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Organizational History

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Sources:

Description of Series

Series I. Correspondence, 1894-1954(bulk 1900-1946)

Series II. Works by Authors 1907-1939

Series III. Business Records, 1909-1932

University of Texas, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

Librairie Dorbon-aîné:

An Inventory of Its Records in the Carlton Lake Collection at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center



Creator: Librairie Dorbon-aîné
Title: Librairie Dorbon-aîné Records
Dates: 1894-1954
Abstract: The records chronicle the work of Louis Dorbon's bookselling firm, which began in 1900, through manuscripts and proofs of works published by Librairie Dorbon-aîné. Business records and correspondence add additional information about the 20th century French publishing firm.
RLIN Record #: TXRC06-A15
Extent: 13 boxes (5.46 linear feet)
Languages: Material written in English and French.
Note: We gratefully acknowledge the assistance of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, which provided funds for the processing and cataloging of this collection.
Repository: The University of Texas at Austin, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

Organizational History

Founded in 1900 by Louis Dorbon, Librairie Dorbon-aîné entered the bookselling trade with a remarkable initial stock of 400,000 volumes. As both a publisher and a bookseller, Librairie Dorbon-aîné contributed numerous influential works to the early 20th century French literary scene. Louis Dorbon chose the name Dorbon-aîné to differentiate himself from his younger brother, Lucien Dorbon, who entered the bookselling business about one year after Louis opened his Librairie.

The first works published by Librairie Dorbon-aîné were the serial publications of Petits Mémoires de Paris containing etchings by Henri Boutlet and two works by Robida titled les Vieilles Villes des Flandres and Vieilles Villes du Rhin. Librairie Dorbon-aîné thrived publishing the works of authors such as Xavier Marcel Boulestin, Maurice Des Ombiaux, Claude Farrère, Camille Saint-Saëns, and René Boylesve. Works by Jules Lemaître, Claude Debussy, Francis de Miomandre, and comtesse de Noailles were also published by Dorbon-aîné.

Although Louis Dorbon described the founding of Librairie Dorbon-aîné in 1900 in his article La Librairie Dorbon-aîné, the date Librairie Dorbon-aîné actually closed is not documented. The firm actively published books between 1900 and 1939. One of the latest, if not last, books published by the Librairie was available in 1949. Beyond 1949 no accurate record exists detailing the closure of Librairie Dorbon-aîné.

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Scope and Contents

Correspondence, handwritten and typed manuscripts, proofs of creative works, music manuscripts, printed material, and financial, legal and publicity records document the work of bookseller and publisher Librairie Dorbon-aîné. The records are arranged in three series: I. Correspondence, 1894-1954 (5 boxes), II. Works by Authors, 1907-1939 (7.5 boxes), and III. Business Records, 1909-1932 (0.5 boxes). All materials within series are arranged alphabetically by author and/or title except as noted below.

The bulk of the collection is comprised of Series II. Works by Authors, which contains manuscripts of authors published by Librairie Dorbon-aîné. Among the influential authors represented in these records are Xavier Marcel Boulestin, Maurice Des Ombiaux, Claude Farrère, Camille Saint-Saëns, René Boylesve, Lemaître, Claude Debussy, Francis de Miomandre, and comtesse de Noailles. All stages of the publication process, as evidenced by the presence of original manuscripts, proofs with corrections, and final proofs, are well documented within the Librairie Dorbon-aîné records for some works such as Aspects sentimentaux du front Anglais (1917) and L'Amphitryon d'aujourd'hui: Introduction à la vie gourmande (1936). Some unpublished works for musical projects are also included in Series II. For example, two projects concerning Schumann and Beethoven styled after Trois Manuscript par Chopin were created but never published. Most of the music manuscripts from Caplet, Schmitt, Roger-Ducasse, and Debussy were acquired for a deluxe illustrated album on contemporary French music that was envisioned but never produced. Also present within Series II. are proofs of an unpublished article detailing the founding of Librairie Dorbon-aîné by Louis Dorbon and a few pieces of correspondence from Marc Pincherle, an associate of Librairie Dorbon-aîné.

Series I. Correspondence is subdivided into letters written and received by the firm and a small group of personal correspondence received by Louis Dorbon. This series documents the firm's business with authors and other publishers. Notable correspondents include Maurice Darantière, Xavier Marcel Boulestin, and Ernest Benn Ltd..

Series III. constitutes the smallest portion of the papers but provides crucial information about the internal workings of the Librairie. Included in this series are original designs for the Librairie Dorbon-aîné logo and a dossier of subscription requests for Dorbon-aîné's elite book club, Les bibliophiles fantaisistes.

