1781 · Paris
Dorvigny (pseud. of Louis-Francois Archambault; [1734-1812]). Les fausses consultations, comedie en 1 acte, representee, pour la premiere fois, sur le theatre des Varietes, en decembre 1780. Paris: Caileau, 1781. Original edition. Octavo. Contemporary wrappers made from wallpaper. Paper label with title in ms. Light foxing and soiling. 48pp.
First performance was November 27, 1780 at Theatre des Varietes-Amusantes, Paris. The play was popular through the end of the century. A comedy about the legal problems of a theatre company, the Troupe de Franville, in its relation to the Avocat-Consultant Dainval.
Louis-Francois Archambault known as "Dorvigny" was an actor and dramatic author who was born and died in Paris, although he lived in Bordeaux for a time. He was one of the most prolific 18th century writers of comedies with Cesar listing nearly a hundred of them through the end of the century including shadow puppet plays, or "Ombres chinoises." Spectacles de la foire (1877) notes that Dorvigny must have appeared in over 400 performances including those at la Comedia.
Locations: Worldcat lists three (of four) copies in the U.S.: Stanford, Johns Hopkins, U Penn.
References: Cesar; Les Spectacles de la foire (1877): t. I, p. 267; Soleinne, 2197.
Provenance: Jean Sevin, directeur. (Inventory #: 1062)