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From Hugo to Cocteau, David to Gauguin, Chopin to Boulez, we offer here a wide range of important autograph letters from the greatest artists of the past centuries.

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[BAUDELAIRE] CARJAT, Étienne (1828-1906)

Period albumen print
[Paris, between late 1861 and early 1862]. Wet stamp « Et. Carjat »

Étienne Carjat’s masterpiece, the only known period print

EUR 90.000,-
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[BAUDELAIRE] FLAUBERT, Gustave (1821-1880)

Autograph letter signed « Gus Flaubert » to Jules Sandeau
Croisset, 26 January [1862], 2 p. in-8 on blue laid paper

« Yesterday I received a letter from Baudelaire inviting me to ask for your voice for his candidacy to the Academy »

EUR 6.500,-
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[BAUDELAIRE] VERLAINE, Paul (1844-1896)

Autograph letter signed « Paul Verlaine » to Léon Deschamps
Paris, 19th October 1890, 1 p. in-8

« I had accompanied, very young and all obscure as I was, the coffin of Baudelaire »

EUR 15.000,-
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[CAMUS] Char, René (1907-1988)

Autograph letter signed « René Char » to Marianne Oswald
N.p, 15th March, 2 p. in-8°

« Above all, we must talk about Albert and the abyssal emptiness that his disappearance caused. It is up to friendship to bloom this void »

EUR 1.400,-
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[DUMAS] FERRIER, Ida (1811-1859)

Autograph letter signed “Ida
[Between 1840 & 1844] Saturday, 1/2 p. in-12

I had instructed Alexandre to present them to you, but I believe that he has forgotten my committee”

EUR 250,-
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[HUGO] Juliette DROUET (1806-1883)

Autograph letter signed « Juliette » to Victor Hugo
N.p, 12 February [1849], 4 pp. in-8°

« I like the violent and expeditious genre »

EUR 3.800,-
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[JARRY] QUENEAU, Raymond (1903-1976)

Autograph letter signed « Queneau » [to Michel Arrivé]
N.p, 9th August 1964, 1 p. in 8vo, NRF letterhead

“There is a chance […] so that a carefully drawn up plan by you leads to the realization of a Jarry volume in this honored collection”

EUR 400,-
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[NERVAL] COLON, Jenny (1808-1842)

Autograph letter signed “Jenny” to her friend Jouslin de la Salle
N.p.n.d, 1 p. in-8 embossed to her initials

“Were you able to decipher William’s letter? As for me, I have nothing but one word is that he wanted to leave…”

EUR 500,-
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[POUGY, Liane de] Harry Baur (1880-1943)

Set of letters addressed to Liane de Pougy
Paris / Brussels, various formats, 1931-1939, 7 pages and 1 telegram

“It is beyond my control not to feel all that is hopeless in the end of my life”

EUR 120,-
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[POUGY, Liane de] Tonia Navar (1886-1959)

Set of 7 letters addressed to Liane de Pougy
Various formats [circa 1930’s], 16 pages

“There will be a whole swarm of lovely women around you”

EUR 200,-
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[RIMBAUD] CHAR, René (1907-1988)

Autograph letter signed « René Char » to Marianne Oswald
L’Isle [sur-la-Sorgue], 25 April [19]68, 1 p. 1/4 in-8°

« More than ever I understand Rimbaud to have “gone away”…»

EUR 1.900,-
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[RIMBAUD] DELAHAYE, Ernest (1853-1930)

Autograph letter signed  “Ernest Delahaye” à Marcel Coulon
Maisons-Laffitte, 8th June 1929, 2 p. in-12, autograph envelope attached

“I will wait « gluttinously », as the man of A Season in Hell would say”

EUR 1.200,-
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[RIMBAUD] Paul VERLAINE (1844-1896)

Autograph letter signed twice « P Verlaine » and « P.V » to Émile Bally
Paris [1st June 1894], 3 p. 1/2 in-8° with autograph envelope

« I am there, along with Rimbaud, Valade, d’Hervilly and three or four others »

EUR 3.800,-
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[RIMBAUD] VERLAINE, Paul (1844-1896)

Autograph letter signed « Votre P Verlaine » to l’abbé Louis Le Cardonnel
Paris, 9 Feb[ruary] [18]86, 2 p. 1/4 in-8° on mourning paper

« I don’t really know where I’m going, it’s called not living anymore »

EUR 6.000,-
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[VERLAINE] KRANTZ, Eugénie (18–/1897)

Autograph letter signed twice “Eugénie Krantz” to Edmond Lepelletier
Paris, 39 rue Descartes, 8th January 1896, 2 pp. in-12 oblong

Extraordinary first-hand and unpublished testimony on Verlaine’s last moments, the day of his death

EUR 4.800,-
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[VERLAINE] KRANTZ, Eugénie (18–/1897)

Autograph letter signed several times “Eugénie Krantz” to Edmond Lepelletier
Paris 29th January [1896], 4 p. in-12

Hospitalized a few days after Verlaine’s death and abandoned by all, Eugénie Krantz calls for desperate help

EUR 1.500,-
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[VERLAINE] VANIER, Léon (1847-1896)

Les Hommes d’Aujourd’hui
Original copy from the second edition, 4 pp. in-4°
Librairie Vanier, n°244 – Paris 19 quai St Michel

Famous copy on which Verlaine appears crouching and holding a fancy lyre

EUR 350,-
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[VERLAINE] VERLAINE, Jeanne (18–/18–)

Autograph letter signed “J. Verlaine” to a gentleman (probably Edmond Lepelletier)
Rue Montholon [Paris], circa 1889, 2 pp. in-8

“I would assure you that, when he came to the Broussais hospital to visit Mr. Verlaine, he asked me for a way to sue his publisher Vanier against whom he was extremely irritated.”

