Autograph letter in French, signed, to Calve’s friend, mezzo-soprano Blanche Marchesi [c1935]. Bifolium, written on all four sides. Written from Millau, Aveyron, to Blanche in London, the letter begins to her `grand illustrious maistra and friend’, and goes on to thank Blanche for her help, but regrets that she is obliged to give up a proposed concert in London.`I think in fact the young generation does not know me, for it is near 15 years now since I sang in London – my last tour in England with J. Thibaud and Cortot in 1920. So I am discouraged and say goodbye to this dream’. [Together with] Calve’s autobiography MY LlFE



Publisher: New York, Appleton, 1922. First edition
Description: ppiv, 280, 20 b/w photoplates, but lacking the colour frontis. 8vo, cloth gilt, a little shaken and uncut lower edges roughly opened. Else very good. The letter, plus envelope, very good, clearly written in a bold hand

Emma Calve [1853-1942], was the reigning soprano of the Belle Epoque. She toured all Australian capital cities in 1910, to rapturous acclaim. Blanche Marchesi [1863-1940] was the daughter of Mathilde Marchesi, the famous singing teacher of Emma Calve and Nellie Melba. Jacques Thibaud [1880-1953] was a French violinist, and Alfred Cortot [1877-1962] a French-Swiss pianist

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