Berlioz, Hector. (1803 - 1869)
Les Soirees de L'Orchestre, INSCRIBED
Paris: Michel Levy Freres. 1854. Second edition.
8vo. 435 pp. Second, revised edition of this collection of Berlioz's critical essays. Though he had his triumphs in Germany and Russia, the reception of Berlioz's musical works in France never sufficed to support him, and he worked as the musical critic for the Journal des Debats from 1838 to 1863. He was a superb writer and proved to be an important literary figure in additional to his musical eminence. Signed and inscribed by Berlioz on the half title "A Monsieur Juncker, " the German portrait and historical painter, Wilheim Karl Juncker (1820 - 1901). Lower third of spine perished, front cover separated along joint, scattered foxing, but overall a good a copy of a fragile book. Housed in a marble paper covered slipcase.