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700. FRANCE] Pierre Louis Parisis - Roman Catholic bishop of the Bishopric of Langres from 1835 to 1851. He was one of the strongest right wing figures in the French Catholic Church of his era. In 1847 he formed the Archconfraternity of Reparation for blasphemy and the neglect of Sunday to promote Acts of Reparation to Jesus Christ. He is also noted for his efforts within the Assembly of 1848 for establishing the ecclesiastical college of St. Dizier and for his discussions concerning the educational reforms. He was a member of the commission which prepared the draft project for the Falloux Laws increasing the Catholic clergy's influence in French education. ALS, 1855, 1p, 6-3/4 x 8-3/4 in. Addressed to De Loisne. Not translated. VG............75-100

701. [FRANCE] DUCHESSE d'UZES [Marie Adrienne Anne Clementine de Rochechouart de Mortemart. 1847-1933] Great female figure in France. Feminist pioneer, she was the first woman to get a driver's license. She was a hunter and a talented sculptor whose work was shown in various salons. She was President of "Union des Femmes Peintres et Sculpteurs." Offered here is an ALS, 1897,1p, on mourning stationery. Not translated........100-150

702. [FRANCE] E. Legouve (Gabriel-Jean-Baptiste-Ernest-Wilfrid Legouve) (1807-1903) writer; author of novel Édith de Falsen (1840) and plays Louise de Lignerolles (1848), Adrienne Lecouvreur (with Scribe, 1849), Bataille de dames (1851), Un Jeune Homme qui ne fait rien (1861). ALS, no date, to the painter Amaury Duval [1808-1885], 1p. Speaks of Mozart; invites Duval to his home; Mr. Pleyel will play Mozart............75-100

703. [FRANCE] Fernand Vanderem [b. Paris 1864] Fr. writer. Reporter, mainly with the Revue Bleue, at the Journal, at the Echo de Paris and at the Gil Blas. He also wrote several novels and he also produced some plays. Brief ALS, 1p, not translated. VG........30-40

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704. [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,1877, 2pp, 8vo. VG..........50-75

705. (FRANCE) 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

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

707. [FRANCE] 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

708. [FRANCE] Alexandre-Félix-Joseph Ribot (1842-1923) French politician, four times Prime Minister. ALS, 1914, 1p. Fine........75-100

709. [FRANCE] Lizinska de Mirbel [1796-1849] Miniaturist, official painter of Louis XVIII and Charles X. ALS, no date, 1p. Not translated. VG. Also see lot 484 in this auction for another letter........75-100

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710. [FRANCE] Aurelien Scholl (1833-1902) French author and journalist, was born in Bordeaux. He was successively editor of the Voltaire and of the Echo de Paris. He wrote largely for the theatre, and also a number of novels dealing with Parisian life. ALS, 1861, 1p. Not translated. VG...........50-75

711. [FRANCE] Ernest Benjamin Esclangon (1876-1954) French astronomer and mathematician. During World War I, he worked on ballistics and developed a novel method for precisely locating enemy artillery. When a gun is fired, it initiates a spherical shock wave but the projectile also generates a conical wave. By using the sound of distant guns to compare the two waves, Escaglon was able to make accurate predictions of gun locations. After the armistice, Esclangon became director of the Strasbourg Observatory and professor of astronomy at the university the following year. In 1929, he was appointed director of the Paris Observatory and of the International Time Bureau, and elected to the Bureau des Longitudes in 1932. In 1933, he initiated the talking clock telephone service in France. He was elected to the Académie des Sciences in 1939. Serving as director of the Paris Observatory throughout World War II and the German occupation of Paris, he retired in 1944. He died in Eyrenville, France. The binary asteroid 1509 Esclangona is named after him. The lunar crater Esclangon is named after him. ALS, 1909, 1p. Blue pencil docket writing on it [by receiver]. PLUS 1p. printed form filled in, not signed by Esclangon.............60-80

712. [FRANCE] Claude Vasconi (b. 1940) French architect. After designing two key projects as a young architect, Les Halles in the centre of Paris and the building of the Préfecture in Cergy-Pontoise, he became one of the most sought-after architects in France, with major projects in Montpellier, Strasbourg and Saint-Nazaire. Signed card postmarked with stamp he designed..............40-60

713. [FRANCE] Alex. Bisson (1848-1912) was an important French playwright, vaudeville creator, and novelist. Offered here is his personal calling card on which he has written two lines in Franch and signed. There is light sun toning around edges...............35-45

