1709 · Paris
With 5 fine engravings at the head of the Prologue and each of the four acts representing scenes from the opera.
With an 18th century armorial bookplate engraved by [Jan Lodewyk] Krafft (1694-after 1762) to front pastedown.
Binding quite worn; edges darkened; some small cracks and abrasions; joints and hinges split; upper partially detached. Some minor internal wear but an attractive, wide-margined copy overall. Second edition, second issue. LWV 53. Schneider p. 269. Lesure p. 405. RISM L2963.
Atys, to a libretto by Philippe Quinault after Ovid's Fasti, was first performed at court, St Germain-en-Laye, on January 10, 1676.
"Lully's fourth tragedy was known as 'the king's opera'... Atys combines the brilliant use of spectacle and intricately structured divertissements in Lully's earlier operas with more subtly structured recitative dialogues and a new seriousness of dramatic content. Burlesque scenes and subplots are absent for the first time and do not return in subsequent operas. Inward conflict, a prominent feature of the late tragedies Roland and Armide but virtually absent from most of Quinault's other librettos, is present here. Although Atys is not Lully's only opera to end sorrowfully, it is the only one to conclude with unmitigated tragedy." Lois Rosow in Grove Music Online
The publisher's catalogue preceding the title lists the following Lully operas, with individual prices: Proserpine, Atys, Alceste, Phaeton, Roland, Persée, Armide, Amadis, and Thesée (in order of appearance). (Inventory #: 30827)