1834 · Vienne
Former owner's signature in ink to head of initial blank: "Vienne, noël 1925 Jacqueline Luxardo." Price struck through in pencil.
Slightly soiled; edges browned and frayed; upper outer corner bumped; title partially detached with slight loss to spine. First Edition (later issue?). Deutsch, p. 353. Hoboken 14, 502. Hirsch IV, 616.
The work exists in two versions; the present edition represents the second which, according to Deutsch, may, in fact, be the work of the publisher. The first version was first published as part of the new complete edition in 2007.
Deutsch explains the strange motto "Notre amitié est invariable" (our friendship is unchangeable) thus: "Only in this [second] version, the final section, from measure 232, is set so that the players' hands cross, a manner of playing that possibly is meant to illustrate and underline the motto ... If the version is by Schubert himself, after all ... the setting could, in connection with the motto, point to Schubert's friendship with his duet partner Josef von Gahy. (Inventory #: 23494)