BEETHOVEN, Ludwig van, 1770-1827
Sonate appassionata (en fa mineur, opus 57)
Edition d’Art H. Piazza. Paris, 
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One the icons of facsimile printing, the 1927 multi-color collotype of the Appassionata. The tipped-in note (also reproduced in this facsimile), by a Mr. Bigot, tells us that Beethoven gave the autograph to the pianist Marie Bigot [1786-1820], who impressed him by playing it at sight (read full account). From her it went in 1852 to the pianist René Paul Baillot [1813-1889], and after his death to the library of the Paris Conservatoire; it is now in the collection of the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, preserved under call number mus. ms. 25529. Although there have been great strides in field of photolithography since its late 19th origin, this particular facsimile still reigns as one of the most impressive facsimiles ever produced—treating the facsimile in a holistic way—recreating the binding, size, condition, marginalia, colors and paper. We know from correspondence of Heinrich Schenker (who purchased a copy of this facsimile for his critical edition published by Universal Edition), that the fine arts publisher Editions d'Art de H. Piazza started the project in 1924. Limited edition of 1000 copies (500 for for France and 500 for the Beethoven Association of New York). Original cloth spine, with paper boards. Extremely rare, with original dust jacket. Price on inquiry.