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Debussy, Claude
LA DAMOISELLE ÉLUE...PARTITION CHANT ET PIANO RÉDUITE PAR L'AUTEUR, [VOCAL SCORE], PARIS, LIBRAIRIE DE L'ART INDÉPENDANT, 1893, SIGNED AND INSCRIBED BY DEBUSSY TO HIS INTENDED, CATHERINE STEVENS
Estimate
1,8002,000
LOT SOLD. 3,875 GBP
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Debussy, Claude
LA DAMOISELLE ÉLUE...PARTITION CHANT ET PIANO RÉDUITE PAR L'AUTEUR, [VOCAL SCORE], PARIS, LIBRAIRIE DE L'ART INDÉPENDANT, 1893, SIGNED AND INSCRIBED BY DEBUSSY TO HIS INTENDED, CATHERINE STEVENS
Estimate
1,8002,000
LOT SOLD. 3,875 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

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Debussy, Claude
LA DAMOISELLE ÉLUE...PARTITION CHANT ET PIANO RÉDUITE PAR L'AUTEUR, [VOCAL SCORE], PARIS, LIBRAIRIE DE L'ART INDÉPENDANT, 1893, SIGNED AND INSCRIBED BY DEBUSSY TO HIS INTENDED, CATHERINE STEVENS
on the half-title: "à Mademoiselle Catherine Stevens pour qu'elle n'abandonne pas la musique, ClaudeDebussy, Aout 93"

FIRST EDITION, no.51 of 160 copies (sur vélin blanc), folio (c.36.5 x 24cm), title in green and black, chromolithographed front wrapper by Maurice Denis with Debussy's monogramme (ACD), damp-staining to top margin, dust-marking to wrappers, binding weak and backstrip defective 


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Catalogue Note

Rare.  Only one copy in UK libraries: the British Library, but not inscribed. The Morgan Library and Museum has a deluxe copy inscribed to Dukas with the same date.  The dedicatee,  Catherine Stevens (1865-1942), was effectively Debussy's "damoiselle élue" or "chosen one", in that he proposed marriage to her at around this time.  Debussy also dedicated his autograph manuscript of "En sourdine" (from the first set of Fêtes galantes) to her in 1892.  She was the daughter of the Belgian painter Alfred Stevens and well-known in artistic circles.  

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