La Fanciulla Del West.

La Fanciulla Del West.
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Milan: G. Ricordi & C., 1910. 4to, (10), 1-333 pp. Inscribed on front free endpaper. Original color-printed wrappers, slight wear and rubbing to extremities and backstrip. Front hinge weakened. In a cloth box. A very good copy of the scarce complete score with an affectionate inscription by Puccini. The cover has a color illustration (artist unknown, possibly signed EP) showing a gold rush saloon with a miner slumped on a poker table and a man and a woman (the “girl of the west”) reaching towards each other across the table. Inscribed by Puccini: “4 mars [1]910 A Lei del Lago nostro cara reginettina Lula poi digerina sedico, mando, DO [I give]” ("To you from our lake, little queen Lula, little director, I dedicate, I send, [I give]" In place of "I give" is the musical note "do", a pun on the Italian dò.) (Item Id: 105127)

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