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[SECOND EMPIRE] Famille de Pierres

Set of autograph letters and photographs
54 pages in various formats formats (in-12 / in-8 / in-4 / in-folio)

Exceptional set of unpublished documents on the fate of a couple in the service of the Second Empire

EUR 2.800,-
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[ZOLA – DREYFUS AFFAIR] L’Aurore, 13 January 1898

J’accuse…!” Letter to the President of the Republic
Paris, L’Aurore, 13 janvier 1898, 4 pages in-plano

I have only one passion, that of light, in the name of humanity that has suffered so much and who has the right to happiness

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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)

Original photograph by Dornac
Original period film print (November 1914), cabinet format

Elegant portrait of the philosopher

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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Unpublished set of seven autograph letters signed to Felix Sartiaux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, Lucien (1775-1840)

Autograph letter signed “Le Pce Canino” to Mme Lethière
London, 8 August 1833, 1/2 page in-8

“I gave him my trust”

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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

EUR 300,-
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CARNOT, Lazare (1753-1823)

Autograph letter signed “L. Carnot” to Louis-Bernanrd Guyton
Arras, 31st March 1793, 1 p. 1/2 in-8

I believe Dumouriez to be a monster

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CLEMENCEAU, Georges (1841-1929)

Autograph letter signed “GClemenceau” to Michel Alexandre Gaston Tournier
Paris, 20th December [18]99, 1 p. 1/4 in-8

“I desire nothing more, as you may suggest, to get back in the right fight”

EUR 450,-
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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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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 » 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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HEBERT, Jacques-René (1755-1794)

Letter signed « Hebert substitut » to the “Citoyens
Paris, 27th March 1793, 1 page 1/4 in-4, Commune de Paris letterhead

“On this denunciation which was made to be by statement regarding this ilegal trade”

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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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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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