Taglioni, Marie. (1804-1884)

"I am sorry I cannot tell you immediately when I will come to Munich." - Signed Letter to August von Frays

Signed letter from the most famous Italian ballerina of the Romantic ballet era, a central figure in the history of European dance, about a planned guest performance at the court theater in Munich. 1 p. (3rd page of bifolium), dated Blevio [Lombardy], 9 March 1847. In German, the body of the letter composed in a secretarial hand, with autograph signature "Marie Taglioni" from the dancer herself.  In part: "I hasten to report to you than I accept your offer of sharing the revenue... I am sorry I cannot tell you immediately when I will come to Munich; I have to wait for a few letters, which hopefully will not be delayed much longer. Once I have received them, I will tell you immediately the time period during which I can visit Munich." Unsigned draft of answer in an unknown hand on p. 1 of the same bifolium, in German, dated 22 March 1847. Taglioni is asked to come to Munich before the royal court will leave the city in early May. Top outer corner bent; usual horizontal creases; otherwise fine. 8vo.

This letter is from Taglioni's final season as a dancer; she retired in 1847. August Frays (1790–1863; from 1817 "von Frays") was the Intendant of the Munich court theater from 1844 to 1851.

For a follow-up to this letter, see Taglioni's letter of 31 March 1847, no. 19544 in this catalogue. (19543)