The Magnificence of Eszterhaza by Matyas Horanyi

The Magnificence of Eszterhaza by Matyas Horanyi lands on the shelves of my shop, where it will be found in my Architecture section.

London & Budapest: Barrie & Rockliff, 1962, (First Edition) Hardback in dust wrapper.

Contains: Facsimiles; Colour plates [13]; Black & white plates;

From the cover: Like Nonsuch, Eszterhaza, the fabulous palace of the Princes Esterhazy, is known to the world chiefly by tantalising allusions and these, for the most part, in works of musical history, for the Princes Esterhazy were munificent patrons of music and opera in the golden years of Haydn and Mozart.

Its baroque splendours were the fairyland setting for elaborate festivals of music and drama which mounted in the most lavish decor all kinds of works from opera to puppet shows. World premieres of many classics now known the world over were first held at Eszterhaza, and the riches of its entertainment appear in the appendix of performances produced from 1715 to 1810. The text is based upon material in the Esterhazy family archives.

Good in Poor Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with several short tears. Gently bruised at the head, tail and corners of the binding. Pages gently tanned with scattered spotting throughout although plates mostly unaffected.

Pale Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 260 pages. Index. 9¾” x 7″.

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