714. [FRANCE] 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, Lyon, 1873, 4pp, 8vo. To the French poet Aime Giron. In French - not translated. Some light stain spots at edge........75-100

715. [FRANCE] 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

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

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

718. [FRANCE] 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

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

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

721. [FRANCE] HENRI TISOT - Fr. actor. ALS, Paris, 1959, on both sides. To Director of La Comédie-Française asking to forgive him for missing a show. In the comedy movie The Fuhrer runs amok by Philippe Clair, Henri Tisot stars stars socceras Hitler who challenges other European countries in matches. VG..........50-75

722. [FRANCE] Hyde de Neuville, Jean-Guillaume. Baron. [1776-1857]. French diplomat. Agent of Louis XVI from outbreak of Revolution; took part in royalist insurrection at Berry (1796); attempted to persuade Napoléon to restore Bourbon monarchy; left France (1804); in U.S. (1806-14); undertook mission to Italy for Louis XVIII (1814); deputy (1815-30); ambassador to U.S. (1816-21), Portugal (1823-24); named count of Bemposta for role in saving John VI from coup d' état (1824); minister of navy (1828); cast sole vote against exclusion of duc de Bordeaux from succession (1830). ALS, 1853, 2pp. about man who went to California. Not translated. VG........75-100

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723. [FRANCE] approx. 17 signed petitions to save the Olympia Music Hall in Paris [1970]. Signed by musicians, dancers etc. Each 8.5 x 11. All VG. Needs research..........100-150

724. [FRANCE] HENRI de RIANCEY 1816-1870] important right-wing politician; Chief of Royalist opposition. ALS [1860?], 1p, 8vo. Not translated...............50-75

725. [FRANCE] CHARLES MERE [b. 1883] Fr. writer & President of Author's Guild. ANS, 1937 signed 2 page contract ANS written on TLS, 1943, by A. Leclair. # pieces, all in French. VG...........................60-80

726. [FRANCE] DUC DE PADOUE - MINISTER UNDER NAPOLEON III. ALS, 1866, 2pp. Not translated......25-35

727. [FRANCE] Charles MERE [b. 1883] Fr. author & playwright. Two TLSs sent to him on which he pens ANSs, 1931 & 1943. VG.....................60-80

728. [FRANCE] JUDITH CLADEL 1873-1958] Fr. writer known for her Rodin biography. Lengthy ALS, 1956, 2pp, 4to. Not translated. VG.........50-75

729. [FRANCE] CH. NISARD [b. 1808] Fr. writer attached to King Louis-Philippe. ALS, 1849, 1p, 5-1/4 x 8-1/4 in. VG. Not translated.........50-75

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730. [FRANCE] GASTON DEVORE [b. 1855] Fr. playwright. ANS, 1910......35-45

731. [FRANCE] RAYMOND GEROME [1920-2005] great French actor & director. ALS, no year, 2pp. Not translated. VG.................50-75

732. [MUSIC] GEORGES DOUAY - Parisian man-about-town, theatre fan, and composer of songs and operettas. ALS, 1893, 1p. Not translated. Fine.........50-75

733. [FRANCE] Charles Auguste Désiré Filon (1800-1875) was a French historian. He became professor of history at Douai, and eventually inspecteur d'académie in Paris. ALS, 1840, 1p, 4to. To F.A.M. Mignet, the great French historian. Not translated. Fine...............75-100

734. [NAUTICAL] Georges-Charles Cloué (1817-1889) Cloué is known for his hydrographic work around the coasts of Newfoundland culminating in his Pilote de Terre-Neuve (Paris: Lainé, 1869 and Paris: Imprimerie nationale, 1882). ALS, 1881, 1p, 5-1/4 x 8-1/4 in. To the famous astronomer-Admiral Mouchez. Not translated. VG.........75-100

 

Prince of Poets

735. [FRANCE] L.D. [Léon Dierx. 1838-1912) French poet. He became a disciple of Leconte de Lisle and one of the most distinguished of the Parnassians. At the death of Stéphane Mallarmé in 1898 he was acclaimed prince of poets by les jeunes. His Poésies complètes (1872) were crowned by the French Academy. A complete edition of his works was published in 2 vols., 1894-1896. He writes 13 lines on both sides of his personal calling card and signs "L.D." 3-3/4 x 2-1/4. With 1909 postmarked envelope addressed to Louis Alibert, Paris. VG.........40-60

