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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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[DUMAS] FERRIER, Ida (1780-1857)

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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[MASSENET, Jules] CHARPENTIER, Gustave (1860-1956)

Set of 10 autograph letters signed to Jules Massenet
N.p, between 1900 and 1906, 16 pages, various formats, mainly in-8 and in-12

The sunny music of Manon takes me above the clever buildings, and the splendid domes, which I admire so much yet

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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] 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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[VERLAINE] ÉCHAUPRE, Gabriel (18– / 19–)

Autograph letter signed “Gabriel Echaupre” to Edmond Lepelletier, Editor-in-Chief of the Echo of Paris
Paris, 25 August 1896., 4 pp. in-8 on letterhead

“Verlaine asked me what I thought of his contracts with Vanier, and if he could finally break his pact of misery”

EUR 350,-
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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 6.500,-
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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, 4 pp.
Librairie Vanier, n°244 – Paris 19 quai St Michel

Famous and nice original 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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ARAGON, Louis (1897-1982)

Autograph letter signed “Louis” to André Rousseaux
N.p, 24th July [1943], 1 page in-8

You will certainly see the author of “Poésie et Vérité” during your trip”

EUR 650,-
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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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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 » tp 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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BARTÓK, Béla (1881-1945)

Autograph letter signed “Béla Bartók”
Budapest, 10th April 1932, 3 p. in-8

Long letter by Bartók who settles his accounts with his correspondent

EUR 1.900,-
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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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BEAUVOIR, Simone de (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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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”

EUR 2.300,-
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BIZET, Georges (1838-1875)

Autograph letter signed “Georges Bizet” to his friend Emmanuel Jadin
N.p.n.d [After 1863], 1 p. in-4 on onion paper

“The music finished, you go out, you wait, I appear !!!!!!!!!!!!!”

EUR 1.300,-
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BOULEZ, Pierre (1925-2016)

Autograoh signed card to André Dubois
[Marseille, 24 april 1854], 1 page in-8

“In 2 hours we leave to other heavens”

EUR 600,-
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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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CELINE, Louis-Ferdinand (1894-1961)

Autograph letter signed « LF Celine » to Jean-Louis Tixier-Vignancour
[Klarskovgaard], 2nd [of May 1951], 6 and half pages, in-folio, laid paper

“I won’t be tricking to fuck french justice up the arse”

EUR 2.800,-
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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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CENDRARS, Baise (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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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, François-René de (1768-1848)

Autograph manuscript signed “Chateaubriand”
N.d.n.p, 1 page in-8 on double sheet, bespoke framing

“Fallen Rome offers asylum to fallen powers”

 

EUR 4.200,-
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CHATEAUBRIAND, François-René de (1768-1848)

Autograph letter signed “Chateaubriand” to a lady
S.l, 4 February 1822, 1 p. 1/4 in-8

“Madam, I will be very happy to take care of the box for London”

EUR 950,-
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CHATEAUBRIAND, François-René de (1768-1848)

Autograph letter signed “Chateaubriand” to Delphine de Girardin
Paris, 1st July 1833, 1 p. 1/2 in-4

“These people who call themselves laughing and not mean are, however, great traitors”

EUR 1.500,-
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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 letter signed “Jean Cocteau” to Louis Bonalumi
St Jean Cap-Ferrat, 29th May 1954, 1 p. in-4, autograph envelope attached

“One of my beautiful illustrated books that we always forget in the bibliography

EUR 450,-
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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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DAUDET, Alphonse (1840-1897)

Autograph name card signed “Alph. Daudet” to Henry Houssaye
[Paris, 13 June 1884], 1 p. in-24, autograph enveloppe attached

“I would be foolish and susceptible…”

EUR 220,-
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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 lady
N.p, “le 23”, 1 p. in-8

“I was about to write to Mad. de Forget…”

EUR 1.000,-
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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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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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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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ELSSLER, Fanny (1810-1884)

Autograph letter signed “Fanny Elssler” to M. Eli
N.p, le 12 August 1826, 1/2 p. in-8

“Don’t blame me too much “

EUR 700,-
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ELUARD, Paul (1895-1952)

