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211. [FRANCE] Jean-Baptiste Honoré Raymond Capefigue (1801-1872) French historian and biographer. He became editor of the Quotidienne, and was afterwards connected, either as editor or leading contributor, with the Temps, the Messager des Chambres, the Revolution de 1848 and other papers. ALS, no date, 1p..............50-75

212. [FRANCE] Toussaint-Bernard Émeric-David (1755-1839) French archaeologist and writer on art. ALS, Paris, 1819, written on both sides. Edge-tipped to another sheet.............75-100

213. [THEATRE] Emile FABRE [1869-1955]. French playwright. Attained success with social and political satires Comme ils sont tous (1894), L' Argent (1895), Le bien d' autrui (1897), La Vie publique (1901), Les Ventres dorés (1905), La Maison d' Argile (1907), Les Sauterelles (1911), Un grand bourgeois (1914), La Maison sous l' orage (1920); administrator of Comédie-Française (1915-36). ALS written on back of real-picture POSTCARD, to the famous theatre critic Lucien Dubech [1882-1940]. Undated but before 1940. Not translated. Accompanied by a 3-page undated ALS by Mary Morgan [wife of Dubech ?]; plus what appeared to be an unsigned handwritten poem [author ?]. 3 pieces...................50-75

214. [FRANCE] FERNAND VANDEREM [b. 1864] Fr. literary man. He was a novelist & reporter. ALS, 1906, 1p. Not translated................30-40

215. [FRANCE] Paul Duval. Pseudonym Jean Lorrain [1855-1906]. French writer. Among his books of verse were Le Sang des dieux (1882), Modernités (1885), Les Griseries (1887), Sensations et souvenirs (1895); among his plays, Yanthis (1894), Prométhée (1900), Une nuit de Grenelle (1903). Approx. 24 handwritten lines in his hand on both sides of 4-1/2 x 3-1/2 in. Doesn't appear to be signed or dated. Not translated..............25-35

216. [FRANCE] Small archive concerning the play "Papillon dit Lyonnais le Juste." Includes: 2-page contract signed by Charles Giafferi; 2 TLSs, 1932, by Charles Gallo; TLS, 1932, by Alex Nalpas. These sent to Guillaume Besnard. VG..Not translated...................75-100

217. [FRANCE] GUSTAV SIMON - Paris dramatist. ALS, 1911, 2pp. Blue pencil word underlined on front. Not translated........40-60

218. [FRANCE] LEON RIOTOR - FR. AUTHOR. ALS, 1928, 1p. re: about adapting novel for film. Not translated..............40-60

219. [FRANCE] Madame de VONNOZ [1775-1851] Fr. poet. Signed [?] handwritten poem dedicated to the Duke of Angouline, 1820, 1p. Pencil notations on face above and below poem o/w VG..................60-80

220. [FRANCE] Edme-Jacques-Benoit RATHERY [b.1807] Fr. writer & historian.Interesting letter about Virgil and heraldry. 1870, on both sides. Not translated........60-80

221. [FRANCE] ELIE BERTHET [1815-1891] Fr. novelist. ALS, 1877, 1p. About the book Picturesque Trip in Spain." Not translated. VG..........40-60

222. [FRANCE] GABRIELLE REVAL, pseudonym de Mme. Fernand Fleuret [1870-1938] Fr. writer. ALS, Paris, 1928, on both sides. Not translated but interesting content about the first adaptation made for the film from her novel L'lnfante a la Rose. And what a sad experience it has been. They even changed the ending without her permission. Fine...................75-100

223. [FRANCE] (AUGUSTE ALPHONSE) ETIENNE-GALLOIS [1809-1890] Fr. writer, traveler. ALS, no date, 1p............50-75

224. [FRANCE] AMEDEE PICHOT [1795-1877] Fr. historian, novelist, poet. He translated: Byron, Moore, Shakespeare, Cooper, Walter Scott, Dickens, etc. ALS, 1845, 1-1/4 pp., 8vo. VG......60-80