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Restrictions

Access:

Open for research

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Index Terms

Correspondents
Boulestin, X. Marcel (Xavier Marcel), 1878-1943.
Darantière, Maurice.
Ernest Benn Ltd.
Farrère, Claude, 1876-1957.
Guitry, Sacha, 1885-1957.
Noailles, Anna Elisabeth de Brancovan, comtesse de, 1876-1933.
Pincherle, Marc, 1888-1974.
Subjects
Publishers and publishing--France.
Modernism (Literature)--United States.
Booksellers and bookselling--France--Paris--History--20th century.
Document Types
Galley proofs.
Financial records.

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Related Material

The library of the Librairie Dorbon-aîné was also purchased by Carlton Lake and donated to the Ransom Center's Library where it forms part of the Carlton Lake Collection.

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Administrative Information

Acquisition:

Gifts and purchases of Carlton Lake 1969, 1970 (R4833, R5161)

Processed by:

Monique Daviau, Richard Workman, and Catherine Stollar, 2004

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Sources:

Dorbon, Louis. La Librairie Dorbon-aîné. Undated page proofs.

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Librairie Dorbon-aîné Records--Folder List

 

Series I. Correspondence, 1894-1954(bulk 1900-1946)

Subseries A: Firm Correspondence
Box-Folder
155.1 Letters, 1909-1931
Recipient
Box-Folder
155.2 A-B
Boulestin, Xavier Marcel
Box-Folder
155.3 1912
Box-Folder
155.4 1913-1916 June
Box-Folder
155.5 1916 July-1916 Dec.
Box-Folder
155.6 1917-1929, nd
Box-Folder
156.1 C
Box-Folder
156.2 Chambon, Félix, 1903-1909, nd
Box-Folder
156.3 Coninck, J. de, 1928-1929
Box-Folder
156.4 D
Box-Folder
156.5 Darantière, Maurice, 1911-1932
Box-Folder
156.6 Duzéa, Jeanne, 1934
Box-Folder
156.7 E-G
Ernest Benn Ltd.
Box-Folder
157.1 1924-1925
Box-Folder
157.2 1926-1929
Farrère, Claude
Box-Folder
157.3 1909-1913
Box-Folder
157.4 1914-1922, nd
Box-Folder
157.5 Ganche, Edouard, 1928-1933
Box-Folder
157.6 Gondrexon, Jean, 1927, nd
Box-Folder
158.1 H
Box-Folder
158.2 Halpérine-Kaminsky, E., 1910
Box-Folder
158.3 Hamon, Augustin, 1910-1911, nd
Box-Folder
158.4 Henriot, Émile, 1909-1910, nd
Box-Folder
158.5 Holroyd-Reece, J., 1926-1927
Box-Folder
158.6 Hoyos y Vinent, Antonio de, 1917, nd
Box-Folder
158.7 I-K
Box-Folder
158.8 Imprimerie Bénard, Liege, 1923-1924
Box-Folder
158.9 Imprimerie La Semeuse, Etampes
Box-Folder
158.10 Jaloux, Edmond, 1910-1912, nd
Box-Folder
158.11 L
Box-Folder
158.12 Laboureur, Jean Emile, 1916-1928
Box-Folder
158.13 M
Box-Folder
158.14 Margueritte, Paul 1904-1917, nd
Box-Folder
158.15 Miomandre, Francis de, 1910-1917, nd
Box-Folder
158.16 Moulié, Charles, 1910-1922, nd
Box-Folder
159.1 N-P
Box-Folder
159.2 Nolhac, Pierre de, 1913-1925, nd
Box-Folder
159.3 Publications Lucien Vogel, 1923-1924
Box-Folder
159.4 Q-R
Box-Folder
159.5 Rassenfosse, Armand, 1911-1923, nd
Box-Folder
159.6 Rouveyre, André, 1912-1913, nd
Box-Folder
159.7 S-T
Box-Folder
159.8 Thomas, Louis, 1909-1912, nd
Box-Folder
159.9 Toussaint, Mme. Adèle Samson, 1911, nd
Box-Folder
159.10 U-Z
Subseries B. Personal Correspondence
Recipient
Box-Folder
159.11 A-K
Box-Folder
159.12 L-Z

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Series II. Works by Authors 1907-1939

