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Two literary manuscripts by Mademoiselle de Lubert

 Collection — Volume: 1
Call Number: MS B182


Marie-Madeleine de Lubert (1702-1785), whose published books identify her more formally as Mlle (Mademoiselle) de Lubert, was the author of about a dozen contes de fées (fairy stories). The two texts in the volume in this collection, "Les événements comiques conte" and "Chélidonide histoire grecque," are unpublished literary manuscripts attributed to Mlle de Lubert.


  • Creation: approximately 1740-1760


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Biography of Mademoiselle de Lubert

Mlle de Lubert was the eldest of two daughters and a son of Louis de Lubert (a president of the 3rd Chamber of Inquiries of the Parliament of Paris) and his wife, Marie-Madeleine Perrot (daughter of the governor of Acadia). She was born in Paris on December 17, 1702 and died on August 20, 1785 in Argentan, where her brother lived.

Mlle de Lubert was named Marie-Madeleine after her mother. Never married, she devoted her life to literature and the arts. She corresponded with Voltaire, who wrote a poem in her honor. Her small but select circle of friends in Paris included Charles Marie de La Condamine (French naturalist, explorer, and writer), Jean François Durey de Mesnières (a parliamentary president and journalist), and Madame de Graffigny (a novelist, playwright, and salon hostess who supported the education of women).

Mlle de Lubert wrote about a dozen novels or contes de fées (fairy stories). Tecserion, her first published book, takes place on the planet Venus (1737). The publication of a number of her books in 1743, during the exile of the Parliament from Paris, may have aided the family finances. Her best known contes des fées are La princess Camion (1743), Le prince Glacé et la princesse Etincelante (1743), and La princesse Coque d'Œuf et le prince Bonbon (1745). The attributions of the latter and of two other works, La princess Sensible et le prince Typhon (1743) and the Histoire secrete du Prince Croqu'tron et de la princesse Foirette (not published until 1873), to Mlle de Lubert are problematic. Her writings are late examples of the contes de fées genre.


1 volume : 2 paper manuscripts bound together in a single volume, in vellum binding with tawed skin ties ; 19 cm x 13 cm

Language of Materials


Scope and Contents

Both literary manuscripts in this one-volume collection are named in the spine title, written by hand in brownish ink: "Les Evenemens Comiques Conte -- Chelidonide histoire grecque." Between the title lines there are traces of several words (too faint to be legible) in much lighter brownish ink. The word "Mondolot," on the front endpaper, may be the name of a former owner. Both manuscripts are written in brownish ink and may be in the same hand, although the letters of the first manuscript are more separate (almost like printing), while the writing in the second manuscript is more cursive, with the letters closer together (perhaps to conserve paper).

The title at the head of the first manuscript reads: "Les eveinnements Comiques," while the second manuscript is titled "Chélidonide histoire grecque." Rather than choose between the different spellings on the spine and the title page, the modern spelling, événements, has been used in this finding aid.

Pages are numbered consecutively throughout the volume, the first manuscript on pages 1-206 and the second, following blank page 207, on pages 208-372. The end of each text is indicated by the word "fin." Aside from two numbers (or letters?) written in pencil on the back endpaper, there are no other annotations.

Physical Location

MS B182

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchase, Amélie Sourget Livres et Manuscrits, 2017.


Lubert, Mlle de. Contes. Edited by Aurélie Zygel-Basso. Paris: H. Champion, 2005. Located at Watson Library at PQ 1999 .L65 2005.
Guide to the Mademoiselle de Lubert Manuscript Collection
Two literary manuscripts by Mademoiselle de Lubert
Finding aid prepared by ksc, 2017. Finding aid encoded by mwh, 2017.
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Two literary manuscripts by Mademoiselle de Lubert, MS B182, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

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