Affluent suburb of Paris, next to the Parc de Sceux. (Is there any reference here to Honore de Balzac's 1829 story "Le Bal de Sceaux" ("The Ball at Sceaux")?)
Boulevard des Invalides
Napoléon I's ashes are entombed at the Hôtel des Invalides, which is on this street.
February second, day of celebration of the Purification of the Virgin Mary.
(Lat.) "Four-faced." For instance, Janus Quadrifrons, the four-faced early version of the Latin god Janus.
Chamber of Deputies
One of two branches of the legislative assembly of France, whose members are elected.
Maréchal de Camp (commander) of 2nd Army Corps, 6th Division, 1st Brigade (under Lieutenant Général Prince Jérome Napoléon) at the Battle of Waterloo.
chateau of Hougomont
Hugo describes this battle in Vol. II, Book I, Chapter II.
All are Napoleonic battles. Marengo. Austerlitz. Iena (or Jena). Wagram. Battle of Eylau, Feb. 7-8. 1807, against the Russians in Poland, indecisive outcome. The painter's spelling obviously leaves something to be desired.
Johanna Casper Lavater (1741-1801), Swiss physiognomist (one who studies facial features in order to determine the character of the individual), author of Essays on Physiognomy.
Short for duodecimo, a medium-sized book, 7-8 inches tall.
François Guillaume Ducray-Duminil, French Gothic novelist.
Large cemetery in Paris, estabilished 1804. Many famous people rest there, including Frederic Chopin, Jim Morrison, and Oscar Wilde.
Biblical: Old Testament book of Ecclesiastes, believed to have been written by Solomon. Ecclesiastes 1:2 reads, "Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity."
church of Saint-Jacques
Church of Saint-Jacques-du-Haut-Pas in Paris. (Not the church Saint-Jacques-la-Boucherie in Paris, of which only the tower remains (the remainder was destroyed in 1797)).
A member of the Rothschild family, a wealthy and influential European dynasty.
François-Joseph Talma (1763-1826), famous French stage actor.
Character in Moliere's 1666 play Le Misanthrope, a young widow with many suitors. (I am assuming the reference here since Jondrette is passing himself off as a dramatist.)