EUR 300,-
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[ZOLA] FLAUBERT, Gustave (1821-1880)


Autograph letter signed « Votre Gve Flaubert » to Emile Zola
[Paris, 17 December 1874], 1 p. in-8°

« Tourgueneff, de Goncourt & Daudet will be at my place on Sunday »

EUR 3.200,-
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[ZOLA] FLAUBERT, Gustave (1821-1880)

Autograph letter signed « Votre vieux Gve Flaubert » to Emile Zola
Croisset, Sunday [15 février 1880], 3 p. in-8°

« Jesus Christ ! what a pair of balls you have ! »

EUR 15.000,-
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APOLLINAIRE, Guillaume (1880-1918)

Epistolary poem signed « Guillaume Apollinaire », to André Billy
Nîmes, 9th March 1915, 1 p. in-8 on Café Tortoni’s letterhead

« Ami, les jours aux jours s’enchaînent / Combien, combien de jours encor / Combien de douleurs les emmènent »

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APOLLINAIRE, Guillaume (1880-1918)

Autograph quatrain signed « G.A. » to Paul Lombard
[Nîmes], 15th March 1915, 1/4 p. in-4to

« Tu regardes debout sur la tour cette guerre »

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APOLLINAIRE, Guillaume (1880-1918)

Epistolary autograph poem signed « Guillaume Apollinaire », to André Billy
Nîmes, 20th March 1915, 1 p. in-8° on Café Tortoni’s letterhead

« On his beautiful forehead shines a flame / In his hand blooms a twig »

EUR 9.000,-
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APOLLINAIRE, Guillaume (1880-1918)

First draft manuscript for the poem “Le Voyageur”, from the poem collection Alcools
N.p.n.d [c. 1909-1910], 2 p. in-4to, black ink, multiple corrections

« Deux matelots qui ne s’étaient jamais quittés »

EUR 45.000,-
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ARAGON, Louis (1897-1982)

Autograph manuscript on his vision of poetry
N.p.n.d [50s], 6 pp. in-4°

« However, Arthur Rimbaud… »

EUR 4.500,-
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ARAGON, Louis (1897-1982)

Autograph poem signed « Aragon », titled « D’une petite fille massacrée »
N.p.n.d, 1 p. in-8°

« You will not awaken this child. She’s dead »

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ARAGON, Louis (1897-1982)

Autograph letter signed « Aragon » [to Elisabeth de Clermont-Tonnerre]
N.p.n.d, [1950], 1 p. in-4to

Violent reproaches of Louis Aragon against Thomas Mann

EUR 3.200,-
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ARTAUD, Antonin (1896-1948)

Autograph letter signed « Antonin Artaud » to Jeanne Toulouse
Ivry-sur-Seine, 1st February 1948, 2 p. in-8vo with envelope

« I plan to come to your house one day very soon to bring you a copy of my Van Gogh »

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ARTAUD, Antonin (1896-1948)

Autograph letter signed “Antonin Artaud” to his sister Marie Ange Malausséna
Espalion, 7th April 1946, 2 pages in-8

“You would do me a great service by sending me 4 or 5 tubes”

EUR 2.000,-
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ARTAUD, Antonin (1896-1948)

Autograph letter signed “Antonin Artaud” to his sister Marie-Ange Malausséna
Espalion, 11th April 1946, 4 pages in-8

“High-dose heroin does not cause addiction when it is of good quality”

EUR 4.500,-
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ARTAUD, Antonin (1896-1948)

Autograph letter signed « Antonin Artaud » to Adrienne Monnier
Psychiatric Hospital of Ville-Evrard, 4th March 1939, 2 p. in-4° with enveloppe

« This story of look-alikes is as old as centuries, and all the great characters throughout history have found real doubles »

EUR 11.000,-
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BALLANCHE, Pierre Simon (1776-1847)

Autograph letter signed “Ballanche fils” to a gentleman
Lyon, 29 April 1811, 2 pages in-4

You probably know a translation of the Telemaque, in Italian verses”

EUR 200,-
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BALZAC, Honoré de (1799-1850)

Autograph letter signed in the third person « M. de Balzac » to Maurice Schlesinger
N.d.n.p, Sunday [1837], 1/2 p. in-8 with autograph address

“It is absolutely necessary to agree on Gambara”

EUR 3.000,-
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BARBUSSE, Henri (1873-1935)

Autograph letter signed “Henri Barbusse” to a friend
Villa Célestine, Antibes [September 1919], 1 p. in-4

“I consider it the duty of the man of letters to draw the attention of whom right on the works that are worth it”

EUR 180,-
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BARTHOLDI, Auguste (1834-1904)

Autograph letter signed “Bartholdi” to Georges Glaenzer
Paris, 4th May 1882, 4 pp. in-8vo on his letterhead

“We will be ready, our statue will be made in due course and it would almost be an affront to France, if the pedestal is not made”

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BAUDELAIRE, Charles (1821-1867)

Autograph letter signed « Charles » to his mother, Madame Aupick
[Paris], 1st July 1853, 3 p. in-8°

« What is quite certain is that I no longer want to give anything to chance in my life, and that I claim that the will occupies the full extent of it »

EUR 14.000,-
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BAUDELAIRE, Charles (1821-1867)

[Second notice on] Pierre Dupont – Corrected proof
[Paris] 6th June 1861 [stamped], 11 p. in-8vo bradel

“The public was so tired of Victor Hugo’s tireless faculties, his indestructible beauties”

EUR 17.500,-
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BAUDELAIRE, Charles (1821-1867)

Autograph letter signed “Ch. Baudelaire” to F. Bichet
[Paris], 4 February 1860, 1/2 p. in-8

“The second part of Opium…”

EUR 3.900,-
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BAUDELAIRE, Charles (1821-1867)

Autograph letter signed « Charles Baudelaire » to Alphonse de Calonne
[Paris], 23rd February [18]64, 1 p. in-8° on blue paper

« A heavy work, I assure you, but of which I am quite happy »

EUR 6.500,-
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BEAUMARCHAIS (de), Pierre-Augustin Caron (1732-1799)

Autograph letter signed « Beaumarchais » to comedian Préville
Paris, 31st March 1784, 2 pp. in-8°

« My play isn’t a big thing ; but seeing it in the theater is the result of four years of fighting »

EUR 20.000,-
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BEAUVOIR (de), Simone (1908-1986)

Autograph manuscript for her essay Must we burn Sade ?
N.p.n.d [1951], 7 pages in-4 on grid paper

“Sade’s eroticism is no longer just an individual attitude; it is also a challenge for society”

EUR 4.000,-
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BEAUVOIR (de), Simone (1908-1986)

Autograph manuscript (fragments) accompanied by an autograph letter signed for La Longue Marche – Essai sur la Chine
[Paris, 1956] 15 pages in-4°, with two autograph envelopes

« China is not a political entity; I guess with joy, that it has a sky, its colors, its trees, a flesh »

EUR 4.800,-
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BERLIOZ, Hector (1803-1869)

Autograph letter signed “Hector Berlioz” to his brother in law Camille Pal
N.p, 13th July 1860, 2 p. 1/2 in-8

“If God lends us a few more months of life, we will launch this great ship”

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BOULEZ, Pierre (1925-2016)

Autograoh signed card to André Dubois
[Marseille, 24 april 1954], 1 page in-8

“In 2 hours we leave to other heavens”

EUR 450,-
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BOULEZ, Pierre (1925-2016)

Autograph card signed to André Dubois
[Cologne, 10 IX 1952], 1 page in-8

“What will I tell you about the journeys in this divine valley, which Victor Hugo has not already said?”

