Alexandre Dumas

Dumas, Alexandre

French writer (1802-1870). 2 autograph letters signed. No place or date. 8vo. Together 2 pp. on 2 bifolia. With autograph addresses.
$ 2,823 / 2.500 € (86089/BN56816)

To Monsieur Bardel about a 500 Franc banknote he has kept for 7 months to pay for his services, proposing a division of the sum between the two of them: "J'ai un Billet parfaitement Bon à 7 mois - 500 f - pour vous puisque vous m'avez offert vos services. Me le faire negocier - vous garderez 150 f et vous me donnerez le reste [...]". On mourning paper. - To the chansonnier Pierre Dupont (1821-70) inviting him to give a performance on 4 October: "Faites donc avec votre belle voix dont vous faites tant de Choses une bonne action celui qui vous enprie est votre admirateur devoué [...] cette representation est pour vendredi 4 octobre prochain ce que vous devez avoir l'obligeance de chanter est fixée à 8 heures".

On headed stationery of the Théâtre Historique. - With former collector's numbers 109 and 110 in pencil. The letter to Bardel with handwritten attribution to Dumas by a former collector. Traces of former mounting on reverse. Slightly creased. A blank sheet with traces of two stamps is loosely enclosed..

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Dumas, Alexandre

French writer (1802-1870). Autograph manuscript (fragment). No place. Folio (ca. 280 x 432 mm). 2¼ pp. on bifolium.
$ 5,081 / 4.500 € (83061/BN54495)

A scene from the play "Lorenzino", which premiered at the Théâtre-Français on 24 February 1842. The subject is the same as in Alfred de Musset and George Sand's 1834 drama "Lorenzaccio": the assassination of the tyrant of Florence, Duke Alexander, by his cousin and favourite Lorenzo de' Medici. This double-page draft gives a variant of Act II, Scene IV, between Michele and Lorenzino. The first page is in prose: Michele is going to perform a scene from the tragedy of Brutus composed by Lorenzino, playing the role of Brutus, and asks Lorenzino to give him the reply, in the role of Caesar.

The continuation is in verse, between Brutus and Caesar, until Brutus's reply: "Non Cesar est un Dieu" ("No Caesar is a God"). - Some erasures and corrections; note on the content in pencil near upper margin. Small puncture in the centre; margins slightly creased. Folded..

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