Autograph poem signed “Paul Eluard
N.d.n.p [c. 1925-1926], 1 page in-4 (240 x 240 mm)

“Cruelty is knotted and agile sweetness unravels”

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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

“And we are everywhere where the sky of others rises. Wherever the refusal to live is useless”

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

Autograph letter signed « Gve Flaubert » to Paul Meurice
[Paris, late April 1857], 1 page in-8 on double sheet laid paper, black ink

“A novel which I’m asking you to to send to Mr Hugo”

EUR 19.000,-
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FOUCAULT, Michel (1826-1984)

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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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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GAUTIER, Théophile (1811-1872)

Autograph letter signed “Théophile Gautier” to Arsène Houssaye
S.l, 6 September 1855, 1 p. in-8

“I would like to get from your kindness a lodge for today’s performance”

EUR 400,-
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GENEVOIX, Maurice (1890-1980)

Autograph quote signed “Maurice Genevoix”
N.d.n.p,
1/2 p. in-4

“In that summer of 1914, in the bright daylight when the bell tower of my childhood trembled at the beat of the tocsin”

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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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GEORGE, Marguerite-Joséphine Weymer, dite Mademoiselle (1787-1867)

Autograph letter signed“George” to king Louis-Philippe 1er
Paris, 22 May 1840, 2 pages in-4

“With an elite troupe, I embark on a great dramatic journey, which will spread the study and taste of the masterpieces of French theatre abroad”

EUR 220,-
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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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GIONO, Jean (1895-1970)

Autograph letter signed « Jean Giono » to the chief editor of Carrefour journal
[Manosque], 4th October 1948, 2 pages in-8

“Not that I believe in the superior excellence of what I write”

EUR 650,-
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GONCOURT, Edmond de (1822-1896)

Autograph letter signed “Edmond de Goncourt” to a lady
N.p.n.d, 1 p. in-8 on bifolio

“I send you in front of me an article on the Goncourt that will amuse you”

EUR 300,-
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GONCOURT, Edmond de (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, Edmond de (1822-1896)

Rare photographic portrait of Edmond de Goncourt
Circa 1885, glued on ivory cardboard, 16.5 cm x 10.5 cm

EUR 180,-
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GONCOURT, Jules de (1830-1870)

Autograph letter signed “J. de Goncourt” to Édouard Dentu
S.l, 26 February [18]57, 1/2 page in-8

“Charles Expilly […] published in the newspaper Le Pays an interesting study on Brazil”

EUR 200,-
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GONCOURT, Jules de (1830-1870)

Autograph letter signed “Edmond et Jules de Goncourt”, by Jules’s hand
23 March 1853, 1 p. in-8

When we showed up there, about eight days ago, the plague was very large formed”

EUR 250,-
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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”

EUR 2.000,-
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HAHN, Reynaldo (1874-1947)

Autograph letter signed “Hahn” to Léon Bessand
S.l [25, avenue de Villiers à Paris, 1892], 4 p. in-12 oblong with envelope

“Although robust and powerful in appearance, I’m not very strong”

EUR 350,-
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HUGO, Adèle mère (1803-1868)

Autograph letter signed « Adèle et le V. Victor Hugo » to her dear cousin
N.p.n.d, 1 page in-8 on double sheet

EUR 220,-
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HUGO, Victor (1802-1885)

Autograph letter to Delphine de Girardin
Marine Terrace [Jersey] 2nd May [1854], 4 pages small in-8

“I will not put myself behind a mask the day I put myself behind a barricade”

EUR 5.500,-
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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 H” to Delphine de Girardin
S.l, Lundi [15th November 1847], 1 p. in-8

“We want to resurrect all Thursday at Cleopatra”

EUR 900,-
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HUGO, Victor (1802-1885)

Autograph letter signed “VH” to Delphine de Girardin
N.p.n.d, this Friday, 1 page small in-8

“I admire you and love you”

EUR 900,-
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HUGO, Victor (1802-1885)

Autograph letter signed “Victor H” to Delphine de Girardin
N.p.n.d, this Tuesday, 1 p. in-8 on bifolio

