I've just just published my Guide to the Earliest Burials in Père-Lachaise 1804-1824. I've fallen under the spell of many others who have become obsessed with the first burials in Père-Lachaise and decided to share what I've learned so far.
Over 500 pages long with nearly 4,400 entries it weighs in at a little over three pounds and is chock full of many of those first souls interred in one of the world's most famous resting places. Each entry consists of:
Surname(s) and personal information
Epitaph (if applicable)
Division (division number plus street name if applicable)
A sampling of the earliest guides used includes:
C. P. Arnaud (1817, 1823, 1825), Théophile Astrié (1865), Antoine Caillot (1808, 1809), F. M. Marchant de Beaumont (1820, 1821, 1828), Jules Moiroux (1908), Louis Normand (1832, 1863), Fernando Quaglia (1832, Roger and son (1816), M. P. Saint-Aubin (1816, 1825), and F. T. Salomon (1855).