Novelties

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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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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GAUGUIN, Paul (1848-1903)

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

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

EUR 55.000,-
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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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CHAR, René (1907-1988)

Autograph letter signed « René Char » to Marianne Oswald
N.p.n.d, 1 p. in-8°

« I’ll wave to you in Paris »

EUR 250,-
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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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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 »

EUR 1.600,-
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BILLAUD-VARENNE, Jacques-Nicolas (1756-1819)

Autograph letter signed « Billaud-Varenne » to his colleagues
Sainte-Ménehould, 16th September 1792, 3 p. 1/2 in-4°

« Keep that calm and energy that got you victory in front of the Bastille and the Château des Tuileries »

EUR 2.500,-
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ZOLA, Emile (1840-1902)

Corrected proofs for his novel The Beast within
Paris, January 1890, 45 proofs printed on recto

« I love you, I will never let anyone hurt you… See, how good it is to be so, one in another ! »

EUR 65.000,-
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 »

EUR 2.000,-
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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 7.500,-
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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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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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[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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MARAT, Jean-Paul (1743-1793)

Autograph letter signed « Le Dr Marat » to l’abbé Prochon
De la rue du vieux Colombier [Paris], 25th January 1788, 1 p. 1/2 in-8°

« Love of truth unites us »

EUR 7.000,-
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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 1.900,-
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CHAUMETTE, Pierre-Gaspard (1763-1794)

Autograph letter signed « Anaxagoras Chaumette » to a gentleman
N.p.n.d (between 1793 and 1794), 2 p. in-4°

« May you have the art of making yourself heard by black people »

EUR 1.500,-
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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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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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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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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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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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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 32.000,-
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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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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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MONTIJO (de), Impératrice Eugénie (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 500,-
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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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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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PRÉVERT, Jacques (1900-1977)

Typescript poem signed « Jacques »
Antibes, 8th March 1956, 3 p. in-4°, with envelope

« The light wanders naked »

EUR 650,-
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MONTIJO (de), Impératrice Eugénie (1826-1920)

Autograph letter signed « Eugénie » to Marie-Thérèse Bartholoni
Prince’s gate SW [London], 26 November [1881], 5 p. in-8 on mourning paper

« The widow of Napoleon III remains and will remain close to those who died in exile »

EUR 2.900,-
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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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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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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? »

EUR 950,-
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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”

EUR 20.000,-
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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 »

EUR 2.600,-
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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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[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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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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ZOLA, Emile (1840-1902)

Autograph letter signed « Emile Zola » to a colleague
Paris, 12th November [18]93, 1 p. 1/2 in-8

“When I have finished a book and given it to the public, it no longer exists for me. All my passion collapses”

EUR 6.500,-
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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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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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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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MONTIJO, impératrice Eugénie de (1826-1920)

Autograph letter signed « Eugénie » to Elisabeth de la Croix de Castries
Abergeldie Castle, 20th October 1893, 2 p. 1/2 in-8 on mourning paper

« I can only sympathize with a pain that I myself have experienced »

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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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MERMOZ, Jean (1901-1936)

Autograph letter to his grandparents
Mazamet 31st March [1935], 1 p. ¾ in-4

« I would not have wanted him to precede me in such a disastrous way. That he followed me there later, much later, it would have been in order… »

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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CLEMENT, Jean-Baptiste (1836-1903)

Autograph manuscript signed « JB Clément »
N.p, dated 23rd April 1869,  4 p. in-8°

« J’en couperai pour cette belle France / Dont j’ai chanté la gloire et les revers »

EUR 2.800,-
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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 4.000,-
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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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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 19.000,-
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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”

EUR 4.500,-
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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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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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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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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”

EUR 10.000,-
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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 »

EUR 9.000,-
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TOULOUSE-LAUTREC, Henri de (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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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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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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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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FLAUBERT, Gustave (1821-1880)

Autograph letter to his mistress Louise Colet
[Rouen], Wednesday, 2 pm [2nd December 1846]

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

EUR 20.000,-
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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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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 »

EUR 3.500,-
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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 3.800,-
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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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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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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 there 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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BEAUHARNAIS, Émilie de (1781-1855)

Autograph letter signed “Beauh. De Lavalette” to her cousin Eugène de Beauharnais
S.l, [11] mai [1807], 5 p. in-12

“We were so sad and discouraged by the loss my poor cousin just had that it was impossible for me to have two ideas of my own since the fatal moment”

EUR 1.500,-
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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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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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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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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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DUMAS, Alexandre père (1802-1870)

Original albumen print by Gustave Le Gray
[Paris, 1859], mounted on thin cardboard, 10,1 x 5,9 cm

One of the most handsome portraits of Dumas père

EUR 850,-
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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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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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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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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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CASANOVA DE SEINGALT, Giacomo (1725-1798)

Autograph letter signed « Casanova » to Eusebio della Lena
Duchcov Castle in Bohemia, 11th June 1796, 3 pp. in-4° in italian

“What surprises me and seems difficult to believe is that this Buonaparte is a 26-year-old and Corsican, like Salicetti. Two prostitutes would have conquered all of Italy”

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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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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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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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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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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
Autograph envelope attached

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

EUR 950,-
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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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[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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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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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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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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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.”

EUR 2.200,-
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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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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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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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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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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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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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[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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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