Lohengrin: The Story of Wagner's Opera, a children's book by Robert Lawrence and Alexandre Serebriakoff. 1938 first edition.


Composed by Richard Wagner. Adapted by Robert Lawrence. Illustrated by Alexandre Serebriakoff. First edition, 1938. Authorized edition of The Metropolitan Opera Guild, Inc. Silver Burdett Company.

The Time and Place

"The action of 'Lohengrin' takes place in Brabant during the tenth century. Today, Brabant is part of Belgium. In olden times, it was ruled by dukes who swore allegiance to the King of Germany."

About the Author

"Wagner wrote the text as well as the music of his operas. He was particularly interested in tales that deal with gods or heroes. The dark legends of the Middle Ages - black magic, villainy and bloodshed - found their way into 'Lohengrin' along with the noble story of the Holy Grail. ..."

Act One

"Ortrud steps forward. Dressed in magnificent robes and jewels, she strides haughtily to the foot of the throne and bows before the king. With this proud woman standing beside him, Telramund brings his story to an impassioned climax.

"I hereby accuse Elsa of her brother's murder," he declares. "This province I claim for my own. ..."

Alexandre Serebriakof (1907 - 1995) was a Russian-born French artist, specializing in watercolor and interior portraiture, who captured the elegance of high society's private spaces. After emigrating to Paris, he began a successful career as an interior decorator and watercolorist, often collaborating with his sister, Catherine. His works provide a meticulous record of the grandeur of French high society during the mid-20th century, including commissions for prominent figures such as the Duke and Duchess of Windsor and the Rothschilds.

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Condition: Very Good. Lacks dust jacket, as issued. Gray cloth cover boards with illustrated paste-down: Light shelf wear; small faint spot on the back; lightly bumped at corners and head and tail of the spine. Gift inscription on front flyleaf, 12/25/39. Pages are clean, undamaged, and complete.

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