Indiana University Bloomington


Le Jeu Des Auteurs
Le Jeu Des Auteurs. New York: Henry Holt and Co., 1873.

The game consists of a deck of ninety–six playing cards, making twenty–four 'books' of four cards each.

Cards include the author's name and three of their most famous works, as well as a mini–biography.

Well–known French authors, including Molière, Victor Hugo, and Voltaire, are featured with more obscure ones, such as Cuvier, Le Sage, and Sardou.

It seems as though this game might have been used in more of an educational capacity than the typical Authors game, as it was printed completely in French, although it was published in New York.

Below are examples of author cards and examples of books from the Lilly Library collection featured in the game.

Voltaire card
Voltaire card from Le Jeu Des Auteurs. New York: Henry Holt and Co., 1873.

Voltaire. Candide, ou, L'Optimisme. Traduit de l'Allemand de Mr. le Dr. Ralph. Amsterdam: Marc–Michel Rey, 1759.

Listed alongside Voltaire's most famous satire, Candide, are lesser known works Charles XII and La Henriade.

Candide became one of the most famous social and political satires of the 18th century.

Shown here is the title page of one of the earliest editions of the novel.

Hugo card
Victor Hugo card from Le Jeu Des Auteurs. New York: Henry Holt and Co., 1873.
Victor Hugo, illustrated by Bernard Lamotte. Notre–Dame de Paris. New York: Limited Editions Club, 1955.

Quasimodo is perhaps the most iconic figure of Hugo's literary characters. The Limited Editions Club published this version of Notre–Dame de Paris in 1955, with the addition of intense watercolors in black, red and grey tones by French artist Bernard Lamotte.

View the Next Section |View the Previous Section
Back to Top

Lilly Library Home     Exhibition Home     Online Exhibitions
Last Updated: 1 June 2009
© 2008 The Trustees of Indiana University