Theatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro: Ediçao da Photo Musso, 1913. First Edition of this beautiful book, with many fascinating photographs taken by Luis Musso. Bound in decorative red fabric with a raised coat of arms for the city, and titles in gold to front and spine. Fabulously extravagant gold decorated end papers. Printed on high quality paper. Text describes the history of the Theatro Municipal and many Brazilian artists. Original cloth shows sign of wear with bumps to corners and spine. Blank free end paper at front has beginning of a small tear to the top, and verso has neat dedication to top right corner. Book is complete. No foxing or other markings inside. Very good condition. 136 pages. 320 x 250 mm (12½ x 9¾ inches).
Features pictures of the history of the theatre with details including furniture, electrical projects, ventilation and cooling, fire safety, details of Eliseu Visconti's drawings, sculptures by Rodolfo Bernadelli and Verlet, and an autographed photo of the builder Francisco de Oliveira Passos.
Text in Portuguese, by João do Rio (pseudonym of the journalist João Paulo Emílio Cristóvão dos Santos Coelho Barreto) with lateral translation in French.