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Puccini, Giacomo
TWO AUTOGRAPH LETTERS SIGNED (“GPUCCINI”), TO THE JOURNALIST AND WRITER EUGENIO CHECCHI, 10 NOVEMBER 1897
1) Puccini reminds Checchi that [when he was studying in Milan] he was accompanied by his brother Michele, who died a few years ago in South America, and a cousin who, all together, shared his monthly income of 100 lire, referring to a "famous libretto", telling him that his stepdaughter Fosca is in Florence, and sending him the greetings of his wife Elvira and (jokingly) of himself (“...e io disprezzando sempre più il collega cleptomane ti invio un saluto affettuoso...”), 2 pages, 12mo, printed stationery, autograph envelope, stamp, Torre de Lago 10 November 1897--2) Puccini informs Checchi that he is in Rome, although not chasing women (“...senza intenzioni erotiche...”) and would like to see him, confiding that he has sent him two woodcocks, the last trophies of this year’s hunting, which he dedicates to him, explaining that he does not know how long he will be in Rome and that Ricordi is coming to see him (“...ma lui sempre con intenzioni…”),  1 page, 4to (c.26 x 21cm), [Rome], no date
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Eugenio Checchi (1838-1932) worked for the Roman daily Il Giornale d’Italia and in December 1897 wrote an article on Puccini in the journal Nuova Antologia. According to Puccini himself, he also contributed some lines to the Act 3 duet in Tosca.

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