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Le Bâtard de Mauléon

Agenor de Mauléon; The half brothers; The head and the hand; The Iron Hand

roman/novel, pub:1846-1847, action:1361-1369

Serialized in Commerce. Drawn from chronicle by Froissard. Written with Auguste Maquet.

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    "Thou! Thou!" she murmured.
    Dumas in Arab dress
    The knight appeared upon the threshold

From A Bibliography of Alexandre Dumas père by Frank Wild Reed:
     Again a romance written in collaboration with Auguste Maquet, indeed the last portion is usually considered to have been finished by this latter alone. Certainly it may be admitted that the end is weak, especially the historically powerful scene of the death of Pedro the Cruel at the hands of Henry of Trastamara. None the less there are some splendid chapters, and Aissa, Agénor and Musaron are fine and worthy additions to Dumas' gallery.
     This story concerns the campaign of Du Guesclin in Spain, when the Black Prince interfered in the dispute between the half-brothers, Pedro and Henry. The period is 1361-69.
     Dumas states that he describes the favourite dog of Don Frederick from one of his own. The honour was apparently not appreciated, for the animal turned on its master (Dumas) one day when being chastised for wantonly destroying flowers in the garden of the Villa Médicis, and severely bit his hand, making work very difficult for the writer for some time.
     It first ran as a serial through the pages of "Le Commerce" (according to Quérard, Parran and Glinel, though Dumas, in his preface to Grisier's "Armes et le Duel,"; says in "L'Espagnol").
     Original edition : Paris, Cadot, 9 vols., 8vo. 1846. The concluding volume was completed with "Guillaume Tell," which is probably a reprint of the chapters devoted to this hero in the "Impressions de Voyage : en Suisse."
     Vol. I.pp. 303    Vol. VI.pp. 269
     Vol. II.pp. 304    Vol. VII.pp. 304
     Vol. III.pp. 304    Vol. VIII.pp. 308
     Vol. IV.pp. 304    Vol. IX.pp. 319
     Vol. V.pp. 320  
     In the standard Calmann-Lévy edition it occupies three volumes, and one in the same firm's "Musée Littéraire."
     Le Vasseur's "Alexandre Dumas Illustré" gives it place in Vol. VIII.

         References :—
     Dumas: "Mes Bêtes," Chapters XXX. and XXXI.
     Simon (Gustave): "Histoire d'une Collaboration : Dumas et Maquet."
     Parran: "Bibliographie d'Alexandre Dumas," page 55.
     Quérard: "Supercheries Littéraires Dévoilées," Vol. I., Column 1114.
     Froissart: "Chroniques."
     Glinel: "Alexandre Dumas et Son Œuvre," pp. 398-99.
     Mérimée (Prosper): "Histoire de Don Pedro I., Roi de Castille." 1848.
     Storer (Edward): "Peter the Cruel;" London, Lane, 1911.

         Principal English Translations :—
     "The Bastard of Mauleon;" London, Appleyard, royal 8vo., 1848. This edition was not complete. At the conclusion of Chapter XLV, appeared a, note to the effect that whenever the author continued the work the translation would be resumed. We know that the first six volumes were issued before the remainder (refer to Quérard), and this is just about where the translation broke off, supposing the same chapter divisions to have been retained, later completed and so found in volume form.
     "The Bastard of Mauleon;" London, Lea, with 24 engravings, 18—. Sub-title: "An historical romance of the times of Don Pedro and the Moors of Spain."
     "The Half Brothers;" translated by L. Lawford; London, Routledge, 12mo., pp. 460, 1858. This edition was reprinted a number of times.
     "The Iron Hand;" Philadelphia, Peterson Bros. Reprint of Appleyard's edition.
     "The Bastard of Mauleon;" London. Dicks, illustrated by F. Gilbert, sewed, 1891.
     "Agénor de Mauléon;" London, Dent, cr. 8vo., illustrated. 2 vols., 1897. Reprinted, same firm. 1907 and 1927.

From A Bibliography of Alexandre Dumas père by Frank Wild Reed:
     CHANT D'AISSA. (CXLVII.) Chapter V., six four-line stanzas, rhyming a, b, a, b.
     CHANT D'AISSA. (CXLVIII.) Chapter XVI., seven five-line stanzas, rhyming a, b, a, a, b

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