Librettist W.S. Gilbert and composer Sir Arthur Sullivan are best known for their fantastical operettas including Iolanthe, The Pirates of Penzance and, of course, The Mikado. The operetta, first performed in 1885, went on to be Gilbert and Sullivan's longest running collaboration, with over 627 consecutive performances at their resident Savoy Theatre.
The Mikado - A year before the action of this opera begins, Nanki-Poo, son of the Mikado of Japan, fled his father's imperial court to escape marriage with Katisha, an elderly lady. Disguised as a traveling musician, he met and fell in love with Yum-Yum, the young ward of Ko-Ko, a cheap tailor in the town of Titipu. Yum-Yum, however, was already betrothed to her guardian, and Nanki-Poo left Titipu in despair.
The booklet is heavily water-damaged, which effects the cover, some of the immediate inside pages, also causing bubbling and perforation, as well as discolouration to the covers. The edge of the pages are speckled. However, the ink on the pages is unaffected - both musical and written text; the binding is strong. There is a stamped signature of Arthur Sullivan on the inside page.