Title: Great Opera Houses
Author: Spike Hughes
Year: 1956 (First Edition)
Publisher: Weidenfeld and Nicolson
Book Condition: Very Good
Jacket Condition: Fair
Description: Personal visits to 20 famous opera houses across 14 cities in Italy, Austria, Germany, France, and England have provided Spike Hughes with the material for this unique account of their different characters and traditions. He describes outstanding musical (and sometimes inevitably political) events which have occurred there; the famous operas that have triumphed and failed; the theatres' personal and artistic associations with the great composers, conductors, singers, and – above all – the people, eccentric, great (sometimes both at once) who have contributed to the history of the individual opera houses.
Great Opera Houses also serves as a guide book – containing prices (only for historical reference now!), length and dates of seasons, customs concerning evening dress and other information of value to the tourist.
Light blue boards with gilt text on spine. Corners are bumped. Unclipped jacket (32s 6d net) has a 2 cm × 3 cm (0.8″ × 1.2″) loss at the tail and 1 cm × 3½ cm (0.4″ × 1.4″) loss at the head of the spine. Jacket partially repaired with sellotape on the inside. Pages in very good condition: not a speck of a foxing and tightly bound. Attractive Seven Arts Book Club ex libris attached to the front pastedown.
Extremely scarce in jacket, so priced accordingly.
Measures 22 cm × 14 cm (8.8″ × 5.6″). 8vo. 362 pp.