DUMAS (Alexandre).

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DUMAS (Alexandre).
Charles VII at his great vassals. Tragedy in five acts. Paris, published by Charles Lemesle, sold at Ve Charles-Béchet, Werdet, Lecointe et Pougin, Riga et Barba, 1831. In-8, red half-maroquin with corners, smooth spine decorated, gilt head, untrimmed, cover (Aussourd).
First edition.
Signed letter from Dumas on the false title: À Madame de La Garenne, hommage et souvenirs, Alex. Dumas [Charles VII chez ses grands vassaux] begun in Trouville on July 10, finished on August 7.
The play was premiered on October 20, 1831 at the Odéon royal theatre. Dumas composed it in the space of two months - at the rate of one hundred verses per day, he says in his memoirs - during the summer of 1831 in Trouville, where he had retired.
It was there, in the Norman inn of the Oseraie mother, where he was staying, that he met Madame de La Garenne. Here is what he wrote in his memoirs: "However lost Trouville was, a few bathers from Normandy, Vendée or Brittany came there. Among them was a charming woman accompanied by her husband and son; all I remember about her is her name and her face: it was a graceful and pleasant physiognomy, with a slight tinge of aristocracy; she was called Madame de la Garenne. From the day of her arrival, and when she knew that I lived in the hotel, she frankly addressed the question of the neighbourhood by sending me her album. I had just finished the great scene of the third act between the Count of Savoisy and Charles VII; I copied it to her hot from my delivery.
A copy bound in pamphlet, untrimmed, with the printed yellow cover preserved. It contains an erratum for p. 40 (bound at the end of the volume).
Some light foxing.
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