The bookplate of Enrico Caruso (1873 – 1921), the reigning operatic tenor of his day, was engraved by Arthur H. Macdonald after a design by the eighteenth century engraver Hubert F. Gravelot. See: The Bookplates of Arthur Macdonald by Edith Anderson Rights, Montclair Art Museum: 1986, Item No. 71. This red bookplate is, in fact, the second edition. The first was brown. Sold here is a proof impression, signed only in the plate. Sheet 20.5 cm x 25 cm, impression 9.5 cm x 5.2 cm. Condition fine.
Enrico Caruso is generally regarded even today to have been not only one of the greatest tenors — possibly the greatest of all time, but also one of the most phenomenal musical performers ever. Between 1906 and 1920, he sang 36 roles, and performed 600 times at the Metropolitan Opera alone.