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[PRINCE IMPERIAL] BASSANO, Napoléon Maret, duc de (1803-1898)

Autograph letter signed « Duc de Bassano » to Maréchal de Mac-Mahon
Camden Place Chislehurst, 30th July 1879, mourning paper, 1 p. in-4

“Her Majesty the Empress was sensitive to the part that you and Madam Marshal have taken in the immense misfortune which so cruelly struck her heart”

EUR 400,-
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[SECOND EMPIRE / EUGENIE / BACCIOCHI] Marchal de Calvi (1815-1873)

Set of 3 documents regarding the last days of Comte Félix Bacciochi
1866, Palais des tuileries and Biarritz, 2 ALS of Marcal de Calvi and 1 telegraph dispatchde from Impératrice Eugénie, 1 p. in-4

“Anyone who sees the count for only ten minutes cannot have the idea of his sufferings”

EUR 350,-
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AFFAIRE DREYFUS

Large set concerning the Dreyfus Affair
1895 – 1930, 35 documents (Books, letters, noted, photoraphs etc)

“The truth is on the march and nothing will stop it”

EUR 20.000,-
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ARTOIS, Comte de Chambord, Henri d’ (1820-1883)

Two autograph letters signed “Henri” to Alexandre de Monti de Rezé
Frohsdorf, 1873, 3 p. in-8, with envelope

“Saving our unfortunate country, when the time is right”

EUR 1.200,-
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BABEUF, Gracchus (1760-1797)

Autograph letter signed “Babeuf” to his son, Robert Emile Babeuf
Pluviôse [probably handwritten between January 20th and February 8th 1797]

“It is by practising to suffer that one is able to receive with force all the pains of life”

EUR 2.300,-
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BERGSON, Henri (1859-1941)

Unpublished set of seven autograph letters signed to Felix Sartiaux
Paris, between 1916 and 1928, 19 pages 1/2 in-8

“The survival of the human personality is not mathematically demonstrable, no doubt, but it seems highly likely to me”

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BLACAS, Duc de (1771-1839)

Autograph letter signed “B
Prague, 14th March 1835, 4 pages in-8

“What a fateful event that the death of this excellent Emperor”

EUR 550,-
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BONAPARTE, Caroline (1782-1839)

Autograph letter signed “Caroline” to a gentleman
Portici, n.d, the 20th, 3/4 p. small in-4

“My surveillance will double”

EUR 950,-
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BONAPARTE, Caroline (1782-1839)

Autograph letter signed “Caroline” to a Prince
[Naples, 15th May 1813], 2 p. grand in-8

“It is cruel to see the disappearance of the people who for 15 years have been attached to the Emperor and have shared all his memories.”

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BONAPARTE, Lucien (1775-1840)

Autograph letter signed “L” to Paroisse
S.l.n.d, 1/2 page in-8 on laid paper

“A 6 you come with me

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CHARLES X (1757-1836)

Autograph letter signed “Charles Philippe” to Charles de Barentin
Edinburgh, 4th March 1803, 1 p. in-4, address on verso, remains of black wax seal

“I promise myself our usual dispositions to employ you for all that is of interest to the service of the King my brother and mine”

EUR 950,-
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CLEMENCEAU, Georges (1841-1929)

Autograph letter signed “GClemenceau” to Michel Alexandre Gaston Tournier
Paris, 26 Oct[ober] 1901, 1 p. 1/4 in-8

“You have given me the greatest pleasure in addressing me”

EUR 300,-
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CLEMENCEAU, Georges (1841-1929)

Autograph name card signed “GL” to Michel Alexandre Gaston Tournier
N.d.n.p, 1 p. in-24

“For your good memory”

EUR 150,-
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CLEMENCEAU, Georges (1841-1929)

Autograph novel for his collection of articles Aux Embuscades de la vie
N.p [1903], 10 pp. in-4

“This happiness did not seem to be done for the miserable Jew who until now had been striving in vain to conquer gold”

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CONSIDÉRANT, Victor (1808-1893)

Autograph letter signed “V Considérant” tp Mr Berger
Paris [Probably 1848], 2 pages in-8

Rare letter of the philosopher

EUR 280,-
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DE GAULLE, Charles (1890-1970)

Autograph letter signed « C de Gaulle » to his sister in law Marie « Cada » Vendroux
[Colombey-les-Deux-Elglises] 2 May 1970, 1 page and 1/2 in-8

“Je ne regrette rien”

EUR 1.900,-
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DESMOULINS, Camille (1760-1794)

Autograph letter signed “Votre fils Desmoulins” to his father Jean-Benoist-Nicolas Desmoulins
[Paris] 4th December 1789, 1 page in-4, red wax seal to his initials

“Here I am, journalist and determined to make extensive use of freedom of the press”

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EUGENIE, de Montijo, Impératrice (1826-1920)