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736. [FRANCE] Théodore Duret (1838-1927) French journalist, author and art critic. He was one of the first advocates of impressionism, and many of his writings were devoted to explaining to the 19th century public how the new trends in painting were a continuation of traditions in western painting. Edouard Manet painted Duret's portait in 1868. This, of course, is a famous painting by Manet and is today sold all over the internet as a reproduction, and you can even buy the image on coffee mugs. Offered here is an ALS by Theodore Duret, 1891, 1p, 4-1/2 x 7 in. Fine............150-250

737. [FRANCE] Émile Auguste Étienne Martin Deschanel (1819-1904) French author and politician, the father of Paul Deschanel, the 11th President of the French Republic. His works include: Études sur Aristophane (1867), Le Romantisme des classiques (1882), and the controversial Catholicisme et socialisme (1850). As a result, Napoleon III forced him into exile between 1851 and 1859. He later became a professor at the Collège de France and in 1881 became a lifetime member of the French senate. A street bearing his name is located in Paris's VIIe arrondissement bordering the Champs de Mars. ALS, 1873, 1p, 5-1/4 x 8". Not translated. Fine..........60-80

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738. [FRANCE] Émile Auguste Étienne Martin Deschanel (1819-1904) French author and politician, the father of Paul Deschanel, the 11th President of the French Republic. His works include: Études sur Aristophane (1867), Le Romantisme des classiques (1882), and the controversial Catholicisme et socialisme (1850). As a result, Napoleon III forced him into exile between 1851 and 1859. He later became a professor at the Collège de France and in 1881 became a lifetime member of the French senate. A street bearing his name is located in Paris's VIIe arrondissement bordering the Champs de Mars. ALS, 1874, 1p, 5-1/4 x 8". Not translated. Fine..........60-80

739. [FRANCE] Louis-Antoine-François de Marchangy (1782&endash;1826) Lawyer and writer. He rose to fame as both a literary figure and a prominent prosecutor for the Restoration government. His most famous case was his prosecution of the four sergeants of La Rochelle who were executed in 1822 for their part in a Carbonari plot to overthrow the government. His summary for the prosecution lasted five hours and was published as a 196-page book. In numerous other cases, he supported the repressive conservative government against the liberal opposition. Offered here is a very lengthy 4 page ALS, Paris, 1824, to his brother. Content unknown. Fine............150-250

740. [FRANCE] Paul Adolphe Marie Prosper Granier de Cassagnac (1843-1904) was the son of Adolphe Granier de Cassagnac , and while still young associated with his father in both politics and journalism. In 1866 he became editor of the Conservative paper Le Pays , and figured in a long series of political duels. On the declaration of war in 1870 he volunteered for service and was taken prisoner at Sedan. On his return from prison in a fortress in Silesia he continued to defend the Bonapartist cause in Le Pays, against both Republicans and Royalists. Elected deputy for the department of Gers in 1876, he adopted in the chamber a policy of obstruction to discredit the republican régime. In 1877 he openly encouraged MacMahon to attempt a Bonapartist coup detat, but the marshals refusal and the death of the prince imperial foiled his hopes. He now played but a secondary rôle in the chamber, and occupied himself mostly with the direction of the journal L'Autorité, which he had founded. He was not re-elected in 1902, and died in November 1904. His sons took over L'Autorité and the belligerent traditions of the family. ALS, not dated, 1p. VG.........60-80

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741. [FRANCE] Jean-Charles-Dominique de Lacretelle (1766-1855) was a journalist and historian; on editorial staff of Journal des Débats (1790); imprisoned (1797-99) for monarchist sympathies; as royal censor, successfully opposed press censorship, causing loss of his office (1827). Pioneer in historical study of French Revolution. Published Précis historique de la Révolution française (1801-06), Histoire de France pendant le XVIIIe siècle (1808), Histoire de France dupuis la restauration (1829-35), etc. Nice ALS, no date, 1p, 4-1/8 x 7 in. VG...........75-100

742. [FRANCE] JEAN LOUIS CURTIS - important French writer. Signed/inscribed photo, 7 x 9-1/2 in. Minor creases.............50-75

743 [FRANCE] 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

744. [FRANCE] P.L. FLERS [1865-1932] Fr. dramatic author. ANS, 1920. Not translated.............50-75

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

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

747. 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

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

749. [FRANCE] Félibien, André . Sieur des Avaux et de Javercy [1619-1695]. French architect and writer. Author esp. of books on painting, sculpture, and architecture. His ink signature on pre-printed page "EPITRE". 7-1/2 X 9-3/4". FINE.............75-100