225. [THEATRE] Irene Bordoni (1885-1953) French born singer, Broadway theatre and film actress. She was 22 when she arrived in the United States in 1907. Bordoni introduced George Gershwin's hit song "Do It Again" in the 1922 Broadway show "The French Doll." Noted for her seductive brown eyes and coquettish personality, Irène Bordoni is probably best remembered from musical theatre as the star of the 1928 Cole Porter musical Paris that featured the song "Let's Do It (Let's Fall In Love)" which became Porter's first big success. Offered here is a signed vintage photo. The photograph by Pach Bros. The Pach Brothers photography studio is one of the oldest photographic firms in business in New York City , having begun operations in 1867. Patrons included famous and ordinary Americans involved in business, politics, government, medicine, law, education, and the arts. Despite a devastating fire in 1895, which destroyed their New York studio and processing rooms as well as their entire negative archive, the Pach Brothers firm continued photographing for another hundred years. A WONDERFUL PROFILE SHOT IN FINE CONDITION. 7-1/4 x 9-3/4" Provenance: Collection of the actress Tania Fedor. ...............75-100

 

226. [THEATRE] Irene Bordoni (1885-1953) French born singer, Broadway theatre and film actress. An extraordinary Art Deco style vintage photograph [Pach Bros. photo], signed and inscribed to the actress Tania Fedor. Fine..............100-150

227. [FRANCE] Georges Lecomte (1867-1958), French writer, dramatist, member of the French Academy. ALS, 1947, 4pp, 4-1/4 x 5-1/2 in. To the writer Mrs. George-Day. Speaks about deceased Bremont, Alex Contat, Albert Lessard etc. Not translated. VG................60-80

228. [FRANCE] Georges Lecomte (1867-1958), French writer. ALS, 1936, 1p. 4to. Not translated...........50-75

229. [FRANCE] MARY MARQUET [b. Russia 1895; died France 1979] actress who was encouraged by Sarah Bernhardt to become an actress. She made her stage debut in "La cathédrale" by the dramatist Eugène Morand. Her real triumph soon followed with "L'Aiglon" by Edmond Rostand . She joined the Comédie Française in 1923 and was one of its most revered actress for over twenty years before being fired. In 1944, she was arrested and sent to Fresne prison , near Paris: she was accused of collaborating with the Germans during the war as well as being instrumental to her son's arrest by the Gestapo. During her trial, she admitted contacting the Vichy police in 1943 and asking them to prevent her son François from joining the Resistance. Despite a severe warning by the police, he still managed to flee to Spain but was arrested and deported to Buchenwald where he died in January 1944. Mary Marquet was acquitted in January 1945 but was not allowed to return to the Comédie Française. She resumed her career on stage and appeared in light comédies, or 'comédies de boulevard' as they are called in French. She had to wait until 1949 to appear on screen again in the very mediocre 'Le 84 prend des vacances (1950). After the mid-sixties, she almost exclusively appeared in TV movies or series. Six handwritten lines signed, no date. Not translated........50-75

230. [FRANCE] MAURICE BAQUET [1911-2005] Fr. actor. Interesting lot. Includes: signed picture of him playing a musical instrument with NYC skyline in background; plus 4 signed sketch drawings. VG............75-100

231. [FRANCE - THEATRE] ARIANE MNOUCHKINE [b.1939] world-renowned French stage director. She founded the Parisian avant-garde stage ensemble Theatre du Soleil in 1964. Her movie "1789", which dealt with the French Revolution, brought her international fame in 1974. In 1978 she wrote and directed "Molière", a biography of the famous French playwright for which she received an [Oscar] nomination. Signed/inscribed postcard............50-75

232. Albert-Auguste Cochon de Lapparent [1839-1908]. French geologist and mining engineer. Professor at Catholic Institute, Paris (from 1876); author of Traitéde géologie (1882), Leçons de géographie physique (1896), etc. ALS, Paris, 1891, written on both sides of 4-3/4 x 3-1/2 in. card. About an article in a scientific magazine written by a priest and which made him "Penaud" (crestfallen). VG.........50-75

233. [FRANCE] Louis-Marie-Olivier Duchesne [1843-1922] French prelate and scholar. Taught at Institut Catholique (1877-85), École Supérieure des Lettres (1885-95); director of École Française de Rome (1895-1922). Founded (1881) Bulletin Critique de Littérature, d' Histoire et de Théologie. Author of Autonomies ecclésiastiques: églises separées (1896), Histoire ancienne de l' église chrétienne (1905-25). ALS, no date but circa 1877, 1p, 8vo. VG......50-75

