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Alexandre Dumas Proofs
Manuscripts Division
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circa 1874
0.2 linear feet and 1 half manuscript box
Storage Note:
Firestone Library (scamss): Box B-001756
Materials are in French.


Consists of hand-corrected proofs of Alexandre Dumas père's 1854 play, La Jeunesse de Louis XIV, as revised by Alexandre Dumas fils, circa 1874. Written by Dumas père while he was in exile in Belgium, the play was rejected by censors in Paris. Although it was published in the Michel Lévy's edition of Dumas père's Théâtre Complet, the play had only been performed in Brussels, Belgium. This version by Dumas fils contains rewrites, additions, and cuts throughout, and was performed in Paris in 1874.

Collection Description & Creator Information


Consists of hand-corrected proofs of Alexandre Dumas père's play, La Jeunesse de Louis XIV, comédie en 5 actes. The proofs are pages of the printed text of Théâtre Complet D'Alex Dumas by Michel Lévy pasted onto paper, with extensive annotations and additions made by Alexandre Dumas fils for a separate edition published in 1874. The revisions include large cuts, rewrites, new passages, and a different structure. Although the play was performed and published in 1854 in Brussels, it wasn't until Dumas fils' revised version that the play was performed in Paris.

Collection Creator Biography:


Alexandre Dumas, also known as Alexandre Dumas père, was a French writer. Prolific in several genres, Dumas began his career by writing plays. After the election of Louis-Napoléon Bonaparte in 1851, Dumas fell from favour and left France for Belgium, where he stayed for several years before moving to Russia and then Italy. He returned to Paris in 1864.


Alexandre Dumas fils was a French author and playwright. He was the son of Alexandre Dumas père, who was also a well-known playwright and author. Dumas fils' work dominated the serious French stage for most of the second half of the 19th century.

Collection History


Purchased from Bernard Quaritch Ltd in 2020 (AM 2021-23).

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Amy C. Vo in December 2021. Finding aid written by Amy C. Vo in December 2021.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. No further duplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to Special Collections Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Credit this material:

Alexandre Dumas Proofs; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Storage Note:
Firestone Library (scamss): Box B-001756