HUGO (Victor).

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HUGO (Victor).
Le Roi s'amuse. Paris, Librairie d'Eugène Renduel, 1832. In-8, long-grained garnet morocco, wide border drawn by two double gilt fillets and cold roulette, fine gilt roulette with mosaic gilt motif at the corners, smooth spine decorated with a small repeated gilt and mosaic fleuron, inner lace, gilt edges on witnesses, cover and spine, case (Semet & Plumelle).
First edition.
The frontispiece features a vignette by Tony Johannot, woodcut by Andrew, printed on chine appliqué.
The play was first performed on November 22, 1832, but was banned the next day for offending morality. Indignant about this decision, Hugo immediately wrote to denounce this censorship and brought a famous lawsuit against the Comédie-Française.
The plot of the play, featuring a court jester, inspired Verdi in 1851 to create one of his most beautiful operas: Rigoletto.
A very fine copy, impeccably bound by Semet & Plumelle.
It has the introductory leaves as well as the preface printed on wove paper, the rest of the text being printed on laid paper, the paper used for this edition (the Villeboeuf copy is entirely printed on wove paper).
Renduel catalogue for September 1832 bound at the end (20 pages).
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