Tannhäuser A Dramatic Poem... Freely Translated in Poetic Narrative Form by T.W. Rolleston Presented by Willy Pogány
by WAGNER, Richard 1813-1883
New York: Brentano's, 1911. Tannhäuser was first performed at the Hoftheater in Dresden on October 19, 1845. Hungarian-born illustrator Willy Pogány (1882-1955) was especially known for his pen and ink drawings illustrating myths and fables. Tannhäuser was one of a "quartet of masterpieces" produced in London: The Rime of the Ancient Mariner (1910), Tannhäuser (1911), Parsifal (1912), and Lohengrin (1913). "Each of these [was] designed and executed completely by Pogány, from the covers and endpapers to the hand-calligraphed text to the pen & ink, pencil, wash, color and tipped-in color plates." Jim Vadeboncoeur, Jr.: "Illustrators," in JVJ Publishing onlineThomas William Hazen Rolleston (1857-1920) was an Irish writer, poet, and translator. In 1911, he wrote Myths and Legends of the Celtic Race to revive what he perceived to be a waning appreciation of Celtic heritage. After a stint in Germany, he also became interested in the mythology behind Wagner's Ring cycle.. Octavo. Half dark blue morocco with blue cloth boards, raised bands on spine in decorative compartments gilt, upper marbled endpapers, upper edge gilt. 1f. (half-title), 1f. (title), 1f. (table of contents),  pp. With numerous illustrations (in black, black and red, and colour) by Willy Pogány throughout, some full-page, some tipped-in; text within decorative red floral borders. Binding slightly worn, rubbed and bumped; spine slightly darkened. Slight browning; some offsetting to blank leaves. (Inventory #: 23116)
Musical Autographs and Manuscripts; Rare Books on Music and Dance; First and Early Editions of Printed Music; Prints, Drawings and Ephemera relating to Music and Dance including Opera and Ballet.
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