750. [FRANCE] Francis de Croisset. Orig. Frantz Wiener [1877-1937]. French playwright, b. Belgium. Plays included Qui trop embrasse (1899), Chérubin (1901; set to music by Massenet, 1905), Le Tour de main (1906), Arsène Lupin (1908), Le Cヲur dispose (1912), Le Docteur Miracle (1926), Pierre et Jack (1931), Le Vol nuptial (1933). ALS, 1929, 1p, 8-1/4 x 10- 3/4"..........60-80

751. [FRANCE] Maurice Fombeure (1906 - 1981) Fr. writer. ALS, [1945], 1p. Speaks about "Les Gueux Au Paradis" his great hit which was made into a film. Fine. Not translated.............50-75

752. [FRENCH FILM & THEATRE] Gabriel Signoret (1878-1937) French silent film actor. He starred in some 70 films between 1910 and 1938. In 1920 he appeared in Guy du Fresnay's Flipotte. He was also a brilliant theatre actor. Fine ALS, 1913, 2pp, 5-1/4 x 8-1/4 in. Not translated but speaks of Maurice Donnay...........60-80

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753. [COMIC BOOKS] Philippe Druillet (born 1944) is a French comic book artist and writer. Offered here is a AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED, no date, 1p, 8-1/4 x 11-1/2 in. In very good condition. His first book appeared in 1966. Entitled Le Mystere des abîmes (The Mystery of the Abyss), it introduced his recurring hero Lone Sloane and science-fiction themes partially inspired by his favourite writer, H.P. Lovecraft. Later Druillet created book covers for republications of Lovecraft's work, as well as numerous movie posters.......50-75

754. [FRANCE] Francois Debret [1777-1850] French architect. He designed the Théâtre de l'Académie Royale de Musique. He was a controversial and overzealous restorer of historic buildings. ALS, 1827, 2pp., plus address leaf. VG.........100-150

755. [FRANCE] Pierre-Camillie Le Moine [1723-1780] Archivist and secretary of the Cathedral of Toul [1761-1789]. Superb ALS, 1764, 1p, approx. 6.5 x 8.5 in. Speaks about his dictionary. Scarce!...........100-150

756. [FRANCE] Xavier Léon (1868-1935) French philosopher and historian of philosophy. In 1893 Léon &endash; together with Élie Halévy and others &endash; helped found the French philosophical journal Revue de métaphysique et de morale. Léon remained editor of the journal until his death in 1935, when he was succeeded by Dominique Parodi. In 1900 he founded the International Congress of Philosophy, and in 1901 the Société Française de Philosophie. He wrote extensively on Johann Gottlieb Fichte. ALS, Paris, 1890, 1p, 5-1/4 x 8-1/4, to Louis Olivier. VG............60-80

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757. [FRANCE] Paul Bastid [1892-1974] Minister of Commerce and important personality in the French liberature. Brief ALS, [1929?], 1p, 5-1/4 x 8-1/4 in. VG..........50-75

758. [FRANCE] Jules Tannery (1848-1910) French mathematician. He discovered a surface of the fourth order of which all the geodesic lines are algebraic. He was not an inventor, however, but essentially a critic and methodologist. He once remarked, "Mathematicians are so used to their symbols and have so much fun playing with them, that it is sometimes necessary to take their toys away from them in order to oblige them to think." He notably influenced Paul Painlevé, Jules Drach, and Émile Borel to take up science. His efforts were mainly directed to the study of the mathematical foundations and of the philosophical ideas implied in mathematical thinking. ALS, Paris, 1899, 1p, 5-1/4 x 8-1/4 in. Speaks about Foundation uncertain of Belleville. To Louis Olivier. VG............100-150

759. [FRANCE] SIMON, JULES-FRANCOIS SUISSE, DIT JULES [1814-1896] philosopher, deputy of Paris, one of the five members of the government of National Defense of 1870, Minister of Education, Prime Minister in 1876. He was President of France for five months from December 12, 1876 to May 17, 1877. Collection of 4 CDV photographs of him by Armand, Pierre Petit, Reutlinger; 1 litho. CDV; 1 cabinet type photo; & a printed postcard likeness. None of the signatures on the backs are by Simon. VG................75-100