“The end of the week will not pass without me going to do penance and seek reparation at your feet”

EUR 950,-
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HUGO, Victor (1802-1885)

Autograph manuscript
N.d.n.p [Senate, March 1879] 1 page oblong in-12

“Who gives to the poor lend to God”

EUR 2.000,-
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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 « Victor Hugo » to Jules Janin
S.l., 10 November 1871, 1 p. in-8

“There is something of Horace in you and something from Diderot; we listen to you like the first and we love you like the second

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HUGO, Victor (1802-1885)

Original photograph by Melandri
Period albumin print (c. 1881). Cabinet card format

Nice portrait of the poet surrounded by his grandchildren

EUR 220,-
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HUYSMANS, Joris-Karl (1848-1907)

Autograph letter signed “JKHuysmans” to a colleague
N.d [1885], Paris, 1p 1/2 in-12 on laid paper

“Readers who generally prefer Mr Ohnet’s products to the pages of Flaubert and Goncourt”

EUR 450,-
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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)

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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KESSEL, Joseph (1898-1979)

Autograph manuscript signed – « Le Chant des partisans »
[N.d.n.p] one page in-8

Superb and rare manuscript of Kessel’s first lyrics from Le Chant des partistans, the French Resistance’s most popular song during World War II

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LAGERFELD, Karl (1933-2019)

Autograph letter signed “Karl Lagerfeld” to Charles Hochstetter
S.l, [Received on 7th June 1985], 1 page in-folio on bespoke stationery to his initials “KL”

“Only Louis XV, transition, and Louis XVI”

EUR 600,-
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LAMARTINE, Alphonse de (1790-1869)

Autograph letter signed “Lamartine” to a friend
N.p [4th April 1853], 3 pages in-8 on double sheet, original envelope

“I don’t know anything about Hugo other than that he’s in Jersey with his family at his studies”

EUR 500,-
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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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MAETERLINCK, Maurice (1862-1949)

Autograph card signed “Maeterlinck” to Edouard Dujardin
Lisbon, 3rd April 1940, 1 page in-8

“Let’s wait for less barbaric times”

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

Autograph letter signed “M.F.Malibran” to an editor of the newspaper Le National
N.p.n.d, 1 p. in-8, autograph address on 4th page, some remains of the sealing

“Exclusively occupied with the art I profess, it absorbs all my time and all my strength”

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MALLARMÉ, Stéphane (1842-1898)

Autograph card signed “Stéphane Mallarmé” to Aurélien-François Lugné-Poe
Paris, [11th] February [1895], 1 page 1/2 in-12

“You give me the pleasure of hearing you in advance…”

EUR 1.300,-
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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)

Typescript with autograph corrections
N.p [1937], 5 ff. 1/4 in-4

“I saw guys playing Basque pelota on the wall where the pieces of brains and hair of the prisoners were still hanging”

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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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MASSENET, Jules (1842-1912)

Set of 4 autograph letters signed to his son in-law Léon Bessand and the father of his
Paris, year 1906, 4 p. in-8 et in-12, with one autograph envelope

“If you still have the desire to attend a rehearsal before the General…”

EUR 550,-
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MAURIAC, François (1885-1970)

Autograph letter signed “FMauriac” to Louis Artus
[Paris], 31 Oct[ober 19]20, 4 p. in-8,autograph envelope attached

“I have not yet had time to heal from my youth”

EUR 600,-
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MAURIAC, François (1885-1970)

Autograph letter signed “Mauriac” to René Salomé
Vémars 7 Octover 1921, 1 p. in-12

“There isn’t, and there will never be good Catholic novels”

EUR 300,-
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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 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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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

All this would still be nothing since these failures are inherent in my condition as an independent and revolted intellectual….”

EUR 1.200,-
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PIAF, Édith (1915-1963)

Autograph letter signed in the text « Edith Piaf » and at the end « Pupuce » to Yves Montand
Bruxelles, 30 October [1945] 8 pages in-8

“You know the reasons which give me the right to have a weakness”

EUR 4.200,-
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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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POULENC, Francis (1899-1963)

Autograph card signed “Francis” to his / her “dear cellist angel
N.d.n.p, 1 p. in-8

I’m wise and aging”

EUR 450,-
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PROUST, Adrien (1834-1903)

[20th November 1886] Original albumen print from period. Cabinet format (147 x 106 mm), mounted on thick card in the photographer’s name.

