in bringing about the modern use of the painted curtain, which soon found its way onto the vaudeville stages, for which he did a number of productions. $2,000.00

Auric, Georges. La Pastorale. Partition d’Orchestre. (Paris, 1926).

Folio (35 x 27 cm; 10 1/2” x 13 7/8”). 398pp. (2 + 395 + 1). Bound in brown paper covers with black tape spine. . Copyist manuscript on paper. Stamped “Heugel & Cie” on front cover, marked in ink 2.G.5. ( Schmidt GA 49, pp 241-2). The manuscript is very carefully drawn in black ink on 32-line paper, bearing the ink stamp of the publisher Heugel. Conductors Performance Score for a Diaghilev Ballet Annotations on almost every page with different colored inks, also erasures and paste over, indicating use in different productions. Especially dense annotation can be found on pp. 122-3, 146-7, 158-9, 225, 238-9, 241, 280-1, 296-7, 356-7, 394-5 (see illus). Some annotations are taken from the author’s holograph manuscript (Schmidt, 241 and *1)

Theatrical Portraits 18-20th Centuries

A selection of rare etchings, lithographs and photographs. Many are on display on our walls. Come by if you are in Los Angeles. Gordon Hollis Golden Legend, Inc. Member ABAA & ILAB 449 South Beverly Drive #205 Beverly Hills, CA 90212 USA By appointment Phone 310 385 1903 Fax 310 385 1905 email new acquisitions posted prominently & frequently at: WWW.GOLDENLEGEND.COM

Les Franconis. Lithograph, hand colored. Printed Metz: Imprimerie, Lithographie et Fabrique d’Images de Dembour et Gangel, N.130. (Before 1852)

A souvenir print of the famous Parisian Franconi equestrian circus with eight scenes of acrobats on horseback. The Franconi's theatrical circus influenced Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey. The Franconi troupe were not only wonderful horsemen - “veritable Centaurs-and jumpers, but also expressive mimes and elegant dancers of a kind rare in the modern circuses for they had been formed in the special schools for circus children.” (Mirian Hannah Winter).

Etrennes d’Eupheme. Nourrice des Muses. Année 1789.

Paris: Langlois, 1789. 12mo. Engraved frontis, 2ff. VIII. 14ff. 216pp. 10ff. 5pp. Engraved calendar for each month of 1789, text, poetry and music. 1 folding leaf. Ornaments throughout. Contemporary red morocco, spine highly gilt with green morocco label, triple gilt rules, all edges gilt. Lightly rubbed, but a fine copy. RISM B II (Recueils Imprimes XIIIe, supplement) (1964), p. 402. F, Psg. Provenance: Louis-Philippe Joseph d' Orléans; Count Henry Greffulhe. OCLC, North America: No copies located. A decidedly secular book, free from Church doctrine, Etrennes d’Eupheme is designed to educate both the aristocrat and the bourgeois youth in the history of literature and development of scientific method. Coming immediately before the Revolution, the book prefigures the democratic goal of providing education for all. It may have been of great use to the Freemasons of France.

New Acquisitions: Rare Theatre and Dance.

Including early operas for Louis XIV, Roman carnival operas for James III (the Old Pretender), an exquisited paper doll game for children from 1835 etc. Inquiries invited Golden Legend, Inc 449 South Beverly Drive Beverly Hills, CA 90212 Phone 310 385 1903 email: website.

Roman Carnival. 1719-1720. Three important libretto

1. Amore e Maestà, drama per musica da rappresentarsi nella Sala dell' Illmo Sig. Conte d'Alibert nel Carnevale dell' anno 1720. Dedicato Alla Maesta’ di Giacomo III Re della Gran Bertagna &c. Rome: Stamperia e Bernabò, 1720. Sartori 1612. For Carnival in Rome 1720. The First Italian Opera to Have a Tragic Ending. Changed to a Happy Ending for Carnival Dedicated to James III’s (the Old Pretender) Court 2. Tito Sempronio Gracco. Dramma per musica di Silvio Stampigliavale dell'anno 1720; Nella stamperia del Bernabò, 1720. Sartori 23266. Opera for Carnival in Rome 1720. Music revised by Alessandro Gaspare Scarlatti. Scenery by “Il Canaletto”. Nothing remains but this libretto 3. Lucio Vero, drama per musica, da rappresentarsi nel teatro dell'ill. sig. conte d'Alibert nel carnevale dell'anno 1719. Dedicata all'illustriss., et eccellentiss. signora d. Teresa Borromei. Rome: Gaetano Zenobj stampatore, e intagliatore si sua santità, 1719. Sartori 14501. Opera for Carnival in Rome 1719. With sumptuous sets by Ferdinando Galli-Bibiena, some drawings still exist

California Intl. Antiquarian Bookfair. Pasadena Convention Center February 9th-11th. BOOTH 723

Highlights and selections Golden Legend, Inc. Member ABAA & ILAB 449 South Beverly Drive #205 Beverly Hills, CA 90212 USA Phone 310 385 1903 Fax 310 385 1905 email new acquisitions posted prominently & frequently at: WWW.GOLDENLEGEND.COM