Izdanie P. G. Rutskago. Riga. Tipografiia L. Blankenshteina … 1893.
8vo (213 × 135 mm), pp. 276, [v]–xiii, ; page number on p. 211 trimmed, printing flaw to pp. 215 and 219 from a crease in the sheet when in the press, short tear to p. xii; occasional light foxing; neat paper repairs to pp. 17, 67, and 112/113, slight cracking to book block in places; ink inscription (dated 1920) to title; old half cloth by V. Yudin in Riga (binder’s stamp to front pastedown), rubbed.
First edition, very rare. Cheshikhin (1865–1934) was a leading scholar of Russian opera. Here he presents synopses for 100 operas, by Arensky, Auber, Beethoven, Bellini, Berlioz, Bizet, Boieldieu, Boito, Borodin, Brüll, Cherubini, Cui, Dargomyzhsky, Donizetti, Dütsch, Flotow, Glinka, Gluck, Goldmark, Gounod, Halévy, Hérold, Leoncavallo, Lortzing, Marschner, Mascagni, Massenet, Meyerbeer, Moniuszko, Mozart, Mussorgsky, Nápravník, Nicolai, Ponchielli, Rimsky-Korsakov, Rossini, Rubinstein, Serov, Valentina Serova, Spohr, Spontini, Tchaikovsky, Thomas, Verdi, Verstovsky, Wagner, and Weber.
WorldCat lists a 1915 edition (150 operas), but not this earlier version.