HUGO (Victor).

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HUGO (Victor).
Lucrèce Borgia. Paris, Eugène Renduel, 1833. In-8, red half-maroquin with corners, smooth spine decorated, untrimmed, cover (Binding of the first half of the 20th century).
First edition of one of Victor Hugo's most famous dramas.
Lucrèce Borgia was staged at the Porte-Saint-Martin theatre on February 2, 1833, with Mlle George in the title role and Frédérick Lemaître as Gennaro. Mlle Juliette [Drouet], who made her first appearance in a play by Hugo, played the Princess Negroni, a small role in which she shone.
The play was a triumph. It is reported that on the evening of the premiere, the audience, in delirium, cheered Hugo as he left the theatre, unhitched the horses of his carriage and escorted him on foot, singing, to his home in the Place Royale.
The beautiful frontispiece is adorned with a lovely vignette engraved in etching by Célestin Nanteuil, on chine collé.
A very fine copy, with all margins and cover in good condition, nicely bound in Mercier's taste.
It contains the extremely rare etching engraved by Célestin Nanteuil for act III, representing the Salle du festin of the Negroni palace, and the Renduel catalogue (8 pages).
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