Lot #529
Giuseppe Verdi

Verdi dispatches his assistant to Genoa
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Verdi dispatches his assistant to Genoa

ALS in Italian, signed “G. Verdi,” one page, 5.25 x 8.25, January 2, 1876. Letter concerning the arrival of his Sant'Agata estate manager, Mauro Corticelli, at Piacenza while en route to Genoa. In part (translated): "Tuesday around three in the afternoon Corticelli will pass by Piacenza station to go to Genoa. Since I will not stop at my passage it will be good that you send the cook to the station to understand everything from Corticelli; and you should also put in writing all the conditions granted so that there is nothing more to say. All to be delivered to Corticelli." In very good condition, with light creasing, a stain to the text, semicircular stains to the corners and sides, and a small chip to the right edge.

Accompanied by a photocopy of an article about Verdi's relationship with Corticelli, a former theatrical manager and longtime friend of his wife Giuseppina. Corticelli helped Verdi administer his agricultural estate and attend to other business matters from 1867-1879. Their relationship was often strained due to Corticelli's lackadaisical approach to the budget, constant womanizing, and lack of attention to detail.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Fine Autographs and Artifacts
  • Dates: #580 - Ended April 08, 2020

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