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NOTE: all French material is not translated in this catalog. So if lot begins with [FRANCE] it is not in English.

1. Claude Roy (1915-1997) was a French poet and essayist. He was awarded the Prix Littéraire Valery Larbaud for his book Le verbe Aimer et autres essais in 1969. ANS, 1989. FINE..............50-75

2. (Maurice Druon) (born 1918) is a French novelist and member of Académie française. Maurice Druon was born in Paris. He is the nephew of the writer Joseph Kessel, with whom he wrote the Chant des Partisans, which, with music composed by Anna Marly, was used as an anthem by the French Resistance during the Second World War. In 1948 he received the Prix Goncourt for his novel Les grandes familles. On December 8, 1966, he was elected to the 30th seat of the Académie française, succeeding Georges Duhamel. While his scholarly writing earned him a seat at the Académie, he is best known for a series of seven historical novels published in the 1950s under the title Les Rois Maudits (The Accursed Kings). He was Minister of Cultural Affairs in 1973 and 1974 in Pierre Messmer's cabinet, and a deputy of Paris from 1978 to 1981. AUTOGRAPH NOTE, appears to be unsigned. On his personal correspondence card. FINE........40-60

13. Hyacinthe Loyson (known as "Pere Hyacinthe") [1827-1912], was a controversial Roman Catholic priest, religious figure and author. In 1869/70 he broke with the Catholic Church - largely over the Vatican Council of 1870, with its doctrine of papal infallibility - and in 1872 married an American heiress, Emilie Jane Butterfield Meriman. Identified as one of the Old Catholics , Loyson continued to write and preach and ultimately (building on a long French tradition) established as a separate church the Gallican Church. SIGNATURE. Mounting traces on verso o/w VG.................35-45

23. LOREDAN LARCHEY [1831-1902] Fr. publicist and archeologist. ALS, 186?, 2pp, 8vo. PLUS his calling card unsigned with 2 lines in his hand. Slightly soiled o/w VG. Not translated................50-75

24. [Etienne] REY [b.1879] Fr. writer. ALS, n.d, 1p, 8vo. Blue pencil docket writing at top. No translation........................50-75

25. Bargonne Bargone Frederic-Charles. Pseudonym Claude FARRERE [1876-1957]. French novelist. Long 2 page ALS - speaks about Alphand, Pierre Loti, Turkey, Foch, & Poincare. Some numbers in upper right corner are not the letter's date. This letter has been determined to have been written in 1922 by a specialist. Not translated......................50-75

26. [FRENCH THEATRE] [Benoit] Constant COQUELIN (1841-1909), French actor, born in Boulogne. He entered the Conservatoire National in Paris in 1859 and made his debut at the Comédie Française in 1860. For nearly 30 years (1860-86 and 1889-92) Coquelin played leading roles at the Comédie. In 1886-87 he delighted audiences in comedy roles, on tour in Europe and America. In 1897 he became director of the Porte Saint Martin Theater in Paris and scored his greatest success in creating the romantic title role of Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand. Coquelin wrote L'art et le comédien (Art and the Comedian, 1880). Nice signature on gray/tan color card dated Paris '94. VG................40-60

29. J(ules Charles) TRUFFIER [1856-1943] Fr. actor. ALS, no date, 1p. Not translated. Accompanied with picture postcard of Truffier..............50-75

30. Fernand Ledoux [1897-1993] FRENCH ACTOR , one of the greatest of his generation. Signed & inscribed portrait picture, approx. 5 x 8 in. VG.................40-60

31. MARTIN de NOIRLIEU [1792-1870] French writer who worked for King Charles X. ALS, no yr., 1p, approx. 4-3/4 x 7-3/4 in. To Count Marcellus about Marcellus works. Not translated. VG......................50-75

33. Ginette Leclerc [1912-1992] FR. actress. In the 40s she was nicknamed "the most murdered actress in France" because of the many films in which her characters were killed. Because she worked for Continental Film (a German production company) during the war years, she was forbidden to work for a year. ALS, Paris, 1962, 1p. PLUS signed picture card......................35-45

174. [FRANCE] Jules Romains (1885-1972) French writer, who was a leader of the unanimist movement. He was born in Saint-Julien Chapteuil, in the Cévennes region, and educated in science and philosophy at the École Normale Supérieur in Paris. He taught philosophy (1909-19) before devoting his life to writing. Romains published nearly 100 titles. His work expresses his unanimist philosophy that humans must be regarded as social creatures, not as individuals. His books are distinguished by a panoramic vision that enabled him to describe, with a strong sense of irony, different strata of society in almost reportorial detail and clarity. His views first appear in La vie unanime (The Unanimist Life, 1908), a volume of poetry. The most comprehensive statement of his philosophy is his monumental study of French life and thought in the years 1908-33, a series of novels entitled Men of Good Will (27 vol., 1932-46; trans. 1933-46). Romains's other notable works include Doctor Knock (1923; trans. 1925), a farce that has become a modern classic, and the novels The Death of a Nobody (1910; trans. 1914) and The Boys in the Back Room (1913; trans. 1938). ALS, 1929, 1p, 4to. About an article in a magazine. Not translated. VG..............................100-150

