AMES AND ROLLINSON, designers and illuminators

Presentation booklets for HEINRICH CONRIED
In German and English, two volumes, illuminated manuscripts on paper and parchment
New York City, 1898 and 1908

These extensively autographed and illuminated presentation booklets were given to Heinrich Conried (1855-1909), prominent in the New York music world. The first in 1898 signals his twenty-five years as Director of the Germania Theatre in New York, the second in 1908 his retirement as Director of the Metropolitan Opera. The second volume includes illuminations of Parsifal’s grail and Salome’s veil to celebrate two productions that distinguished his career. Both were performed for the first time in New York under Conried’s leadership, and Salome, cancelled after its opening, was not performed again until 1934.

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