Novelties

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”

EUR 450,-
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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Exceptional set of unpublished documents on the fate of a couple in the service of the Second Empire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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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COCTEAU, Jean (1889-1963)

Autograph letter signed “Jean Cocteau” with poetic quatrain, to a critic
Maisons-Laffitte, [1910], 4 pp. in-12 squared

“I was once accused of being too sad, and of being a 19-year-old”

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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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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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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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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 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 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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CHATEAUBRIAND, François-René de (1768-1848)

Autograph letter signed “Chateaubriand” to Pierre-Narcisse Guérin
N.p, 13th July 1832, 2 pages in-8 on double sheet

“We must put an end to it and leave the world to those who are not as bored and tired as I am”

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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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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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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 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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[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, 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)

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] 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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PROUST, Marcel (1871-1922)

Autograph letter signed “Marcel” to Louis d’Albufera
N.p, c. 21st December 1904, 2 pages in-8, mourning paper

“The sad embarrassment that I am…”

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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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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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VERLAINE, Paul (1844-1896)

Printed poem with autograph corrections, titled « À Horatio »
Newspaper clipping Le Hanneton from 8th August 1867. 63 x 80 mm mounted on larger sheet 193 x 152 mm.

“Ami, le temps n’est plus des guitares, des plumes…”

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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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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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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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HUGO, Victor (1802-1885)

Autograph letter signed “Victor Hugo” to Eugène Pelletan
Hauteville House, 2nd April [1861], 2 pages in-8 on double sheet

“Why did we want to be faithful to freedom, and to ourselves?”

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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”

EUR 35.000,-
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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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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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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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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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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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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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