L.A.S. " F. Liszt", Rome 15 June 1866, to a friend [Auguste de GASPERINI]; 3 pages and a quarter in-8.
On the edition of The Legend of Saint Francis.
[Auguste de GASPERINI (1825-1868), writer, journalist and music critic, had just published The New Musical Germany. Richard Wagner (Heugel, 1866); he was the editor of the magazine L'Esprit nouveau (1867)].
Gasperini's benevolent letter makes Mr. HEUGEL's commission most agreeable to him: "The Legend of St. Francis was published this winter by the editors of the Gran (four-handed) Mass Rosavögly in Pest, and Dünkl in Vienna. I don't remember whether or not I have signed the certificate of ownership for all countries "... He will find out quickly, and likes to believe that this little affair will be arranged without difficulty. "The fact is that I had long ago given up the idea of having my works published in France, finding that the manners of such and such publishers in Paris did not agree with mine. What has been reprinted of me in Paris in the last fifteen years has been published without my knowledge, at random; and my relations of this kind are confined exclusively to a few German publishers, to whose praise I shall say that their methods of dealing with me have never been at all tudeque or equivocal. Thanks to you, dear Sir, the journey from the Strait of Messina of St. Francis will be able to end ... at the rue Vivienne" ... He thanks "the obliging promise to send me your work on WAGNER" and asks when will appear The New Spirit...