234. [FRANCE] Félix-Antoine-Philibert Dupanloup D'ORLEANS [1802-1878]. French prelate and political leader. Prominent Catholic educator; director of junior seminary of Saint-Nicolas-du-Chardonnet (1837-45); bishop of Orléans (1849); architect of Falloux Law (1850) legally establishing independent secondary schools; leading spokesman of liberal churchmen; member, National Assembly (1871); elected senator for life (1876). When made bishop of Orleans in 1849, he pronounced a fervid panegyric on Joan of Arc, which attracted attention in England as well as France. Joan of Arc would later be canonized, due partly to Dupanloup's efforts. LETTER SIGNED, no date, 1p. To a Countess about invitation by Her Royal Highness Princess de Joinville. VG............75-100

235. [FRANCE] Original CDV photograph of Frédéric Alfred Pierre, comte de Falloux (1811-1886), the French politician and author. The photograph is by Disderi. André-Adolphe-Eugène Disdéri (1819-1889) French photographer who started his photographic career as a daguerreotypist but gained greater fame for patenting his version of the carte de visite, a small photographic image which was mounted on a card. Disderi, a brilliant showman, made this system of mass-production portraiture world famous. A fine example of Disderi photography. Plus another photo of Falloux - photographer not identified.............50-75

236. [FRENCH PHOTOGRAPHY] DISDERI [1819-1889] original CDV photo of Anthony Panizzi, the naturalized British librarian of Italian birth and an Italian patriot. Panizzi is shown seated reading book. Past-over top edge.............50-75

237. [FRENCH PHOTOGRAPHY] DISDERI [1819-1889] original CDV photo of General Roussel d'Hurbal. PLUS cdv photos by Disderi of Col. Reni Reille and General Montebello. 3 photos, all VG..............150-200

238. [FRENCH PHOTOGRAPHY] DISDERI [1819-1889] 3 original CDV photos of Count Uruski. All VG..............150-200

239. [FRENCH PHOTOGRAPHY] DISDERI [1819-1889] original CDV photo of General Fleury, Ambassador in Russia. VG.............50-75

240. [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

241. [FRANCE] Major-General Lord (Albert) Edward Wilfred Gleichen, (1863-1937) British courtier and soldier. He served as a Page of Honour to The Queen from 1874 to 1879. He served as a Page of Honour to The Queen from 1874 to 1879. He served in the short-lived Guards Camel Regiment in the Sudan campaign in 1884-5, with the Egyptian army in the Dongala campaign in 1896, and in the Second Boer War in 1899-1900. He was Sudan agent in Cairo from 1901 to 1903, then Military Attaché to Berlin from 1903 to 1906. He and Kaiser Wilhelm II fell out, and Gleichen was sent to be Military Attachéin Washington D.C. from 1906 1907. He met the Wright brothers while in Washington and wrote a report on their aircraft, but also failed to form a relationship with U.S. President Teddy Roosevelt. He was Assistant Director of Military Operations from 1907 to 1911. He served in the First World War, commanding the 15th Brigade from 1911 to 1915, and then the 37th Division from 1915 to 1916. He was Director of the Intelligence Bureau at the Department of Information from 1917 to 1918. Two ALSs, 1923, each 1p. In French - not translated.................50-75

242. [FRANCE] Aimé Martin (1781-1844) was a French writer. Born in Lyon, he moved to Paris, where he became the pupil and friend of Bernardin de St. Pierre: he collected his works and married his widow. Martin's letters to Sophia on Natural History were highly popular. ALS, no date, 2pp, to Count Marcellus on Marcellus works. VG...............50-75

243. [FRANCE] GEORGES GAUDY - Fr. novelist. ALS, 1921, 1p. Speaks about his work.....35-45

244. [FRANCE] FORTUNE du BOISGOBEY [1821-1891] early French mystery writer, whose real surname was Castille. ALS, 1880, 2pp. To a Figaro's collaborator. Speaks about Magnard...........75-100

245. [FRANCE] Baron De FORTISSON - circa 1750 ADS, approx. 8 x 12 in. Military document written & signed by Fortisson, accused murder of Count Dulay. 3pp. VG. Not translated........100-150

246. FRENCH MYSTERY DOCUMENT - 1736 unsigned manuscript about Benedictine Abbey of Meymac, 28 full pages, approx. 8-1/4 x 12-3/4". VG. Probably rare..............150-200

