B0789. GUSTAV KOBBÉ. OPERA SINGERS, A PICTORIAL SOUVENIR, First Edition. New York, Russell, 1901. c.80pp. Handsome Octavo Edition features extensive Biographical Chapters, w.Numerous (many full page) Photos of Nordica, Calvé, Eames, Melba, Sembrich, Schumann-Heink, Albert Saléza, Zélie de Lussan, Johanna Gadski, Lucienne Bréval, Pol Plançon, Milka Terninia, Susan Strong, Antonio Scotti, Ernst van Dyck, Suzanne Adams, David Bispham, Fritzi Scheff, Maurice Grau, Jean & Edouard de Reszké and many others. Very rare, very long out-of-print!
“Kobbé began his literary career as co-editor of the Musical Review. He was on the staff of the New York Sun in 1881, and in 1882 was sent as correspondent to Bayreuth in Bavaria, Germany by the New York World for the first performance of PARSIFAL. He contributed many articles - on music, drama and travel - to the leading American magazines of his day - The Century Magazine, Scribner’s Magazine, The Forum, North American Review, Ladies’ Home Journal, The Delineator, etc. He became music critic of the New York Herald when that newspaper was owned by James Gordon Bennett, remaining with it for eighteen years. He was on the point of completing the book which was afterwards published as THE COMPLETE OPERA BOOK when he was accidentally killed in 1918.”
- Zillah Dorset Akron