EUR 650,-
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BOUSQUET, Jöe (1897-1950)

6 autograph letters signed, all adressed to Variétés journal
Carcassonne, 1946-1947, 21 pages in-8

Cosmic reality and color, Dubuffet & Bellmer…

EUR 3.500,-
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BRAQUE, Georges (1882-1963)

Autograph letter signed « Georges Braque », to Daniel Wallard
N.p, 19th February 19[44], 4 p. in-12°

« I will now get back to work, of which I have the violent desire »

EUR 1.700,-
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CAILLEBOTTE, Gustave (1848-1894)

Autograph letter signed “G Caillebotte” to Claude Monet
[Paris], Jeudi [between 1883 et 1885] 1 p. in-12

“I intend to go and see you in Etretat”

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CARROLL, Lewis (1832-1898)

Autograph letter signed « C.L. Dodgson » to Mr Burton
Eastbourne, Aug[ust] 25 [18]77, 2 p. in-12° with pink ink

« The book is called Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland »

EUR 19.000,-
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CELINE, Louis-Ferdinand (1894-1961)

Autograph letter signed twice, « Des » and « Louis », to his wife Lucette
Københavns Fængsler’s prison, 22nd August 1946, 2 pp. in-4°

« Unfortunately, I no longer have enough years, months to live to puke all that I have swallowed in these months of resentment, humiliation and hatred »

EUR 3.800,-
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CELINE, Louis-Ferdinand (1894-1961)

Autograph letter signed “LFCéline” to his friends Descaves
Copenhagen, 7th July [1947], (c/o Mikkelsen), 2 pages in-folio

“France does not deserve its writers”

EUR 2.800,-
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CELINE, Louis-Ferdinand (1894-1961)

Autograph letter signed « Louis Destouches (LF Céline) » to Léon Daudet
[Paris, May 1936], 8 pp. large in-4°

« I write in a kind of spoken prose, transposed »

EUR 16.500,-
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CENDRARS, Blaise (1887-1961)

Autograph letter signed « Blaise » to Louis Brun
[Biarritz], 7th January 1933, 2 p. in-4to with envelope

« I’m not writing for an award »

EUR 2.000,-
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CENDRARS, Blaise (1887-1961)

Autograph letter signed “Blaise Cendrars” to Mr J.P Morphée c/o André Gillois radiodiffusion française
Paris, Wednesday 4th [February 1953], 1 p. in-12 with autograph adress, stamp and seal on verso

Cendras makes a short autobiographical record of his works

EUR 850,-
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CEZANNE, Paul (1839-1906)

Autograph letter signed « Paul Cézanne » to Octave Mirbeau
Aix [en-Provence], 11th July 1903, 2 pp. in-8°

« I continue to seek, to develop through drawing and color the idea of art that I think I have »

EUR 27.500,-
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CHAR, René (1907-1988)

Autograph letter signed « R. Char » to Marianne Oswald
[N.p.n.d], 1 p. in-4°

« It’s alive like a nest on the fork of a branch »

EUR 350,-
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CHAR, René (1907-1988)

Autograph poem signed « René Char »
N.p.n.d, 1 p. in-4°

« Dans le berceau conciliant / Ou tu rougis petite aurore »

EUR 950,-
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CHAR, René (1907-1988)

Autograph letter signed « René Char » to Marianne Oswald
[N.p.n.d], Tuesday, 1 p. in-4°

« I have for 4 or 5 days more editing a small film »

EUR 250,-
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CHASSERIAU, Théodore (1819-1856)

Autograph letter signed “Thre Chasseriau” to M. Lanthy
Wednesday at noon [14 September 1853], 1 p. in-8 with autograph address

“I am very embarrassed at the moment”

EUR 450,-
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CHATEAUBRIAND (de), François-René (1768-1848)

Autograph letter signed « Chateaubriand » to Laure de Cottens
Paris, 27 December 1832, 4 pp. in-4°

« I hoped to work in peace to my memories and never see again a homeland that is no longer one for me »

EUR 3.500,-
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CHATEAUBRIAND (de), François-René (1768-1848)

Autograph letter signed « Le Vte de Chateaubriand » to a gentleman
Paris, 29th 7bre [September] 1815, 4 pp. in-8°

« I demanded freedom of thought, which brought Buonaparte’s fury and his new threats to have me shot »

EUR 7.800,-
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CHAVANNES, Pierre Puvis de (1824-1898)

Autograph letter signed “P. Puvis” to Hippolyte DURAND-TAHIER,
Paris, 6 February 1896, 1 p. in-12

“It is urgent that I speak to you about Berlin”

EUR 150,-
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CLAUDEL, Paul (1868-1955)

Autograph letter signed « P Claudel » to André Ruyters
Prague, 14th July [1910], 2 p. in-8 oblong, autograph envelope attached

“These literary vampires are real criminals”

EUR 650,-
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COCTEAU, Jean (1889-1963)

Autograph manuscript signed « Jean Cocteau »
[Maisons-Laffitte and Arnaga, 1909], 86 p. in-4°

Complete autograph manuscript of Jean Cocteau’s second poetic collection : Le Prince Frivole

EUR 29.000,-
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COCTEAU, Jean (1889-1963)

Autograph letter signed “Ton Jean” to Marianne
Milly, Monday 20th May [1958], 1 page in-4 adorned with an original drawing

“I have to do a job with Karajan at the Opera House”

EUR 900,-
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COCTEAU, Jean (1889-1963)

Autograph letter signed “Jean C” to Henri Duvernois
[Ville de Monts] Indre-et-Loire, 26 September 1913, 1 p. in-8

“I have a hundred eyes to read Nounette

EUR 450,-
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COCTEAU, Jean (1889-1963)

Autograph letter signed twice “Jean Cocteau” and “Jean” to Michaël Smithies
Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, 3rd June 1956, 6 pages in-8 with autograph envelope

“Art escapes progress”

EUR 950,-
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DALÍ, Salvador (1904-198

