Set of two books with autographs signed to "Cosette".
Represented for the first time at the French Theatre on November 21, 1893.
SIGNED AUTOGRAPH CONSIGNMENT of Paul Meurice versus signed by Auguste Vacquerie:
- Benvenuto Cellini
The first volume of Paul Meurice's theatre, is a revival of the author's very first play performed for the first time in Paris, at the Théâtre de la Porte-Saint-Martin, on 1 April 1852 to music by Adolphe De Groot.
SIGNED AUTOGRAPH CONSIGNMENT of Paul Meurice:
"to my dear Cosette
Both works bear the manuscript exlibris of Cécile Daubray: "Mlle Daubray, rue du Temple n°38" and were bound in full percaline with floral motifs by Pierson.
Cécile Daubray, Paul Meurice and Auguste Vacquerie: Victor Hugo's friends
Young poets admirers of Victor Hugo and fellow students at the Collège Charlemagne (Paris 4ème), Paul Meurice and Auguste Vacquerie, 18 years old, met the author of the Misérables in 1836. The three men formed an intimate bond.
Charles Vacquerie, Auguste's brother, married Léopoldine Hugo, the poet's daughter, in the spring of 1843. This union came to a tragic end when a few weeks later, on September 4, 1843, they drowned together in a boat accident.
In 1848, Hugo founded the Journal The Event and offers Paul Meurice the position of editor-in-chief. During Victor Hugo's twenty years of exile, Meurice will take care of the financial and literary interests of the banned writer. He adapts for the theatre Notre-Dame de Paris, Ninety-three and of course Les Misérables at the Théâtre de la Porte Saint-Martin in the spring of 1878 with the very young Cécile Daubray (1871-1954) in the role of Cosette.
When Victor Hugo died in 1885, Meurice and Vacquerie were appointed executors. Meurice founds the House of Victor Hugo in Paris in 1902 and took care of the arrangement of the poet's posthumous collections with the help of Gustave Simon and Cécile Daubray who became his secretary. Cécile Daubray was also the author of Victor Hugo and his correspondents published in 1946 and which received the Albéric Rocheron Prize from the Académie Française.