“NEVER YET HAS ANYONE PRODUCED SO ACCURATE A MUSICAL DESCRIPTION OF LA MANIFESTATION PHYSIQUE DES TENDRESSES HUMAINES”
MASSENET, Jules. Esclarmonde. Paris, 1889.
First edition, scarce association copy, of the piano-vocal score to Massenet's "opera romanesque," with lovely art nouveau color illustrations, including vignette title page, by E. Grasset, very warmly inscribed by Massenet to the great French bass-baritone Joseph Tagliafico: “a l’ami Tagliafico, souvenir de son bien affectionne, J. Massenet,” with a musical quotation from the prologue (“O divine Esclarmonde…”), dated Paris, October 1889. $3800.