Original drawings and autograph poem
N.p.n.d [c. 1935], 1 p. in-8° (16 x 20,5 cm)

« I empty my evil »

EUR 22.500,-
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DALÍ, Salvador (1904-1989)

Autograph letter signed twice « Dalí » to a friend
N.p.n.d, 1 p. in-4°

Charming letter from the artist, enriched with an original drawing

EUR 2.800,-
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DEGAS, Edgar (1834-1917)

Autograph letter signed « Degas » to Charles Deschamps
Paris, Friday [mid-1870’s], 3 p. in-8

« You will receive the small painting »

EUR 3.500,-
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DELACROIX, Eugène (1798-1863)

Autograph letter signed « E Delacroix » to a unknown recipient
[Paris, 6 rue de Fürstenberg], 15 July 1863

« I am keeping the room and unable to get out »

EUR 2.200,-
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DELACROIX, Eugène (1798-1863)

Autograph letter signed “Eug Delacroix” to a friend
N.d.n.p, Tuesday evening, 1 p. 1/2 in-8

“I would very much regret not being able to meet you”

EUR 900,-
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DELEUZE, Gilles (1925-1995)

First draft autograph manuscript with corrections
N.d.n.p (c. 1985), 1 p. in-4 numbered “8”

“It is probably necessary to go back to Lukács, whose History and Class Consciousness already posed the question of a new subjectivity”

EUR 1.400,-
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DERAIN, André (1880-1954)

Autograph letter signed « A Derain » to a gentleman
Lisieux, 31st May 1915, 1 p. in-4°

« I have been very abandoned from painting circles, I even wonder if I will ever do some again »

EUR 1.900,-
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DORGELES, Roland (1885-1973)

Autograph letter signed “Roland Dorgeles” to Albert Dubeux
Montsaunes, s.d [le 15 avril]

“You were doing a literature class for future movie stars. They need it damn much!”

EUR 190,-
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DORVAL, Marie (1798-1849)

Autograph letter signed “Marie Dorval” to a doctor friend
20 April 1825, 1 p. ½ in-8

“You seemed to want to see les Enfants d’Edouard

EUR 500,-
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DOSTOEVSKY, Fyodor (1821-1881)

Period albumen print by Vezenberg & Co – St Petersburg
1875, mounted on thin cardboard in the photographer’s credit, namecard format

Legendary and extremely scarce portrait of the author of Crime and Punishment

EUR 6.000,-
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DUMAS, Alexandre fils (1824-1895)

Autograph letter signed “A Dumas” to an unknown recipient
N.d.n.p [Paris], 5 pages in-8 on two double sheets

“They send me back to my Dame aux camélias, to my cocottes”

EUR 600,-
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ELUARD, Paul (1895-1952)

Autograph manuscript signed « Paul Eluard »
N.p.n.d, 1 p. in-4

« Poetry is a reflection of the world. What I say is what I see and I must necessarily find an echo in the hearts of my fellow men »

EUR 3.400,-
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ELUARD, Paul (1895-1952)

Autograph letter signed “Votre Eluard” to Joe Bousquet
[Arosa 4th November 1928], 4 pages in-4, autograph envelope attached

“Day by day, my body eats my head. I can’t wait to leave this place. Too many nerves, too many nightmares”

EUR 6.800,-
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FLAUBERT, Gustave (1821-1880)

Autograph letter signed « Gus Flaubert » to Jules Sandeau
[Paris], Monday morning [14 December 1863], 1 p. in-8vo

« I’m not going to see you because I guess you’re in all the embarrassment of a Premiere »

EUR 1.200,-
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FLAUBERT, Gustave (1821-1880)

Autograph letter signed « Ton G. » to Louise Colet
[Croisset] Satursday evening [26th June 1852.], 4 pp. in-4, with autograph envelope

“Bovary knocks me out”

EUR 18.000,-
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FLAUBERT, Gustave (1821-1880)

Autograph letter to his mistress Louise Colet
[Rouen], Wednesday, 2 pm [2nd December 1846], 3 p. in-8°

« I’m not made for happiness, maybe not even for love »

EUR 20.000,-
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FOUCAULT, Michel (1926-1984)

Autograph letter signed “M Foucault” to Claude Bonnefoy
N.p, 14th December [1965], 1 page 1/4 in-4

“It was a challenge – it seems to me – to talk about Genet after Sartre”

EUR 1.500,-
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FRIESZ, Emile Othon (1879-1949)

Autograph manuscript
N.p, c. 1938, 4 pp. in-8°

« In art, let us not forget, fashion is the mask of death»

EUR 2.800,-
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GARCÍA LORCA, Federico (1898-1936)

Original drawing titled « Poesia »
N.p.n.d, 1 p. in-8° on double folio, extracted from a book

Touching drawing of the poet soberly titled « Poesia »

EUR 15.000,-
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GARNIER, Charles (1825-1898)

Autograph letter signed “Ch. Garnier” to Léonce Detroyat
[Paris, c. 1885] 1 page in-8 on laid paper

“I am not asking you to forgive me”

EUR 120,-
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GAUGUIN, Paul (1848-1903)

Autograph letter signed « Paul Gauguin » to Daniel de Monfreid
[Tahiti], November 1895, 3 p. 1/4 p. in-4°

« Every night frenzied girls invade my bed; yesterday I had three to function »

EUR 55.000,-
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GAUTIER, Théophile (1811-1872)

Autograph poem signed « Théophile Gautier »
[N.p.n.d], 1 p. in-8° in black ink on blue laid paper

« And on the mournful, doleful hill / I see my final dwelling-place »

EUR 6.500,-
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GENET, Jean (1910-1986)

Fragment of an autograph poem
N.p.n.d [Paris, prison de la Santé – 1943], 1/4 p. in4°

« My quail bundled up, crushed under my fingers »

EUR 3.200,-
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GENET, Jean (1910-1986)

Autograph manuscript (first draft)
N.p.n.d [1971], 4 p. 1/2 in-4°

« The target remained the same: a Negro who thinks, who writes what he thinks, whose book is the announcement and preparation of a black revolution »

EUR 4.500,-
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GENEVOIX, Maurice (1890-1980)

Autograph letter signed “Maurice Genevoix” à un confrère
Châteauneuf s/ Loire (Loiret), 24 January 1927, 1 page in-4

“I’m lazy enough to, when I work, only be able to work”

EUR 300,-
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GIDE, André (1869-1951)

