La Traviata. Melodramma tragico di F.M. PIAVE posto in musica dal Cavaliere G. VERDI. L'Opera intera per Pianoforte solo (Napoli, Clausetti e C°, ); in-4 oblong, 122 pages, paperback, yellow publisher's cover (very slight stainson the cover).
Extremely rare first edition of the original version of La Traviata, with other scoresby Verdi.
This edition is published in two forms: the parts for unaccompanied singing alone ("per canto") sold for 6 ducati, and the reduction for piano without voice ("per Pianoforte solo") sold for 4 ducati. These two scores, the only ones to give the original version of the opera, are extremely rare. This is the reduction for piano ("riduzione di L. Truzzi"), i.e. without the vocal parts published separately, published at the same time as them, and sharing the same title page and first number ("Preludio"). It contains the vocal lines, and part of the sung text, but integrated into the piano part, instead of appearing on a separate staff. The score is entirely engraved on a double staff, and has 16 numbers, with the 1651-1666 scale. The yellow paper cover announces: "Opera completa"; the title is surrounded by an octagonal border
The Ricordi edition did not appear until 1855, after Verdi had revised the opera for Venice in May 1854 (although Ricordi prepared ten issues in 1853, there