May 22, 2014 - Sale 2351

Sale 2351 - Lot 182

Price Realized: $ 4,500
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 2,000 - $ 3,000
TO HIS LIBRETTIST VERDI, GIUSEPPE. Autograph Letter Signed, "GVerdi," to his librettist Antonio Ghislanzoni ("Dear Ghislanzoni"), in Italian, stating that learning about his life has made him happy, wanting more information about his exciting project, looking forward to finding something to applaud, thanking him for the subscription to his publication, Capriccio, complaining of poor eyesight, adding that his wife is also not well, and wishing him health. 2 1/4 pages, 8vo, written on a folded sheet; small collector's ink stamp ("H. Prior") on pages 1, 3, and 4 (not affecting text), faint marginal discoloration from prior matting, remnants of prior mounting at upper edge of terminal page. Genoa, 26 December 1877

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". . . I am delighted to know that you are working full steam ahead, but you should have told me more about the exciting project you are working on. I, on the other hand, am not doing anything; really nothing. I am just happy to look out the window, but I can't wait for the moment when something exciting will happen . . . . I think I would feel much better if I could shout 'Bravo!'.
"I receive your publication, Capriccio, regularly, and I thank you very much for it. . . . I wish you health, health, health, and I hope you can survive in this wretched world without developing an ulcer."