Autograph letter signed “André Gide” to Muni
[Antibes, 6th July 1949], 1/4 p. in-8, autograph enveloppe attached

“With my smiling tributes and my best memories”

EUR 250,-
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GIDE, André (1869-1951)

Autograph letter signed “André Gide” to Muni
[Paris] 29th December 1950, 1 p. in-8, autograph envelope attached

“An eloquence that touches me in the best place of the heart”

EUR 600,-
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GIDE, André (1869-1951)

Autograph card signed “André Gide” to Michel Levesque
La Souco, 14th February [19]30, 1 page in-12 on the verso of a postcard

“I’ll see if there’s still a copy of Un Esprit non prévenu…”

EUR 450,-
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GIDE, André (1869-1951)

Autograph letter signed “André Gide” to Joseph Billiet
Cuverville, 15th MArch 1919, 2 p. 1/2 in-4

“It is about finding happiness beyond, beyond distress”

EUR 950,-
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GONCOURT (de), Edmond (1822-1896)

Autograph letter signed “Edmond de Goncourt” to a dear friend
N.p.n.d [1895], 1/2 in-8 on laid paper

“I am forced to attend the performance for the benefit of Mrs. Crosnier”

EUR 250,-
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GONCOURT (de), Edmond (1822-1896)

Autograph letter signed « Edmond de Goncourt » to a lady
Saint Gratien, 21 7bre [September] [18]90, 2 p. in-8

« I don’t know anything except that Mrs Strauss does sports and turf in the water towns »

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GONCOURT (de), Edmond (1822-1896)

Autograph letter signed « Edmond de Goncourt » to Charles-Philippe de Chennevières-Pointel
N.p, 5th February [18]87, 1/2 p. in-8° with autograph envelope

« The laziness of old age digs separations between people made by their taste for art »

EUR 300,-
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GONCOURT (de), Jules (1830-1870)

Autograph letter signed « J. de Goncourt » to a lady
Château de St Gratien, 29th July  [18]68, 1 p. in-8°

« We are very sensitive to the testimony of affection that you give us »

EUR 350,-
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GOUNOD, Charles (1818-1893)

Autograph letter signed “Ch. Gounod” to Jules Delsart
N.p, 29 January 1889, 1 p. 1/4 in-8

“I do not feel the courage to go thursday night to hear you and applaud you”

EUR 350,-
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HAHN, Reynaldo (1874-1947)

14 autograph letters signed correspondence to Juliette Massenet
Paris and Versailles, between 1901 and 1926, 26 p. in various formats

“I am too flattered by my Master’s desire not to make available to you my mediocre piano faculties”

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HUGO, Victor (1802-1885)

Autograph poem signed « V.H. »
N.d.n.p, 1 page oblong in-4, brown ink
Bespoke framing

“The poet, inspired when the earth ignores…”

EUR 4.200,-
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HUGO, Victor (1802-1885)

Autograph letter signed “Victor Hugo” to a critic
28 January [1870], H[auteville] H[ouse], [Guernesey], 1 p. in-4

“I dedicate, like Aeschylus, my works to time”

EUR 6.000,-
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HUGO, Victor (1802-1885)

Original photograph by Pierre Petit
Period albumen print (1861). Name card format

The very first photograph of Victor Hugo with a beard

EUR 350,-
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HUGO, Victor (1802-1885)

Autograph letter signed « V.H. » to pastor Nathanaël Martin-Dupont
Hauteville House, 3 7bre [September 1868], 1 p. in-12° on mourning paper

« The great soul who is in great clarity sees that I am crying, and knows that I’m hoping »

EUR 1.800,-
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HUGO, Victor (1802-1885)

Autograph letter signed “Victor H” à Joséphine Trébuchet
Brussels, 19th December [1851], 1 page in-8 on double sheet

“I fought for the right, for the truth, for the righteous, for the people, for France”

EUR 9.500,-
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HUGO, Victor (1802-1885)

Autograph notes
[Paris, 1883], on the back of an envelope addressed to him

Moving intimate document of the great man in the last years of his life

EUR 1.400,-
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HUGO, Victor (1802-1885)

Autograph fragments for a satirical poem
S.l.n.d [Guernesey, 1870], two teared strips in-4°

« Brunet was once a clown. He was radiant / Above humans by dint of stupidity »

EUR 1.400,-
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HUGO, Victor (1802-1885)

Draft of an autograph poem
N.p.n.d [Guernesey, 1859], 1 p. in-8° (140 x 145 cm)

« Never mind O traitor! at point-blank range my book shoots you! »

EUR 9.500,-
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INDY, Vincent d’ (1851-1931)

Set of 3 autograph letters signed, including 2 to Georges Hartmann
France, Belgium and Italy, between 1872 and 1900, 5 pages in-8 et in-12

I am in the middle of the final

EUR 350,-
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INDY, Vincent d’ (1851-1931)

Autograph letter signed “Vincent d’Indy“, enhanced with autograph CV
Bruxelles, 24th November 1896, 5 p. 1/2 small in-8

So I’m just sending you a very simple story of organist, timbalier, conductor of hearts, composer…”

EUR 350,-
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INGRES, Jean-Auguste-Dominique (1780-1867)

Autograph letter signed “Ingres” to M. Beroggi
N.d.n.p, Saturday, 1 p. in-12

“Our modest dinner next Monday, with too unworthy accompaniment of a Haydn Sonata”

EUR 1.200,-
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JACOB, Max (1876-1944)

Autographe letter signed « Le pauvre Jacob » to a friend
N.p.n.d, 1/2 p. in-4°

« So I wrote to Claudel to bring him Paul’s Adventure »

EUR 280,-
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JACOB, Max (1876-1944)

Autograph letter signed “Max” to Maurice Morel
St Benoît sur Loire, 23 September [19]43, 1 p. in-4, envelope attached

“There is no madness in hope”

EUR 450,-
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JACOB, Max (1876-1944)

Autograph letter signed “Max Jacob” to a colleague
St. Benoît sur Loire, 5th Januar 1927, 1 p. in-4

“I don’t write much prose anymore… “

EUR 350,-
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JARRY, Alfred (1873-1907)

Autograph letter signed « Alfred Jarry » to Alfred Valette
Laval, 31 janv[ier] [19]07, 4 pp. in-12

« It’s strange how physical health is intimately linked to the health issue.… phynances »

EUR 4.000,-
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KEROUAC, Jack (1922-1969)

