COPIES OF LOUIS CHAHUTHe was a Parisian jewellery commissioner and one of the very first bibliophile collectors of Victor Hugo's works. Like Hugo, Chanut had chosen Aglaüs Bouvenne to create and engrave his ex-libris. His name was hidden in the form of a rebus (a cat and the Greek letter nude) leaving the central place to Victor Hugo. Each copy bears this signed Hugolian ex-libris in the Aglaüs Bouvenne plate. Chanut donated his collection of drawings, portraits and bronzes to the Victor Hugo house, which exhibited them at its inauguration in 1903.
Reference: MEYER-NOIREL - Répertoire des ex-libris français, Tome IV, p. 127 and 225.
Brussels, E. Laurent, 1834. Geneva, New York, Stemvers, 1853. Geneva, New-York, 1853. 70 x 112, 80 x 120 and 79 x 121 mm, 572, 284 and 392 pp. Brown half-basane, spine ribbed and richly decorated with boxes and fleurons, gilt head, only one cover preserved (Napoleon Petit).