New York: Holt, Rinehart, 1962. First. hardcover. A Guide to 187 European Comic Operas, Light Operas, Operettas, Opera- Comiques, opera-Bouffes, and Opera Buffas from The Beggars Opera (1728) and La Serva Padrona (1733) to Ivor Novello's King's Rhapsody (1949) - by 81 Composers - with Plot, Production History, Musical Highlights, Critical Evaluations, and Other Relevant Information. Illustrated. 297pp., 8vo, cloth backed boards, d.w. New York: Holt, Rinehart & Wilson, 1962. First edition. A very good copy in a very good (-) dust jacket. very good / very good(-).