175. MAURICE BEDEL [1883-1954]. French novelist. Author of Jérôme 60šlatitude Nord (1927, Goncourt prize), Molinoff, Indre-et-Loire (1928), Philippine (1930), Zulfu (1933), Le Laurier d'Apollon (1937), Le Mariage des couleurs (1951), Voyage de Jérôme aux Etats-Unis (1953). ALS, 1948, one full page plus closing lines & signature on verso. Not translated................100-150

176. Paul-Armand Challemel-Lacour (1827-1896) French statesman; professor of philosophy successively at Pau and at Limoges. The coup d'état of 1851 by Napoleon III caused his expulsion from France for his republican opinions. The amnesty of 1859 enabled him to return to France, but a projected course of lectures on history and art was immediately suppressed. He now supported himself by his pen, and became a regular contributor to the reviews. In 1890 he was elected vice-president of the Senate, and in 1893 succeeded Jules Ferry as its president, a position he held from March 27, 1893 to January 16 , 1896. His clear and reasoned eloquence placed him at the head of contemporary French orators. In 1893 he also became a member of the Académie française. ALS, [c. 1887], 4pp, 4 x 6-1/4 in. To Michelet's wife. Not translated. Fine.............100-150

223. PIERRE MARTIN VICTOR RICHARD DE LAPRADE (1812-1883), known as Victor De Laprade, French poet and critic. The French Academy, by a single vote, preferred Emile Augier at the election in 1857, but in the following year Laprade was chosen to fill the chair of Alfred de Musset. In 1861 he was removed from his post at Lyons owing to the publication of a political satire in verse (Les Muses d'Etat ), and in 1871 took his seat in the National Assembly on the benches of the Right. A statue has been raised by his fellow-townsmen at Montbrison. No writer represents more perfectly than Laprade the admirable genius of French provincial life, its homely simplicity, its culture, its piety and its sober patriotism. As a poet he belongs to the school of Chateaubriand and Lamartine. ALS, 1879, 3pp. Not translated..............80-120

226. Alphonse LEMERRE - famous publisher. ALS, 1912, 1p. re: Remy St. Maurice. VG. Not translated..............50-75

257. PIERRE DESCAVES - believe he was the French radio critic. Four [4] pages of notes [unsigned] in the hand of Descaves referring to Jean Cocteau. PLUS 3 ephemeral pieces related to Cocteau: 1930 1p. printed page by Cocteau on Opium; small theatre program picturing him; 2-page flyer about him..................75-100

258. GROUP OF LETTERS re: Louis Marie Julien Viaud (1850-1923) was a French sailor and writer, who used the pseudonym Pierre Loti. There are 9 letters by Samuel Loti Viaud & 2 TLSs by Pierre Apesteguy. 1950s-60s. Not translated................75-100

291. (JEAN-ANTOINE-AIME GIRON) [b. 1838] Fr. poet and author. A lawyer, he collaborated to different magazines and published many novels & short stories. UNSIGNED 4 pages of manuscript poetry. Many corrections..................75-100

293. [FRANCE] DE COIGY (MARIE-FRANCOIS-HENRI, MARQUIS and after, Duke of Coigny) [1737-1821] Marshal of France who distinguished himself by the conquest of Hanovre under Richelieu and was governor of Caen and Cambrai. First equestrian of Louis XVI [1774]. He fought in Portugal then returned to France in 1814. French document dated 1767 in the name of Louis. On wrinkled parchment, approx. 15 x 8 in. Irregular shape.........75-100

1662. [AVIATION] Marcel BARATOUX - Fr. aviation. He was one of the earliest engineers and airplane builders. Before 1909 he made important alterations to the Wright Bros. Biplane; these were welcomed by the Wright Brothers. The 1907 Wright Flyer is considered by many to be the 1st "production" airplane. This generic model constituted the first "production" airplane in world history. At least eleven aircraft made between 1907-1910 share the above technical characteristics; the Wrights made seven in America, and four others were manufactured under license in France. These include the Flyers the brothers demonstrated in 1908 at Ft. Myer, Virginia, and in 1908-09 in France, Italy, Germany, and New York; and, as well, foreign Flyers flown by pioneers including the Comte de Lambert, Paul Tissandier, Mario Calderara, Eugène Lefebvre (tragically killed in September 1909 in a French Wright built for Louis Schreck), Marcel Baratoux, a Monsieur Defriès, and a Comte Brancsy. All made use of the launching catapult first tested on the 1904 and 1905 machines, though the Shreck and Baratoux machines were modified to use wheels and, thus fitted, flew from Port-Aviation, the world's first specially built airport, located at Juvisy, south of Paris. All these aircraft are typically referred to as "Wright A" designs, to distinguish them from earlier and later machines. Only one of these early Wrights, built by the brothers in Dayton and shipped and flown in Germany, still exists, exhibited at the Deutsches Museum, Munich. Offered here is a wonderful 11-3/4 x 9-1/2 in. photograph [circa 1950s reprint] of about 6 grounded flying balloons, signed in ink by Baratoux. He writes caption in French. VG.............150-200

