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Giacomo Puccini

Train of thought: Puccini pens hasty greetings in the midst of travel

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Train of thought: Puccini pens hasty greetings in the midst of travel

Italian composer (1858–1924) who earned a central place in the operatic pantheon with such repertoire staples as La bohème, Madama Butterfly, and Tosca. ALS in Italian signed twice “G. Puccini,” three pages on two different sheets (the first, 4.25 x 7; the second, lightly lined, 5.25 x 8), no date [envelope postmarked March 30, 1896]. As he waits for a train, Puccini hastily pens a letter to Carlo C— at the publisher Ricordi in Milan. In part (translated): “Mr Tito Ricordi travelled in stages. He had a first-class ticket to Rome, then after a short stop he left for Pisa and then for Milan…. I hope they will not spoil my tour in Milan. Will you write to … Guilio or telegraph to him, so that he can agree with what I say? Thank you for the ticket….” After signing, Puccini gets a second wind and continues: “What a kind offer! I sent a telegram to Rossi care of you; have you given it to him? It said: I shall send you a telegram when I leave, giving the arrival time of the W. Guglielmo II [evidently a ship] and now the Eagle. Greetings. The train is leaving now and I must stop….” Puccini then signs a second time with a rapid signature. Accompanied by the original mailing envelope addressed in Puccini’s hand. Intersecting mailing folds (lightly touching signatures) a few minor blots, and mild soiling and handling wear, otherwise fine condition. Auction LOA John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and R&R COA.

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  • Dates: #330 - Ended February 13, 2008