Telegram under her usual pseudonym “Countess of Pierrefonds” to Jeanne de Pierres
September 7, 1876, envelope attached

“My son and I are sadly affected and take a deep part in your pain”

EUR 200,-
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EUGÉNIE, de Montijo, Impératrice (1826-1920)

Autograph letter signed « Eugénie » to French Republic president Patrice de Mac-Mahon
Chislehurst, Camden Place [June 1873], 4 p. in-8

“I am not asking you anything for the future but to respect a past that was the cradle of your glory”

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EUGÉNIE, de Montijo, Impératrice (1826-1920)

Autograph letter signed « Eugénie » on mourning paper to Jane Thorne
St Cloud, le 26 septembre 1860, 2 p. 1/8 in-8, enveloppe autographe jointe

“I am so under the painful impression of loss that I have just made that it seems to me that I am coming out of a painful sleep”

EUR 850,-
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EUGÉNIE, de Montijo, Impératrice (1826-1920)

Autograph letter signed « Eugénie » on mourning paper to Jane Thorne
Chislehurst, [9 February 1873], 4 p. in-8, envelope included

“I can no longer look back, I dare not look forward, my horizon is lost in this painful present”

EUR 3.500,-
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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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LAMENNAIS, Félicité de (1782-1854)

Lettre autographe signée “F. de Lamennais” à M. Lasneau
Paris, 20 juin 1825, 1 page in-8

“Two copies of my Imitation”

EUR 150,-
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LOUIS XIV (1638-1715)

Autograph document signed “Louis” to Jérôme Phélypeaux, comte de Pontchartrain
[Marly, 8th July 1711], 2 pages in-4

“I cannot give pardons for duels”

EUR 9.500,-
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LOUIS XVI (1754-1793)

Autograph letter signed “Louis” to a Monsieur
N.d.n.p (1781 before May), 1 page small in-8 on double sheet

“I could give the last orders on Sunday to Mr. Amelot and Mr. Necker, for I wish that the thing would not drag on for too long”

EUR 11.000,-
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MÉRIMÉE, Prosper (1803-1870)

Set of 2 autograph letters signedPr Mérimée” to Auguste Martin
[Paris, before 1848], 3 p. 1/2 in-8

“Although Mr. Thiers does not want to grant me a title that I deserve better than he thinks”

EUR 350,-
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NECKER, Jacques (1732-1804)

Letter signed “Necker” to Mrs les Commissaires du Roi au Dept. du Nord
Paris, 27th July 1790, 1 p. in-folio on laid paper

EUR 700,-
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PASTEUR, Louis (1822-1895)

Autograph letter signed « L. Pasteur » to Professor Charles Bouchard
Paris, 19 July 1888, 3 pages in-8 on double sheet

“We have tested his immunity by inoculation on the brain’s surface”

EUR 5.500,-
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PASTEUR, Louis (1822-1895)

Autograph letter signed twice, « Louis Pasteur » and « LP », to Comtesse Greffulhe
Paris, 20th February 1892, 2 pages squared in-8 on double sheet, Institut Pasteur letterhead.

“Think of the unnameable number of dogs which there would be to vaccinate in Paris !”

 

EUR 7.900,-
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PRINCE IMPÉRIAL, Louis-Napoléon Bonaparte (1856-1879)

Original photograph by The London Stereosctopic & Photographic Company
Period albumen print in an oval (c. 1880), name card format

A moving portrait of the Imperial Prince, the last before his departure for South Africa

EUR 200,-
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PRINCE IMPÉRIAL, Louis-Napoléon Bonaparte (1856-1879)

Autograph letter signed « N » to Jeanne de Pierres
Florence, 23 February 1876[77], 1 p. in-8 on double sheet, autograph envelope attached

“I beg you to remember that he is a man who has sincerely loved you and who would be proud to pay with his blood the price of your honor”

EUR 1.200,-
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SAXE, Marie-Christine de (1770-1851)

Autograph letter signed “Marie Carignan” to Citoyen Accoyet
16 Brumaire an 9 [7th November 1800],  1 page in-8 oblong

“The deposit in the church of Chaillot of the sad remnants of what I am dearest in the world”

EUR 220,-
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ZOLA, Emile (1840-1902)

Autograph letter signed “Z” to Georges Charpentier
London, Tuesday 28th February [18]99, 4 pages in-8

“My only hope lies in the force of truth”

EUR 7.500,-
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ZOLA, Emile (1840-1902)

Unpublished autograph manuscript, « Pour la Lumière », signed « Emile Zola »
[Grosvenor Hotel, London, 19 July 1898], 5 pages in-4 on ligned paper

“Of all my open letter to the president [« J’accuse…! »], a few lines had been skilfully extracted […] to prevent the truth shine on the Dreyfus affair”

EUR 40.000,-
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