1772. ARCHIVE of approx. 169 documents & letters from the files of Argus De La Presse, c. 1893-1912. Mostly signed by customers of Argus, the main company for news clippings in France. Signatures not researched. Persons buying news clipping were often well known. Of prime concern is the condition of many pieces - old and brittle; soiled. As is.................100-150

1773. [LAFAYETTE] 3 LETTERS written to the French poet Jean Antoine-Aime Giron by Charles De Lafayette [1] and Milina De Lafayette [2], c. 1864. Total 5 pages, 8vo. Not translated................75-100

1774. [FRANCE] small lot: Ernest-Henri De Grouchy [1806-1879] nephew of Marshal Grouchy. He was in the prefectorial administration from 1830 - 1854 and was deputy of the Loiret at the legislative corps from 1857-69. His nephew was Emmanuel-Henri De Grouchy. ALS, n.d. € Baron Joseph-Jacques Naylies - historian, officer. ALS, 1818; Fr. stock certificate - 1931 Paris Exposition Coloniale Internationale € Fr. stock certificate - 1889 Exposition Universelle. 4 items................75-100

1775. [JEAN-ANTOINE-AIME GIRON] [1838-1912] Fr. poet and author. Unsigned autograph manuscript, 4 small pages containing many lines written in his tiny handwriting, Not translated. Accompanied by a 1865 section on the newspaper Figaro. ..........................75-100

1776. JEAN PAUL CONTY. Pseudo. Jean de Walrafen [b. 1917] Fr. dramatist. ALS, 1970, 1 full page. Not translated........................50-75

1777. GERMAINE ACREMANT [1889-1986] Fr. novelist. ALS, 1964, 1p, 8vo. Not translated...........................50-75

1778. Saint-René Taillandier (1817-1879) was a French writer and critic. He was born René Gaspard Ernest Taillandier, at Paris. He completed his studies at Heidelberg, and then became professor of literature successively at Strasbourg, Montpellier and the Sorbonne , where he was nominated to the chair of French eloquence in 1868. Most of the articles included in his published volumes first appeared in the Revue des deux mondes. In January 1870 he became general secretary of the ministry of education, and continued in this office after the fall of the Empire. He became officer of the Legion of Honour in 1870, and was elected to the French Academy in 1873. He died in Paris. His works include Allemagne et Russie, études historiques et litteraires (1856), Le Poète du Caucase, Michel Lermontoff (1856), Maurice de Saxe (2 vols. 1865), Tchèques et Magyars (1869), Le Général Philippe de Ségur (1875). ALS, 1868, 2-1/2 pages. Fine.........75-100

1779. E.B. RATHERY [1807-1875] Fr. author. ALS, nd., 1p..........50-75

1780. Adrien Etienne Gaudez (1845-1902) French sculptor. ALS, no year, 1p., written to unnamed actor - speaks about his performance - I am so tired. Not translated. Fine.......................50-75

1783. Louis Charles Dezobry (1798&endash;1871) was a French writer, born at St. Denis. ALS, 1863, 1p. Answering Mr. Parigot. Accompanied by a lengthy ADS, 1867, 1p. Not translated......................75-100

1784. [FRENCH CINEMA] MONA GOYA [1909-1990] French actress who made many films from 1928 to 1990. Beautiful signed/inscribed 3-1/2 x 5-1/2 vintage photograph. Signed to the actress Tania Fedor. VG..........40-60

1785. CLAUDE AVELINE [b. 1901- ] Fr. novelist & dramatist. ALS, 1991, 1p..........30-40

1786. René de Castries - French novelist, historian. ANS, 1981 written on his personal correspondence card. Not translated...................30-40

1789. RAYMOND BERNARD [b. 1891] Fr. author and film director. ALS, 1967, 1p. Not translated.............50-75

1791. Tardivaux, René-Marie-Auguste. Pseudonym René Boylesve [1867-1926]. French novelist. Author of series of novels known as romans tourangeaux, including Mademoiselle Cloque (1899), La Becquée (1901), L' Enfant à la balustrade (1903), La Jeune Fille bien élevée (1909), social histories of Touraine region; also wrote Le Médecin des dames de Néan (1896), La Leçon d' amour dans un parc (1902), Le Bel Avenir (1905). ALS, 1907, 1p, 4 x 5-1/4 in. Not translated..............50-75