247. [FRANCE] Charles-Eugène-Gabriel de la Croix 3rd. Marquis de Castries [1727-1801] Minister and Secretary of France, Governor of Sete and Flanders, Marshal of France, Comte de Castries, Charlus, d'Alais etc baron de Monjouvent, Seigneur de Puylaurens and de Lézignan. Participated in the American War of Independence - with his son, Armand de la Croix. During the War of Austrian Succession, Castries distinguished himself as an officer in the Régiment du Roi, Cavalrie, and for his part at the Battle of Dettingen and the Siege of Maastricht, he was rewarded with promotion to Maréchal de Camp and assignment as commander of Corsica (1756). It was during the Seven Years' War, however, that Castries truly established an enduring military reputation. Attached to the Armée de l'Allemagne under the Prince de Soubise, Castries received three blows of a saber to his head at the Battle of Rosbach, but nevertheless, he refused to retire from action until the end of the battle. Returning to service in 1758 as commander of a separate corps in the same army, he fought at Lutzelberg, Saint-Goar, at the capitulation of the castle of Rhinfelds, and at Minden. His military career reached its zenith with a stunning defeat delivered to the forces of the hereditary Prince of Brunswick at Clostercamp in 1760. After five hours of intense fighting and sustaining tremendous casualties, the Duke's army was forced to retreat across the Rhine and to abandon the siege of Wesel, a key to controlling the countryside between the Meuse and Rhine. A monument was erected on the battlefield at Clostercamp in Castries' honor, and Louis XVI named him Chevalier des Ordres du Roi for his role in this pivotal engagement. After participating in the German campaigns of 1761 and 1762, Castries was appointed, successively, as Commander in Chief of the Gendarmerie and Governor General in Flanders and Hainault. Skillfully playing the court and using his own talent and the influence of his sometime lover, Mme. de Blot, Castries rose to an appointment as Ministre de la Marine in 1780, and was honored with a promotion to Maréchal de France in 1783. Castries' ministry came at a critical period, following the massive naval buildup overseen by Choiseul and coinciding with the final stages of the American Revolution, the Peace negotiations between Britain and her former colonies, and the transfer of a number of Caribbean colonies between Britain and France. Castries is credited with orchestrating the highly successful naval campaign of 1781 and elevating Suffren de Saint Tropez to command of French naval forces, as well as instituting a variety of progressive reforms in the French Navy, including the de facto introduction of a new naval code. Castries resigned his ministry in 1787 in the midst of court intrigues and attempts to limit naval spending. At the start of the French Revolution, Castries cast his lot with the most militant Royalists, and left France to take refuge with his former rival, the Duke of Brunswick. He became a key figure in assisting French Royalists to escape and subsist in exile, and he was important in coordinating the efforts of the various counterrevolutionaries. Castries joined the Conseil des princes in August, 1791, and the following year led a division of the Army of Princes in an invasion of the Champagne region that occupied the heights along the Moselle River near Thionville. Though forced to retreat and faced with limited and declining prospects of success, Castries remained firm in his opposition to the Republic and was rewarded in 1797, with his last royal appointment, helping the Comte de Saint-Priest to direct the cabinet of Louis XVIII. Castries died at Wolfenbuttel on the 12th of January, 1801, and is buried at Brunswick, Germany, near the memorial erected by the Duke to the victor at Clostercamp. Offered here is a 2pp. manuscript document signed by Castries, dated May 1782. Headed St. Domingue, we believe this has to do with Haiti in the Caribbean. The William L. Clements Library at The University of Michigan has a collection of Castries papers [86 items]. The materials [Univ. of Michigan] relating to French Caribbean colonies were collected by Castries in his capacity as Ministre de la Marine, a position that gave him some oversight of colonial affairs. Many of these documents appear to have been prepared in about 1783, and are perhaps related to negotiations at the Treaty of Paris or to the immediate outcome of that treaty. These documents include detailed descriptions of the French colonies in the Isles du Vent and Isles sous le Vent, with notes on administration, police, religious advancement, agriculture, trade, and defense. Excellent condition..............400-600

