Lot 192
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Strauss, Richard--Alfred Roller

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  • Strauss, Richard--Alfred Roller
  • Der Rosenkavalier Komödie für Musik von Hugo v Hofmannsthal. Musik von Richard Strauss. Skizzen für die Kostüme und Dekorationen von Alfred Roller, Berlin: Adolph Fürstner, 1910; together with: Der Rosenkavalier...Regieskizze, Fürstner, 1910
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first edition, 50 chromo-lithographed plates, four folding, including double-page colour stage designs for each act (c.48 x 64.5cm), and 45 costume designs (c.47.5 x 32cm), including Octavian (5), Die Feldmarschallin (3), Baron Ochs (3), etc, 10 designs framed and glazed (overall size: c.61 x 38.5cm), the others in card mounts (loosely attached), each with tissue paper, 54 pages in all, plus blanks, neat stamp ("22") to the bifolios and double-page plates, green folding box, gilt-lettered (c.61 x 38cm), light marking to title, careful repairs to tears at lower margins of the double-page plates, slight creasing & dust-marking to margins, together with:

DER ROSENKAVALIER KOMODIE FÜR MUSIK...REGIESKIZZE, first edition, 46 pages, 8vo (25 x 18cm), with stage-plans for each act, 23 floor-plans for the characters' movements within each scene, and a descriptive list of the costume plates, publishers dark blue wrappers 

Catalogue Note

A fine complete set of the famous stage and costume designs for the première of Der Rosenkavalier created by Alfred Roller (1864-1935), TOGETHER WITH A COPY OF THE RARE ORIGINAL PRODUCTION BOOK (Regieskizze).   The triumphant première at the Dresden Royal Opera was produced by Max Reinhardt. We have traced no copy of his Regieskizze in libraries in Britain, and only three copies elsewhere; in the New York Public Library (Rychtarik papers), Harvard (Jacoby papers) and in the Austrian National Library.  This little volume provides a comprehensive record of the stage movements for each character, illustrated with plans and indexed to pages in Fürstner's vocal score.   At the end there is also a list of the colour plates, with detailed descriptions of each costume.