Typed letter signed twice « Jack » and « Jack Kerouac » to Granville H. Jones
[Northport, New York, 22 November 1960] 2 p. in-4°, with enveloppe

« It is the only thing too that has made me happy in three years, since the publication of On the Road and the subsequent sickeningness of ‘being famous’ »

EUR 35.000,-
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LAWRENCE, David Herbert (1885-1930)

Autograph letter signed “DH Lawrence” to George Conway
Hôtel Beau Rivage, Bandol, 29th December 1928, 2 p. in-8vo, with envelope

« We have lived too long to be shocked by words any more »

EUR 9.000,-
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LISZT, Franz (1811-1886)

Original photograph by Julien Ganz
Period albumen print (1882), cabinet format

Striking and unpublished portrait of the musician

EUR 3.200,-
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LONDON, Jack (1876-1916)

Autograph letter to Charmian Kittredge
Aboard the S.S. Siberia, 13th January 1904, 4 p. in-8, in english

“What wild dreams I had! And you were in all of them”

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LORRAIN, Jean (1855-1906)

Autograph letter signed “Jean Lorrain”, to a friend
Auteuil [no date], 2 pages in-12 oblong

“Would you like to come to Auteuil for lunch?”

EUR 280,-
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LOUŸS, Pierre (1870-1925)

Set of 4 autograph letters signed “P” and 2 autograph manuscripts
Villa Velléda [Bassin d’Arcachon, c. 1912], 15 pages in-12

“In the smile of the Mona Lisa, I have never seen any enigma, nothing but concealment”

EUR 950,-
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LUBICZ-MILOSZ, Oscar Venceslas de (1877-1939)

Autograph letter signed “Votre Milosz” to a friend and poet
S.l.n.d (Monday), 2 pages in-8

“I am at ease to be able to attach to this fold a final copy of the XVII Poems”

EUR 250,-
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MALIBRAN, Maria (1808-1836)

Autograph letter signed « Maria » to Louis Viardot
[Brussels, 18th March 1832], 1 p. 1/4 in-4°

« Next Saturday Mrs. Malibran and Mr. de Bériot will be heard in a Concert given by them at the Grand Théâtre »

EUR 4.000,-
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MALRAUX, André (1901-1976)

Autograph letter signed « André Malraux » to a critic
Np, 30th [1933], 1 page in-8

“I understand, of course, the mistrust that a book about China can inspire”

EUR 1.900,-
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MALRAUX, André (1901-1976)

Autograph letter signed « And. Malraux » to Ventura García Calderón
Marrakech, 21st April [1952], 2 pages in-8, l’Hôtel de la Mamounia à Marrakech letterhead

“I have long thought that in literature any personal attack is futile”

EUR 950,-
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MARTIN DU GARD, Roger (1881-1958)

Autograph letter signed « Roger Martin du Gard » to a critic
Porquerolles, 30th June 1922, 6 pp. in-8°

« Les Thibault will prove nothing; there is no theoretical conflict of ideas »

EUR 3.900,-
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MARTIN DU GARD, Roger (1881-1958)

Autograph letter signed “Roger Martin du Gard” to a friend
Nice, 21st Nov[ember] [19]36, 3 p. in-8

“I have a great chance in my misfortune: it is to have you !”

EUR 300,-
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MASSENET, Jules (1842-1912)

Set of 10 letters to his spouse Constance de Gressy
[Paris, year 1906], 29 pages in-8

“Excellent rehearsal of Ariane and Thérèse! I am absolutely satisfied; very seriously happy; I can’t wait to have them shown !!! It’s beautiful!”

EUR 1.900,-
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MAUPASSANT (de), Guy (1850-1893)

Autograph letter signed « Guy de Maupassant »  to a gentleman
N.p.n.d [Cannes, after 1885], 1 p. in-12 on his letterhead Bel-Ami

“I will choose a dark day to be sure to find you”

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MAUPASSANT, Guy de (1850-1893)

Period albumen print by Benque & Co
[c. 1885], mounted on thick cardboard, cabinet format (10,5 x 15,4 cm)

Very scarce portrait of the novelist by Benque & Co

EUR 3.500,-
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MERMOZ, Jean (1901-1936)

Autograph poem titled « Ciel »
S.l.n.d, 1 p. in-4°

« I was slowly following the path of My Life / Far from the World lost and drowned in Envy »

EUR 4.200,-
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MODIGLIANI, Amedeo (1884-1920)

Autograph letter signed « Modigliani » to art dealer Léopold Zborowski
[Nice, New year’s eve 31th December 1918], 2 pp. in-8°

« I sold all the paintings. Send the money quickly. Champagne flows »

EUR 28.000,-
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NADAR JEUNE, Adrien Tournachon (1825-1903)

Autograph letter signed “Adrien” to Alcide-Joseph Lorentz
[Paris], 6 January 1858, 1 p. in-8 à with embossed letterhead

“I have urgent matter to deal with…”

EUR 650,-
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NADAR, Félix Tournachon, dit (1820-1910)

Autograph letter signed « Nadar » to Ernest Vaughan from journal L’Aurore
Marseille, 26 8bre [October] [18]99, 2 page in-12

« And then I no longer see Clemenceau in my Aurore »

EUR 450,-
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NADAR, Félix Tournachon, dit (1820-1910)

Autograph letter signed on letter-head “Nadar” to Mayor of 8th arrondissement of Paris
Paris, 17 January 1883, 1/2 p. in-8

“Mr. Nadar has the honour to present his respects…”

EUR 300,-
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NÉMIROVSKY, Irène (1903-1942)

Autograph card signed « Irène Némirovsky » to Robert Chauvelot
Paris, 30th May 1933, 2 p. small in-8°

« Would you like to give me the great pleasure of coming to my house on Saturday […] have a cup of tea, in privacy, in the Russian way? »

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NERVAL (de), Gérard (1808-1855)

Autograph letter signed « Gérard de Nerval » to Arsène Houssaye
[N.p], March 1850, 1/2 p. in-8 on bi-folio, autograph address on verso

« Ladies’ stalls or small lodges »

EUR 2.800,-
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NERVAL (de), Gérard (1808-1855)

Autograph letter signed « Gérard de Nerval » à Pierre Bocage
N.p [Paris], 19th October 1852, 1 p. in-8°

« It seems to me that the cause is not lost »

EUR 3.500,-
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PELADAN, Joséphin (1858-1918)

Autograph letter signed ‘Peladan‘ to Gabriel Mourey
[Paris, 18th April 1888], 1 page in-8 on yellow paper

“I said, my dear friend, that we send you the new Aurevilly”

EUR 500,-
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PELADAN, Joséphin (1858-1918)

Autograph letter signed ‘Peladan’ to Gabriel Mourey
[Hyères, 21st February 1888], 1 page in-8 on yellow paper

“having to deliver Istar soon enough”

EUR 400,-
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PERET, Benjamin (1899-1959)

Autograph letter signed « Benjamin Peret » to René Alleau
Paris, 12th February 1958, 1 p. in-4

These failures are inherent to my condition as an independent and revolted intellectual….”