Castries page 1

Castries page 2

Father of Modern Palm Reading

248. Adolphe Desbarrolles (1801-1886) French artist. He is considered the father of modern chiromancy, aka palmistry or palm reading. He was a friend of Alex. Dumas; accompanied Dumas on many of his trips abroad. ALS, 1860, 1-1/2 pages, 8vo. Speaks about Humbolt's Cosmos. Not translated. VG............150-250

249. [RELIGION] Alfred-Henri-Marie Cardinal Baudrillart (1859-1942), French prelate of the Roman Catholic Church. He served as Rector of the Catholic Institute of Paris from 1907 until his death, and was elevated to the cardinalate in 1935. ALS, 1917, 2 pp, 4-1/4 x 7 in. Not translated. Fine condition..............100-150

250. [ART] E.D. (Charles Joseph Ernest Delalleau. 1826-1864) French painter of historical subjects. Offered here is a detailed graphite drawing, signed with initials, dated 1858 on mounting sheet, approx. 8 x 10-3/4". .........250-350

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251. MYSTERY DOCUMENT - 1666 on parchment skin, boldly signed ornate signatures, from France. Approx. 14 x 11-3/4" Closely cropped along 3 edges touching one letter but affecting almost nothing. VG........80-120

252. [MUSIC] PIERRE BEAUDET - noted French Canadian composer. Signed & inscribed, Montreal 1989, edition of his book CHANSONS ET POEMES RETROUVES. Hard cover - pages not numbered. VG..................35-45

253. [FRANCE] Marie-Clementine de Rochechouart-Mortemart, Duchesse d'Uzes [ 1847-1933] French feminist sculptor, she was the 1st French woman to get a driver's licence. Her work was shown in various salons and she was President of the Union des Femmes Paintres et Sculpteurs. ALS, 1910, 1p. Re: an evening of poetry.............75-100

254. [FRANCE] Louis Marie de la Haye, Vicomte de Cormenin (1788-1868) French jurist and political pamphleteer. At the age of twenty he was received advocate, and about the same time he gained some reputation as a writer of piquant and delicate poems. In 1810 he received from Napoleon I the appointment of auditor to the council of state; and after the restoration of the Bourbons he became master of requests. During the period of his connection with the council he devoted himself zealously to the study of administrative law. He was selected to prepare some of the most important reports of the council. Among his separate publications at this time are noted, Du conseil d'état envisagé comme conseil et comme juridiction dans notre monarchie constitutionnelle (1818), and De la responsabilité des agents du gouvernement . In the former he claimed, for the protection of the rights of private persons in the administration of justice, the institution of a special court whose members should be irremovable, the right of oral defence, and publicity of trial. In 1822 appeared his Questions de droit administratif, in which he for the first time brought together and gave scientific shape to the scattered elements of administrative law. These he arranged and stated clearly in the form of aphorisms, with logical deductions, establishing them by proofs drawn from the archives of the council of state. This is recognized as his most important work as a jurist. The fifth edition (1840) was thoroughly revised. In 1828 Cormenin entered the Chamber of Deputies as member for Orléans, took his seat in the Left Center, and began a vigorous opposition to the government of Charles X . As he was not gifted with the qualifications of the orator, he seldom appeared at the tribune; but in the various committees he defended all forms of popular liberties, and at the same time delivered, in a series of powerful pamphlets, under the pseudonym of Timon, the most formidable blows against tyranny and all political and administrative abuses. After the revolution of July 1830 , Cormenin was one of the 221 who signed the protest against the elevation of the Orléans dynasty to the throne; and he resigned both his office in the council of state and his seat in the chamber. He was, however, soon re-elected deputy, and now voted with the extreme Left. The discussions on the budget in 1831 gave rise to the publication of his famous series of Lettres sur la liste civile, which in ten years ran through twenty-five editions. In the following year he was elected deputy for Belley. In 1834 he was elected by two arrondissements, and sat for Joigny , which he represented until 1846. In this year he lost his seat in consequence of the popular prejudice aroused against him by his trenchant pamphlet Oui et non (1845) against attacks on religious liberty, and a second entitled Feul Feul (1845), written in reply to those who demanded a retractation of the former. Sixty thousand copies were rapidly sold. Cormenin was an earnest advocate of universal suffrage before the revolution of February 1848, and had remorselessly exposed the corrupt practices at elections in his pamphlet Ordre du jour sur la corruption électorale . After the revolution he was elected by four départments to the Constituent Assembly, and became one of its vice-presidents. He was also member and president of the constitutional commission, and for some time took a leading part in drawing up the republican constitution. But the disputes which broke out among the members led him to resign the presidency. He was soon after named member of the council of state and president of the comit du conlentieux. It was at this period that he published two pamphlets Sur l'indépendance de l'Italie ("On Italian Independence"). After the coup d'état of December 2, 1851, Cormenin, who had undertaken the defence of Prince Louis Napoleon after his attempt at Strasbourg , accepted a place in the new council of state of the empire. Four years later, by imperial ordinance, he was made a member of the Institute. One of the most characteristic works of Cormenin is the Livre des orateurs , a series of brilliant studies of the principal parliamentary orators of the restoration and the monarchy of July, the first edition of which appeared in 1838, and the eighteenth in 1860. In 1846 he published his Entretiens de village, which procured him the Montyon prize, and of which six editions were called for the same year. His last work was Le Droit de tonnage en Algérie (1860). He died at Paris, on 6 May 1868. Two volumes if his Reliquiae were printed in Paris in the same year. ALS, no date, 2pp. 4-3/4 x 7 in. VG.............100-150

