Folio, pp. , 266; plate nos. M.S.3218 (overture) and M.S.3343; engraved music, without the frontispiece present in some copies; occasional foxing, but a very good copy in contemporary quarter sheep gilt, some skilful restoration.
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First edition. Wagner’s arrangement of Donizetti’s La Favorite in vocal score with piano accompaniment. This is the most celebrated of several piano reductions made during Wagner’s time in Paris when he was under straitened circumstances and worked for the publisher Schlesinger as an arranger.
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