PRESENTING a FABULOUS First Edition Book, namely, The Rhinegold and The Valkyrie Illustrated by A Rackham First Edition.

The Rhinegold & The Valkyrie by Richard Wagner with Illustrations by Arthur Rackham.

Translated by Margaret Armour.

Published in London by William Heinemann and in New York by Doubleday-Pace & Co in 1910.

Contains 34 illustrations by Rackham.

The Ring of The Niblung.

Good to fair condition. The blue cloth cover and gold leaf lettering is still fairly sharp despite some fading with age. Same with the lettering on the spine. Some fraying on the edges. Some minor foxing but not significant. Some pages loose or torn from the spine but still intact.

Has a couple of additional ‘original’ extras from the original owner(s)….. it has some dried flowers inside the cover and with one of the interior illustrations. Has the original gift card where it was presented by the “Hay Family’ and it has a Western Union Telegraph Sheet.


Das Rheingold (pronunciation (help·info)The Rhinegold), WWV 86A, is the first of the four music dramas that constitute Richard Wagner‘s Der Ring des Nibelungen, (English: The Ring of the Nibelung). It was performed, as a single opera, at the National Theatre Munich on 22 September 1869, and received its first performance as part of the Ring cycle at the Bayreuth Festspielhaus, on 13 August 1876.

Wagner wrote the Ring librettos in reverse order, so that Das Rheingold was the last of the texts to be written; it was, however, the first to be set to music. The score was completed in 1854, but Wagner was unwilling to sanction its performance until the whole cycle was complete; he worked intermittently on this music until 1874. The 1869 Munich premiere of Das Rheingold was staged, much against Wagner’s wishes, on the orders of his patron, King Ludwig II of Bavaria. Following its 1876 Bayreuth premiere, the Ring cycle was introduced into the worldwide repertory, with performances in all the main opera houses, in which it has remained a regular and popular fixture.

In his 1851 essay Opera and Drama, Wagner had set out new principles as to how music dramas should be constructed, under which the conventional forms of opera (arias, ensembles, choruses) were rejected. Rather than providing word-settings, the music would interpret the text emotionally, reflecting the feelings and moods behind the work, by using a system of recurring leitmotifs to represent people, ideas and situations. Das Rheingold was Wagner’s first work that adopted these principles, and his most rigid adherence to them, despite a few deviations – the Rhinemaidens frequently sing in ensemble.

As the “preliminary evening” within the cycle, Das Rheingold gives the background to the events that drive the main dramas of the cycle. It recounts Alberich‘s theft of the Rhine gold after his renunciation of love; his fashioning of the all-powerful ring from the gold and his enslavement of the NibelungsWotan‘s seizure of the gold and the ring, to pay his debt to the giants who have built his fortress Valhalla; Alberich’s curse on the ring and its possessors; Erda‘s warning to Wotan to forsake the ring; the early manifestation of the curse’s power after Wotan yields the ring to the giants; and the gods’ uneasy entry into Valhalla, under the shadow of their impending doom.


The Rhinegold and The Valkyrie Illustrated by A Rackham First Edition.

Provenance: From a Prominent Dallas Estate.

Condition: Good to fair. See full listing.

Dimensions: 10 in Tall, 7.5 in Wide and 1.75 in Deep

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