1792. [OPERA] PAUL GAVAULT - signed 2 page contract for his operetta LA BELLE DE NEW YORK, 2pp, also signed by 4 others. 7 x 9.75 in. Not translated.......60-80

1793. FREDERIC CHASSERIAU [1807-1881] French cabinet member and author. He was born in Saint Domingue and died in Paris. First as a lawyer, he was successively historiographer of the navy, chief of Cabinet in the ministry of navy, master of inquiries at the State Council and finally advisor of State. ALS, Paris, 1859, 3pp. Fine................50-75

1794. BEATRICE BRETTY - famous French actress. ALS, [1932], 1p., to the actress Tania Fedor.........25-35

1795. [Pierre] ARTHUR PONROY [b. 1816] Fr. dramatist, poet, historian. Lengthy 4pp. ALS. Interesting content about literature. Not translated.............50-75

1796. [FRANCE] CARDINAL FRANCOIS MARTY - TLS, 1976, 1p, to Monsieur Marcel Diamant-Berger. Mentions poems. Not translated. VG.................30-40

1797. A[ntoine] MADROLLE [1791-1861] Fr. writer. Wrote on the Revolution, the Press, and Socialism. Provenance: from the personal papers of Marie-Louis Marcellus [1795-1865], Sometimes called "Lodec" or "Ledois,", he discovered the famous Venus de Milo. ALS, no date, 1p. Not translated....................40-60

1798. JEAN LOUIS CURTIS - important French writer. Signed/inscribed 7 x 9-1/2 in. Minor creases..........................50-75

2389. Dominique Joseph Garat (September 8, 1749 - April 25, 1833) was a French writer and politician. He was born at Bayonne. After a good education under the direction of a relation who was a curé, and a period as an advocate at Bordeaux, he came to Paris, where he obtained introductions to the most distinguished writers of the time, and became a contributor to the Encyclopedie méthodique and the Mercure de France. He gained a reputation by an éloge on Michel de l'Hôpital in 1778, and was afterwards crowned three times by the Académie française for éloges on Suger, Montausier and Fontenelle. In 1785 he was named professor of history at the Lycée, where his lectures were as popular as those of GF Laharpe on literature. Elected as a deputy to the states-general in 1789, Garat rendered important service to the popular cause by his narrative of the proceedings of the Assembly, in the Journal de Paris . His elder brother, Dominique (1735-1799), with whom he is sometimes confused, was also a deputy to the states-general. Garat's optimism, irresolute character, and indefinite and changeable convictions ensured that he played a lesser part in the great political events of the time, and was made use of by others. Georges Danton named him minister of justice in 1792, and in this capacity entrusted to him what he called the commission affreuse of communicating to King Louis XVI his sentence of death. In 1793 Garat became minister of the interior, in which position he proved quite inefficient. Though himself uncorrupt, he overlooked the most scandalous corruption in his subordinates, and in spite of a detective service which kept him accurately informed of every movement in the capital, he failed to maintain order. At last, disgusted with the excesses which he had been unable to control, he resigned (August 15, 1793). On October 2 he was arrested for Girondist sympathies but soon released, and he escaped further molestation owing to the friendship of Barras and, more especially, of Robespierre, whose literary pretensions he had been careful to flatter. On the 9th Thermidor, however, he took sides against Robespierre, and on September 12, 1794 he was named by the Convention as a member of the executive committee of public instruction. In 1798 he was appointed ambassador to Naples , and in the following year he became a member, then president, of the Council of the Ancients. After the revolution of the 18th Brumaire he was chosen a senator by Napoleon and created a count. During the Hundred Days he was a member of the chamber of representatives. In 1803 he was chosen a member of the Institute of France, but after the restoration of Louis XVIII his name was, in 1816, deleted from the list of members. After the revolution of 1830 Garat was named a member of the new Academy of Moral and Political Science. He died at Ustaritz near Bayonne. His writings display a elegance, grace and variety of style, and rhetorical eloquence; but his grasp of his subject is superficial, and his criticisms are frequently whimsical and inconsistent. His works include, besides those already mentioned, Considerations sur Ia Révolution Française (Paris, 1792); Mémoire sur Ia Revolution, ou exposé de ma conduite (1795); Mémoires sur la vie de M. Suard, sur ses écrits, et sur le XVIII' siècle (1820) éloges on Joubert, Kléber and Desaix; several notices of distinguished persons; and a large number of articles in periodicals. DOCUMENT SIGNED, 1825, 1p, 4to. Not translated. VG.........................75-100