EUR 1.200,-
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PICABIA, Francis (1879-1953)

Autograph letter signed “Francis Picabia” to a gentleman
Paris, 27th November 1938, 1 p. in-4

“It is impossible for me to exhibit at your place”

EUR 900,-
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POTOCKI, Jan (1761-1815)

Autograph letter signed “Jean Potocki” to Firmin Didot
Uladowka, 1st November [1814], 1 p. in-4

“You have received the first book of my Principles of Chronology for the Twelve Centuries Leading Up to the Olympiads”

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PROUST, Jeanne WEIL (1849-1905)

[5th December 1904], original period film print. Round photography (159 mm diameter), mounted on thick paper frame in the photographer’s name.

One of the last portraits of Jeanne Weil Proust, less than a year before her death

EUR 3.500,-
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PROUST, Marcel (1871-1922)

Autograph letter signed « Marcel Proust » to Robert de Billy
[Paris, second half of July, 1907] 5 pages in-8°

But isn’t it enough that you are the appearance to rejoice a heart that flees from the truth?”

EUR 11.000,-
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PROUST, Marcel (1871-1922)

Original photography by Paul Boyer
Period albumin print (circa 1891). Name card format

Very scarce original photograph of young Marcel Proust

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PSICHARI, Ernest (1883-1914)

Autograph letter signed « Ernest Psichari » to Maurice Reclus
Paris, 11th June 1902, 8 p. in-folio

« My only intention was, I swear, to couple words adrift, with harmony and rarity, as much as possible »

EUR 2.900,-
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PUCCINI, Giacomo (1858-1924)

Autograph letter signed « G Puccini » to Antonio Bettolacci
N.p.n.d [Torre del Lago, c. 1900], 3 p. in-8°, in Italian

« I have to refine the bells of Tosca »

EUR 1.900,-
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QUENEAU, Raymond (1903-1976)

Autograph letter signed “Queneau” to Hugues Fouras
S.L, 5 February 1959, 1 page in-8 with Nrf letterhead

“Time has passed”

EUR 150,-
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RENOIR, Pierre-Auguste (1841-1919)

Autograph letter signed “Renoir” to Paul Bérard
Naples, Saturday 26th [November 1881], 3 pages in-12

“I have tried it all, painting with gasoline, wax, siccative…”

EUR 8.500,-
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RILKE, Rainer Maria (1875-1926)

Autograph letter signed « RM Rilke » to Eduard Korrodi
[Glion] 20 March 1926, 8 p. in-8° in blue ink

« The feeling of this pure and grandiose landscape from which had come to me, in years of solitude and concentration, an incessant and inexhaustible help »

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RIMBAUD, Arthur (1854-1891)

Autograph manuscript signed twice « Rimbaud », to Armand Savouré
Harar, 30 March 1890, 1/2 p. in-4°

Unpublished receipt from Harar intended to Armand Savouré, the last before Rimbaud ceased all activity with him

EUR 45.000,-
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RIMBAUD, Arthur (1854-1891)

Autograph letter signed « Rimbaud » to his family
Aden, 10th September 1884, 4 pp. in-8° on laid paper

« I will not live nor die quietly »

EUR 185.000,-
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SADE, Donatien-Alphonse-François, Marquis de (1740-1814)

Autograph letter signed “de Sade” to his aunt Gabrielle-Eléonore de Sade
N.p, 22nd April [1790], 3 pp. in-8vo

My room was searched and I lost everything… precious works, the fruit of fifteen years’ work, I have saved nothing… and all this through the fault of those wretched rascals whom I hope God will one day avenge me”

EUR 17.000,-
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SAINT-SAENS, Camille (1835-1921)

Autograph letter signed « C. Saint S » [to Louis Gallet]
S.l, 5 February, 2 p. in-4°

« This piece did not amuse me to do »

EUR 1.600,-
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SAND, George (1804-1876)

Autograph letter signed « G.S. » to Eugène Delacroix
[Nohant, 13 August 1843], 4 p. in-8°, autograph address on fourth folio

« I no longer exist, I told you. It’s been three years since I died, having committed suicide voluntarily to prevent myself from dying and not to drag a ridiculous agony »

EUR 9.500,-
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SAND, George (1804-1876)

Autograph letter signed « GS » to Eugène Delacroix
[Paris, c. 1842], 1 p. in-8

« If you can come and dine with us at Mrs. Marliani’s, you will make us all a great pleasure »

EUR 1.500,-
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SAND, George (1804-1876)

Autograph letter signed « George Sand » to Eugène Delacroix
[Nohant], 1st December [18]52, 2 p. in-8

« I understand you well, to absorb yourself in the serious and continuous drunkenness of creation »

EUR 3.800,-
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SAND, George (1804-1876)

Autograph letter to Eugène Delacroix
Nohant, 25 Xbre [December] [18]52, 4 pp. in-8°

« What a time of bitterness and melancholy for the poor artists seeking ideals on this earth ! »

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SAND, George (1804-1876)

Autograph letter signed “GSand” [to Paul Porel]
Nohant, May 28 [18]76, 1 page in-8 in black ink

One of George Sand’s last letters, a few days before her death

EUR 2.800,-
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SARTRE, Jean-Paul (1905-1980)

Autograph letter signed “J.P Sartre”  to Georges Agiman
N.p, 17th October 1957, 1/2 page in-folio

“La putain respectueuse”

EUR 700,-
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SIGNAC, Paul (1863-1935)

Autograph letter signed « P.S. » to Henry van de Velde
N.p.n.d (c. 1911-1912), 1 p. 1/2 in -8°

« Since the death of my dear mother, I have deferred to those who, like her, never do me so much good »

EUR 850,-
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TCHAÏKOVSKI, Piotr Ilitch (1840-1893)

Original photography by Alfred Lorens, S. Petersbourg
Period albumen print (1874). Name card format

Superb portrait of the Russian composer

EUR 2.500,-
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TOULOUSE-LAUTREC (de), Henri (1864-1901)

Autograph letter signed « Your boy H » to his mother Adèle Zoë Tapié de Céleyran
[Villiers-sur-Morin, fall 1886], 4 p. in-12

« I fly from ladder to ladder »

EUR 4.800,-
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TURGENEV, Ivan (1818-1883)

Autograph letter signed « Y. Tourguenieff » to Princess Troubetzkoy
Courtavenel, 24th August 1857, 1 p. in-8°

« I would have arrived without warning »

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VALÉRY, Paul (1871-1945)

Autograph letter signed « Paul Valéry » to a friend
N.p [Paris], 27th August 1942, 2 pages in-8, Institut de France letterhead

“I am becoming, by the force of things – a literary man!”

