Caricatures by Enrico Caruso (New Edition with the Approval of the Artist)
by Roversi, Luigi
New York: La Follia di New York, 1914. Inscribed by Caruso. Hardcover. INSCRIBED by Caruso. Covers rubbed, somewhat soiled, and with bumps/fraying to corners. Pages brittle; pages age-toned at very outer edges. Some pages have small edge tears or chips; the "title page" for Part VI has pencil scribbling all over (likely by a child); and several pages have large tears and/or pieces torn or tearing from top margins - these pages mostly are in a section from pages 49 - 80 (a few pages of Sketches of Some Operas and some pages from Transformations and Evolutions). The illustrations affected are on the outer/upper top corners of each page. Other illustrations are in good/good+ condition.. Original edition bound into green library buckram. Original stiff wrap covers NOT included. Gilt lettering on spine. 184 pp. (pp. 11-184 each with one or more bw illustrations) followed by 10 pp. announcements and advertisements. Wonderfully entertaining caricatures of renowned people, all drawn by Caruso himself. The categories include Autocaricatures (Self-Caricatures) of Signor Enrico Caruso (13); Composers, Conductors, Musicians, Writers, Etc.; Sketches of Some Operas; Transformations and Evolutions; Theatrical, Musical, and Other Celebrities; and Rulers of the World, American Statesmen, Etc. With a preface by Luigi Roversi and a "frontis" caricature of Marziale Sisca, publisher (La Follia di New York). The inscription, written on the title page for Part I, reads, "To Miss Josephine Vila Sincerely Enrico Caruso New York 1917" Josephine Vila was a lyricist, author, and an executive with the Musical Courier (a weekly journal devoted to music and the music trades). Scarce early edition; even more rare inscribed by Caruso.
(Inventory #: 154615)
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