Ascanio – Vol I and Vol II by Alexandre Dumas

This vintage book contains both volumes of Alexandre Dumas’s 1843 historical novel, “Ascanio”.

It is the fictionalised story of Benvenuto Cellin’s time spent in France with his apprentice Ascanio; a passionate but troubled man, tormented by life under the tyranny of an unrighteous court. The court is that of François I in Fontainebleau and Paris. Cellini and Ascanio are both madly in love with Colombe, daughter of the Provost of Paris – thus sparking jealousies, plots and intrigue. Full of thrilling plot twists and villainous intrigue, this novel constitutes a must-read for fans of Dumas’s work, and would make for a worthy addition to any collection.

Alexandre Dumas (1802–1870) was a famous French writer. He is best remembered for his exciting romantic sagas, including “The Three Musketeers” and “The Count of Monte Cristo”. Despite making a great deal of money from his writing, Dumas was almost perpetually penniless thanks to his extravagant lifestyle. His novels have since been translated into nearly a hundred different languages, and have inspired over two hundred motion pictures.

Many vintage texts such as ‘Ascanio’ are becoming increasingly rare and expensive, and it is with this in mind that we are republishing this volume now, in an affordable, modern, high-quality edition. It comes complete with a specially commissioned new biography of the author.


Here, at Alexandre Dumas Works, you can find the best of this of this scintillating author’s historical novels, essays, plays, and travel books.

We also have a biography of Alexandre Dumas, recounting a personal life almost as tumultuous as the fiction he penned, as well as a constantly updated selection of his quotes, anecdotes and wisdom.

Through republishing works such as ‘Ascanio’, it is hoped that the writing of this most widely read of French authors, can continue to delight – almost two centuries after its initial publication.