MM. de Saint-Georges et Mazilier. La Gypsy : Ballet Pantomime en trois actes et en cinq tableaux

(Paris): D. Jonas, Libraire de L’Opera, 1839.  First edition.  Octavo.  40 pages.  Mazilier’s first ballet La Gipsy, which was inspired by Miguel de Cervantes’s Novelas ejemplares and starred Fanny Elssler as Sarah, the eponymous heroine. La Gipsy was an unanimous success and proved Mazilier’s choreographic talent as well as Saint-Georges’s understanding of the medium.  Essler was an Austrian ballerina who was made famous by her performance of the cracovienne, a Polish folk dance in this production.  This is a good copy in sewn printed wrappers.  Stitching a little loose, wrappers, worn and split at spine.


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