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Honoré de Balzac Collection


Held at: Princeton University Library: Manuscripts Division [Contact Us]

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Princeton University Library: Manuscripts Division. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in their reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

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Balzac, Honoré de, 1799-1850.

Honoré de Balzac was a celebrated nineteenth-century French novelist and playwright. His magnum opus, a sequence of almost 100 novels and plays collectively entitled La Comédie humaine, presents a panorama of French life in the years after the fall of Napoléon Bonaparte in 1815.

The collection consists mainly of photostats of correspondence between Balzac and his mother, Madame Surville, and the editor Hippolyte Souverain. In addition, there are miscellaneous passages from his books Physiologie du Mariage and L'Album Historique et Anecdote, and photostats of architectural plans and views of the Hotel de Balzac.


Folder Inventory added by Hilde Creager '15 in 2013.

No appraisal information is available.

Manuscripts Division
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Access Restrictions

Open for research/

Use Restrictions

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication 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 RBSC 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.

Collection Inventory

Correspondence of de Balzac with Madame Surville and Hippolyte Souverain, 1828-1850. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Architectural Plans and Views of Hotel de Balzac, undated. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Passages from L'Album Historique et Anecdotique and Physiologie du Mariage, 1827-1829. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

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