255. [FRANCE] (Charles) Maurice Donnay [1859-1945] French dramatist. ALS, [1906], 1p. To Jules Claretie. Speaks about the great actress Mme. Bartet. VG. PLUS ALS 1907 by Donnay's wife, to Boutet............75-100

256. [FRANCE] Anatole le Braz, the "Bard of Brittany" (1859&endash;1926) Breton folklore collector and translator. He was highly regarded amongst both European and American scholars, and known for his warmth and charm. Le Braz was sent on foreign cultural missions by the Government of France twenty times. He made several visits to the US, Canada and Switzerland, notably lecturing at Harvard University in 1906, and at Columbia University in 1915. ALS, 1900, 3pp. 4-1/2 x 7 in. ............60-80

257. [FRANCE] Adrien Decourcelle [1821-1892] Fr. dramatist. ALS, no date, 1p.........50-75

258. [ART] Louis Welden Hawkins (1849 &endash; 1910) was born in Germany of English parents, later taking French nationality.He was a detailed Symbolist painter. Hawkins attended the famous Académie Julian in Paris. Hawkins became famous after his expositions in the Salon de la Société des Artistes Francais. His first work was shown in the Salon in 1881. After that, expositions followed at the Salon de la Société des Beaux Artes (1894-1911), the Salon de la Rose+Croix (1894-95) and La Libre Esthétque in Brussels. He spended his last years in Brittany, where he painted mostly landscapes. ALS, 1898, 1 FULL PAGE. TO THE AUTHOR, JENNY DE TALLENAY. REPARIED ON VERSO WITH ARCHIVAL PAPER. HARDLY NOTICE REPAIR.........75-100

259. [FRANCE] Georges Valois (real name Alfred-Georges Gressent; 1878, Paris &endash; 1945) French journalist and politician. After having written his first book, L'Homme qui vient, he met the nationalist and monarchist writer Charles Maurras and became a member of his Action Française (AF) league, where he continued to follow the workers' movement. As his employment would have been compromised by an involvement in the far-right monarchist league, he took the pseudonym of Georges Valois. Georges Valois was finally arrested by the Nazis on 18 May, 1944, and died in February 1945 of typhus at Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. ALS, 1911, 2pp, 4-3/4 x 6-1/2 in.............75-100

260. [FRANCE] Pierre-Antoine Lebrun (1785-1873) French poet. Lebrun was born in Paris. An Ode à la grande armée, mistaken at the time for the work of Écouchard Lebrun, attracted Napoleon's attention, and secured for the author a pension of 1200 francs. Lebrun's plays, once famous, are now forgotten. They are: Ulysse (1814), Marie Stuart (1820), which obtained a great success, and Le Cid d'Andalousie (1825). Lebrun visited Greece in 1820, and on his return to Paris he published in 1822 an ode on the death of Napoleon, which cost him his pension. In 1825 he was the guest of Sir Walter Scott at Abbotsford. The coronation of Charles X in that year inspired the verses entitled La Vallée de Champrosay, which have, perhaps, done more to secure his fame than his more ambitious attempts. ALS, 1872, 2-1/2 pages. Fine...........75-100