Box-Folder
160.1 A-B
Aubert, Louis
Si l'on cherchait à établir une hierarchie…
Box-Folder
os57 Handwritten and typed manuscripts
Box-Folder
os57 Proofs
Boulestin, Xavier Marcel
Aspects sentimentaux du front Anglais
Box-Folder
160.2 Handwritten, typed, and carbon copy manuscripts
Proofs
Box-Folder
160.3 Galley
Box-Folder
160.4-6 Page
Box-Folder
160.7 Frontispiece
Box-Folder
160.8 The atnaeum: a collection of atrocities committed at the front
Dans le Flandres britanniques
Box-Folder
160.9 Handwritten, typed, and carbon copy manuscripts
Box-Folder
os58 Proofs
Box-Folder
160.10 Subscription file
Box-Folder
160.11 Le frequentations de Maurice
Tableaux de Londres
Box-Folder
160.12 Composite manuscript with handwritten and printed pages
Box-Folder
160.13 Page proofs
Boylesve, René
Nymphes dansant avec des satyres
Box-Folder
161.1 Mock-up
Box-Folder
161.2 Proofs
Box-Folder
161.3 Le pied fourchu
Box-Folder
161.4 Brunner, Henriette. En Marge d'A rebours
Box-Folder
161.5 C
Box-Folder
os59 Caplet, André. Forêt
Capus, Alfred
Le théâtre
Box-Folder
161.6 Page proofs
Box-Folder
161.7 Proof copy
Chopin, Frédéric. Trois manuscripts de Chopin…
Box-Folder
161.8 Étude des Variantes par Alfred Cortot
Box-Folder
161.9 Les éléments de la création musicale chez Fréderic Chopin, par Edouard Ganche
Box-Folder
161.10 Notes
Proofs
Box-Folder
161.11-13 Complete set
Box-Folder
162.1-2 Miscellaneous sections
Box-Folder
162.3 D-E
Des Ombiaux, Maurice
L'Amphitryon d'aujourd'hui: Introduction à la vie gourmande
Box-Folder
162.4 Handwritten manuscript
Box-Folder
162.5-8 Page proofs
Box-Folder
162.9 Le partissier françois
Box-Folder
163.1 Écorcheville, Jules
Box-Folder
163.2 F-I
Farrère, Claude
Box-Folder
163.3 Contes chinos
Contes d'outre et d'autre mondes
Box-Folder
163.4 Handwritten manuscript
Box-Folder
163.5-6 Typed and carbon copy manuscript
Box-Folder
163.7-9 Page proofs
Box-Folder
164.1 Fin de Turquie
Box-Folder
164.2 Oú? document
Box-Folder
164.3 Tripolitaine
Box-Folder
164.4 Guitry, Sacha
Jaloux, Edmond
Box-Folder
164.5-6 Le boudoir de Proserpine
Box-Folder
164.7 Fleurs de néflier
Box-Folder
165.1 L-N
Litschfousse, Victor
Alain, ou les vertus guerrières
Box-Folder
165.2 Handwritten manuscript
Box-Folder
os 89 Galley proofs
Box-Folder
165.3 Contract
Box-Folder
165.4 Miomandre, Francis de
Noailles, Anna Elisabeth de Brancovan, comtesse de
Box-Folder
165.5 A-Z
De la rive d'Europe à la rive d'Asie
Page proofs
Box-Folder
165.6 1912, 96 pp
Box-Folder
165.7 1912-1913, 132 pp
Box-Folder
165.8 1913, 122 pp
Nolhac, Pierre de
Le dernier amour de Ronsard
Page proofs
Box-Folder
165.9 79 pp, with extensive revisions and handwritten corrections
Box-Folder
165.10 84 pp
Box-Folder
165.11 92 pp
Box-Folder
165.12 92 pp, with handwritten corrections
Box-Folder
165.13 Preface, handwritten manuscript
Box-Folder
166.1 O-R
Rassenfosse, Armand
Box-Folder
166.2 En relisant Le fleurs de mal de Charles Baudelaire
Box-Folder
166.3 Original container
Box-Folder
166.4 Régnier, Henri de. Pour les moins d' hiver
Box-Folder
os59 Roger-Ducasse
Box-Folder
os60 Roussel, Albert. L'Accueil de muses
Saint-Saëns, Camille
Au courant de la vie
Box-Folder
166.5 Carbon copy and typed manuscripts
Box-Folder
166.6 Frontispiece
Proofs
Box-Folder
166.7 114 pp, 128 pp
with handwritten corrections and a note by Saint-Saëns
Box-Folder
166.8 129 pp
with handwritten corrections and a note by Louis Dorbon
Box-Folder
166.9 Feuilles Mortes
Box-Folder
166.10 Germanophile: Prière d'insèrer
Box-Folder
os59 Schmitt, Florent. Sonate libre en deux parties enchaînés
Box-Folder
os61 Schumann, Robert. Fantaisies et Finale
Box-Folder
167.1 Sénac de Meilhan, Gabriel
Box-Folder
167.2 Silvain
Thomas, Louis
André Rouveyre
Proofs
Box-Folder
167.3 114 pp, with handwritten corrections, emendations, printer's notes, and paste-ups by Rouveyre
Box-Folder
167.4 125 pp, 108 pp, with handwritten emendations
Box-Folder
167.5 Various authors, Manuscripts par Beethoven
Box-Folder
167.6 Unidentified

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Series III. Business Records, 1909-1932

Box-Folder
167.7 A-Z
Box-Folder
167.8 Contract, Farrère, Claude
Box-Folder
167.9 Publicity documents
Box-Folder
167.10 Subscription file, Les bibliophiles fantaisistes

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