Famous portrait of Dr. Adrien Proust who was then fifty-two years old

EUR 1.500,-
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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

“One day I got up to throw a dinner party at the Ritz !”

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

Typescript with autograph additions for the first edition of In the Shadow of Young Girls in Flower
One page in-12 oblong glued on in-4 laid paper

“I loved Gilberte too much not to find Swann’s relationships desirable”

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PROUST, Marcel (1871-1922)

Autograph letter signed “Marcel Proust” to Robert de Flers
[Paris, November 6, 7 or 8, 1913] (1) 4 pages in-8

“The total work will be called In Search of Lost Time”

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PROUST, Marcel (1871-1922)

Autograph letter signed « Marcel » to Robert de Flers
[Paris, 16th or 17th November 1913], 4 pp. in-4

«Keep in you the source of youthful memories»

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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

EUR 9.500,-
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PUCCINI, Giacomo (1958-1924)

Autograph card signed “da me” [from me] to his sister Ramelde Franceschini
[Milan, c. 19 June 1904], 1 p. in-8 oblong

“Parto oggi per Acqui pensaci nel cuore”

EUR 750,-
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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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QUENEAU, Raymond (1903-1976)

Autograph letter signed “Queneau” [to Michel Arrivé]
S.l, 21 February 1968, 1/2 page in-8, NRF letterhead

“Michel Leiris will talk to Picasso about the issue that concerns you”

 

EUR 250,-
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RÉCAMIER, Juliette (1777-1849)

Autograph letter signed “J Recamier” to a Monsieur
N.p, “Wednesday“, 1 page 1/4 in-12

“The slight help I can offer “

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

Autograph manuscript signed « Sade » to his notary Charles Gaufridy
[Asile de Charenton], 6th Fructidor an 13 (24th August 1805) 4 pages in-8

“I reserve myself the right to dispose of 800 f at my death to the individual…”

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SAINTE-BEUVE, Charles Augustin (1804-1869)

Autograph letter signed “SteBeuve” to a gentleman
17th 9bre [November] 1865

“Nodier, at least, says it in his Memories of the Revolution”

EUR 150,-
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SAND, George (1804-1876)

Autograph letter signed “George” to her friend Rozanne Bourgoing
[Paris, late November 1842], 6 pages in-4, her Gothic initials on letterhead

“La Revue de Paris is closed to me as Paradise is to the devil”

EUR 2.000,-
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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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SAND, George (1804-1876)

Autograph letter signed « GSand » to Gustave Flaubert
Paris, Friday [31st August 1866], 3 pages on double sheet in-8 with embossed initials

“I found Paris very small yesterday, while crossing the bridges”

EUR 4.800,-
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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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SUE, Eugène (1804-1857)

Autograph letter signed “Eugène Sue” to editor Pougin
Paris, n.d, 1 page in-8

“A proposal that I hope at least might be right for you”

EUR 220,-
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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, Henri de (1864-1901)

Autograph letter signed « Henri » to his grandmother, Madame Léonce Tapié de Celeyran
Npnd. [Paris, c. 28th December 1886]

“I undertook this year an absolutely serious task which is to work outside in Paris”

EUR 6.500,-
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VALÉRY, Paul (1871-1945)

Autograph letter signed « Paul Valéry » to Pierre Camo
Paris, 40 rue de Villejust, September 1923, 3 pages in-8

“Sending a kind of flower through the vain network of latitudes”

EUR 350,-
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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!”

EUR 450,-
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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 3.900,-
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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

EUR 12.500,-
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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)

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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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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ZOLA, Emile (1840-1902)

Autograph letter signed « Emile Zola » to Gustave Flaubert
Médan, 30th November [18]78, 4 pages in-8 on double sheet, black ink on laid paper

“My ambition is to show the whore’s daily life”

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