Large 8vo, pp. [vi], 509, , with a photographic portrait of Berlioz as frontispiece; one or two minor spots, but a fine, large copy, uncut and unopened in the original printed wrappers.
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Mémoires . . . comprenant ses voyages en Italie, en Allemagne, en Russie et en Angleterre 1803–1865. Avec un beau portrait de l’auteur.
First edition, a fine copy in entirely original condition in the original wrappers. Berlioz’s colourful autobiography reads like a work of literature and remains the principle source for his life. This posthumous first edition of the Mémoires was preceded by excerpts which were serialised in Le Monde Illustré in 1859, and by a small pre-publication printing for distribution among Berlioz’s friends in 1865.
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