Paris, J. N. Barba, 1832.
8vo [209 x 130 mm] of (4) ll., 98 pp., bound as usual without the 2 pp. of commercial advertisement from the bookseller. Dark red quarter morocco, flat spine decorated, untrimmed. Binding signed by Champs, towards 1870.
First edition, “rare and very sought-after” (Clouzot p. 94) of this drama by Alexandre Dumas represented for the first time in Paris at the theatre of Porte Saint-Martin on May 29th 1832.
« Famous play that became rare. » Carteret, I, 314.
Among Alexandre Dumas’ 251 recorded works by the bibliographer M. Clouzot (Guide du bibliophile français, XIXe siècle, Paris, 1996) only 4 bear the mention “highly sought-after”: « Les Trois Mousquetaires »; « Le Comte de Monte-Christo » ; « La Tour de Nesle » ; « Mes Mémoires ».
“Very rare. Copy with wrappers. Sold” we could read on the Bulletin de la Librairie Morgand et Fatout dès 1884 (n°11117).
“Drama in five acts by Alexandre Dumas father (1803-1870) and Frédéric Gaillardet (1808-1882), played in 1832. A legend makes of Nesle’s tower the theater of more than one crime: it is there indeed that Marguerite de Bourgogne, King Louis X’s legitimate wife and her own sisters would have massacre their lovers after a certain love night, that nobody ever witnessed. This legend provided the subject of a drama that interest us, one fo the first romantic theatre after Hernani’s triumph by Victor Hugo in 1830.” (Dictionnaire des Œuvres, VI, p. 454).
A precious wide-margined copy of this literary first edition of the utmost rarity, without foxing, bound by Champs towards 1870.