The Prima Donna. Henry Sutherland Edwards.

The Prima Donna. Her History and Surroundings from the Seventeenth to the Nineteenth Century

London: Remington and Co Publishers, 1888. 1st Edition. 2 vols., octavo, publisher's taupe cloth, spines stamped in black and gilt, upper boards ruled in black, yellow endpapers, unopened.

"Like the actress, to whom she is generally superior by her indispensable artistic training, though often inferior in native wit, [the prima donna] is a product of the last two hundred years." First edition of 19th-century journalist, critic and historian Henry Sutherland Edwards’s monograph on the rise of the "prima donna," or leading female singer in opera, with chapters on famous divas including Maria Malibran, Angelica Catalani, Adelina Patti, and Märta Birgitt Nilsson, among others. Edwards was a correspondent for the British daily national newspaper The Times, writing on the coronation of Alexander II of Russia, the 1862-1863 "January Uprising" in Warsaw, and the Franco-Prussian War from the perspective of German army headquarters. The Prima Donna followed his 1881 book on modern opera and the lyrical drama, and traces the historical rise of a new kind of modern celebrity. With an index. Corners gently banged, some rubbing to spine-ends, splitting to hinges but holding firm. Very good. Item #3266


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