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VERDI, Giuseppe (1813-1901)

Autograph letter signed « GVerdi » to M. Cartier
Busseto, 25th July 1898, 1 p. in-8°

« I hasten to send you the signature you are asking me for »

EUR 1.750,-
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VERDI, Giuseppe (1813-1901)

Autograph letter signed « GVerdi »
Genova, 18 febb. [February] 1890, 1 p. in-8° on bi-folio

« Sia fatta la volontà sua »

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VERLAINE, Paul (1844-1896)

Autograph letter signed “Paul Verlaine” to his mistress Philomène Boudin
London, [25th November 1893], 3 p. in-8

“Do not worry about other women. Moreover, London brought me misfortune 20 years ago in this respect”

EUR 3.200,-
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VERLAINE, Paul (1844-1896)

Autograph letter signed “P Verlaine” to Jules Tellier
Paris, 19 July 1887, 4 pages in-12 on two separate sheets

“There is even a very good cabaret at the end of Campo Santo that Baudelaire would have liked…”

EUR 3.200,-
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VERLAINE, Paul (1844-1896)

Original albumin print mounted on thin card
Lymington, 1879. 
Name card format (100 x 60 mm).
 Ex-dono autograph by Verlaine on verso

Unpublished portrait which has never been reproduced or reported on Verlaine’s main iconographic collections

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VERLAINE, Paul (1844-1896)

Autograph letter signed « P. Verlaine », attached with an autograph poem signed, to Émile Bally
Paris, 31st January 1894, 3 p. in-12

« I am sending you a little poem that you will kindly give to Mr London »

EUR 2.800,-
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VERLAINE, Paul (1844-1896)

Corrected proofs for Bonheur by Paul Verlaine, accompanied with an autograph letter signed about the poem collection
[Léon VANIER] Paris, Léon Vanier, 1891, in-12°

“Jester! my books are selling well, and how nice it would be if they finally gave me a small rent while making your phortune to you”

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VERLAINE, Paul (1844-1896)

Original photograph of Paul Verlaine by Otto Wegener
[Paris, 1893], cabinet format (10,8 x 16,8 cm)

Famous portrait of the poet in preparation for his candidacy for the Académie Française

EUR 2.200,-
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VERLAINE, Paul (1844-1896)

Autograph letter signed « P Verlaine » to Jules Rais
[Paris] 39 rue Descartes, 2 January [18]96, 1 p. in-12° on laid paper

« I’m writing to you so little and so badly »

EUR 2.000,-
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VERLAINE, Paul (1844-1896)

Original photograph of Paul Verlaine by Paul Marsan, known as Dornac
[Paris, 28 May 1892], 135 x 180 mm

Timeless portrait of Verlaine, sitting on a bench at café François 1er, in front of a large glass of absinthe

EUR 3.500,-
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VERLAINE, Paul (1844-1896)

Autograph letter signed « PV » [to Charles Morice]
Coulommes, wednesday (September or October 1884) ; 1 page in-8

“How annoying it is to run out of bones”

EUR 2.800,-
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VERLAINE, Paul (1844-1896)

Autograph card signed « P. Verlaine » to Edmond Lepelletier
Aix-les-Bains, 2nd September evenning [1889], 1 p. in-12

« I live as a savage »

EUR 2.200,-
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VIGNY (de), Alfred (1797-1863)

Autograph poem signed « Alfred »
N.p.n.d, 1 p. in-folio

Nice autograph poem signed from his early years

EUR 1.200,-
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VILMORIN, Louise de (1902-1969)

Autograph manuscript signed “Louise de Vilmorin” 
N.p, [Hôpital Américain, Neuilly-sur-Seine], 14th June 1952, 2 p. 1/2 in-4

“The sad and wonderful stories of Gérard de Nerval are the work of an explorer of sorrow”

EUR 2.500,-
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VLAMINCK, Maurice de (1876-1958)

Autograph letter signed “Vlaminck” to an unknown recipient
2nd January 1946, 1 p. in-4

“I have nothing against your exhibition project…”

EUR 220,-
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VLAMINCK, Maurice de (1876-1958)

Autograph letter signed “Vlaminck” to Lucien Descaves
La Tourillière, Rueil-la-Gadelière (Eure-et-Loir) 20 April 1931, 2 pages in-8

About his next book, Poliment

EUR 350,-
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WEIL, Simone (1909-1943)

Autograph letter signed “Simone Weil” to Henri Guilbeaux
Auxerre [Autumn 1932], 1 p. in-4to

“At the moment, I am, of course, extremely worried about the comrades in Berlin”

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ZOLA, Alexandrine (1839-1925)

Autograph letter signed « Alexandrine Zola » to Gabriel Thyébaut
[Paris], 8 February [18]84, 1 p. 1/2 small in-8°

« Would you like to make me the favor, to my husband and myself, to come to dinner on Thursday, February 14? »

EUR 250,-
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ZOLA, Alexandrine (1839-1925)

Autograph letter signed « Alexandrine Zola » to Gabriel Thyébaut
[Paris], 7 8bre [octobre] 1906, 8 pp. in-8° à l’encre violette sur papier de deuil

« I always think I die at every step, when I go up to this study in which life has also gone, and whose inscription on the hood of the fireplace remains : « ‘Nulla dies sine linea’ »

EUR 1.500,-
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ZOLA, Emile (1840-1902)

Autograph letter signed « Emile Zola » to the journal L’Avenir national
Paris, 12th June 1865, 2 p. 1/2  in-8, Librairie Hachette & Cie letterhead

« You have kindly promised me your support, and I commend myself to you »

EUR 1.300,-
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