Giordano, Umberto (1867-1948)
Madame Sans-Gêne: Commedia. Signed and inscribed on half-title: "Alla gentile Signora | Nisida Suarez | omaggio devoto di | Umberto Giorano | Milano Marzo | 1919". Edouardo Sonzogno: Milan, 1915. PN 1884. First Edition. Folio. 251 pp. Original white cloth boards with raised design featuring bees, title stamped in gold and green. Elegantly boxed in 3/4 red leather with marbled boards, raised bands and gold tooling. Somewhat sprung, corners bumped, spine rubbed, covers slightly soiled; otherwise very good.
Very handsome printing with engraved vignettes at the head and end of each act. Each act preceded by a plot summary on a separate page with engraved designs. Madame Sans-Gêne, based on a play by Sardou and Moreau with a libretto by Renato Simoni, had its premiere at the Metropolitan in New York January 25, 1915, under the direction of Toscanini.