Les Vendangeurs ou les Deux baillis, divertissement, en un Acte de Vaudeville, ALMANAC —, Pierre-Antoine-Augustin de PIIS, Pierre-Yves BARRÉ.
Les Vendangeurs ou les Deux baillis, divertissement, en un Acte de Vaudeville,
Les Vendangeurs ou les Deux baillis, divertissement, en un Acte de Vaudeville,
Publisher’s gold-blocked white reversed calf

Les Vendangeurs ou les Deux baillis, divertissement, en un Acte de Vaudeville, Paris: [s.n.], 1784.

32mo (binding size 80 x 60 mm). 63, [17] pp. Double rule page borders, typographic headpiece ornament. Calendar, interleaved (marginal tear to calendar half-title). Contemporary case binding of gold-blocked white reversed calf over pasteboards, covers with central vase and bouquet within arabesque border, smooth spine gilt panelled, gilt edges, some rubbing, covers a bit bowed.***


An anonymous pocket edition of a popular “opéra-comique en vaudeville.” Vaudeville referred to theatrical entertainments often using the melodies of popular songs. Piis was one of the “regenerators” of that genre (Nouvelle Biographie Générale); Barré was a well-known chansonnier and prolific author of what might later be called operettas. After the Revolution the two went on to found the Théatre du Vaudeville in Paris. Les Vendangeurs was first performed by the Comédie Italienne on 7 November 1780. Following the libretto is a calendar for 1785. The softly golden white binding made for an inexpensively pretty little book for a lady’s or gentleman’s pocket. OCLC locates a single copy of this edition, at Texas A & M. Cf. Barbier, Dictionnaire des ouvrages anonymes, (4 vols., Paris 1872-89) 4:918 (attributing to “Auguste”).

Item #2689t

Price: $475.00