Signé; Alexandre Dumas fils / Gavarni, Jules Janin - La Dame aux camélias [avec lettre autographe signée] - 1858
First illustrated edition of the most famous work by Alexandre Dumas fils.
First printing of the 20 out of text woodcut plates by Gavarni.
A prime copy enhanced by a signed handwritten letter by Alexandre Dumas fils. Letter of 3 octavo pages, mounted on a guard opposite the half-title page, dated 16 May 1867. Addressed to the Editor in Chief of Le Figaro, Dumas fils expresses his dissatisfaction with a text about him signed 'Corielle', published in the newspaper.
A very well produced volume with the lovely preserved cover reproduced in Carteret III, 215.
Fine period blue half morocco binding with corners, smooth spine adorned with the author and the title in gilded letters and a lovely gilded embossed motif, thick fillet on the covers, gilded top edge. Uncropped margins. Preserved covers (without the spine).
A very well preserved, fresh, clean and decorative volume. The binding shows some minute imperfections from use, corners of the covers are a bit damaged with restorations. Fresh inside, the lined covers, paper with some foxing, nothing serious. The leaf of pp 137-138 with angular lack, restored. Engravings in excellent condition.
Alexandre Dumas fils' most famous work, La Dame aux camélias, published in 1848, was inspired by his love for the courtesan Marie Duplessis. The work inspired Verdi's opera La traviata. The character has been played by many actresses, from Sarah Bernhardt to Isabelle Huppert, Lillian Gish and Greta Garbo.
Author: [Gavarni] Dumas (Alexandre fils).
Title: La dame aux camélias. Préface de Jules Janin. Édition illustrée par Gavarni.
Edition: Paris, Librairie Moderne / Gustave Havard, publisher, 1858, one thick octavo volume (28 x 18.5 cm) of 396 pages + 20 plates (verified, complete).