760. [FRANCE] FRANCE] François (Marie-Benjamin) Cardinal Richard (1819-1908), Archbishop of Paris, French prelate. Educated at the seminary of St Sulpice he became successively vicar-general of Nantes, bishop of Belley, and in 1875 coadjutor of Paris. In 1886 the death of Archbishop Guibert was followed by Mgr. Richard's appointment to the see of Paris, and in 1889 he received a cardinal's hat. In January 1900 the trial of the Assumptionist Fathers resulted in the dissolution of their society as an illegal association. The next day an official visit of the archbishop to the Fathers was noted by the government as an act of a political character, and Mgr. Richard was officially censured. His attitude was in general exceedingly moderate, he had no share in the extremist policy of the Ultramontanes, and throughout the struggle over the law of Associations and the law of Separations he maintained his reasonable temper. He presided in September 1906 over an assembly of bishops and archbishops at his palace in the rue de Grenelle, a few days after the papal encyclical forbidding French Catholics to form associations for public worship, but it was then too late for conciliation. In December he gave up the archiepiscopal palace to the government authorities. He was then an old man of nearly ninety, and his eviction evoked great sympathy. ALS, 1889, 3 full pages, 5-1/4 x 8-1/4 in.............100-150

 

French Resistance as a priest

761. [FRANCE] Monsignor François Ducaud-Bourget (1898&endash;1984) was a prominent traditionalist Roman Catholic French prelate, priest and close ally of Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre. During World War II Ducaud-Bourget was active in the French Resistance as a priest, and helped Jews to escape to Spain. He was decorated by the government of Charles de Gaulle for his work. He had been made a chaplain of the Order of Malta in 1946 and an honorary prelate in the time of Pope Pius XII. He was probably deprived of this title later. Rejecting the revision of the Roman Missal that followed the Second Vatican Council, he organised celebration of the Latin Tridentine Mass in the chapel of the Hôpital Laënnec, a former hospital in Paris. When he was excluded from this in 1971, he tried in vain to obtain from the Cardinal Archbishop of Paris François Marty another place in which only the Tridentine Mass would be celebrated. When he failed in this, he organised the take-over, on 27 February 1977, of the parish church of Saint-Nicolas-du-Chardonnet, expelling the priest in charge. When he died in 1984, he was buried in the church of Saint-Nicolas-du-Chardonnet, which has a portrait bust of him over his tomb. He was succeeded in charge the church by Father Philippe Laguérie, who later founded the Institute of the Good Shepherd. ALS, 1975, 2pp, 4 x 5-3/4 in. VG............75-100

Aided those persecuted by the Vichy Government

762. [FRANCE] Ambroise-Marie Carré OP (1908- 2004 ) Catholic priest, author and member of the French Academy. Born in Fleury-les-Aubrais in Loiret, France, Carré studied at l'école Saint-Joseph and the collège Sainte-Croix de Neuilly before entering the Dominican order in 1926 and being ordained a priest in 1933. Not long thereafter, he was to edit, from 1936 until 1939, the Revue des Jeunes. Under the German Occupation, following the capitulation of the French government to the Nazis during the Second World War, Carré aided those persecuted by the Vichy government, regardless of their religion or ethnicity; for this, he was awarded the Légion d'honneur and the Croix de guerre. Both before and after the war, he preached many sermons and participated in conferences in France and abroad (especially in the Netherlands, Switzerland, Italy, and Belgium). He preached the Lenten sermons many times at Notre Dame de Paris, and in 1964, Paul VI called him to present spiritual exercises at the Vatican. He was elected to the French Academy on June 26, 1975, replacing Jean Cardinal Daniélou, a post he held until his death on January 15, 2004 at Ancourt, in France. Lengthy ANS written on inside of card, 1962, which pictures him on front. Fine..........75-100

763. [FRANCE] Hector France (1837 or 1840? - 1908) French author, best-known for Musk, Hashish and Blood. He also wrote the Bibliographie raisonnée des principaux ouvrages français et anglais sur la flagellation. ALS, 1892, 2 full pages. Just starting at top edge at fold crease........50-75

From One Important Astronomer To Another

764. [ASTRONOMY] Georges Rayet (1839-1906) French astronomer. He was born in Bordeaux, France. He began working at the Paris Observatory in 1863. He worked on meteorology in addition to astronomy. He specialized in what was then the new field of spectroscopy. He was founder and director of the Bordeaux Observatory for more than 25 years until his death. He discovered Wolf-Rayet stars together with Charles Wolf in 1867. Two superb ALSs, 1884 and 1892, 1-page each, on Observatoire de Bordeaux stationery. Both are to the noted French astronomer, Amedee Mouchez (1821-1892) French naval officer who became director of the Paris Observatory and launched the ill-fated Carte du Ciel project in 1887. In 1887, he collaborated with Sir David Gill to host an international astronomical conference in Paris. The principal outcome of the conference was a multi-national project to compile and index a photographic atlas of the heavens, the Carte du Ciel. The project consumed massive effort over several decades before it was rendered obsolete by modern astronomical methods. Both letters [not translated] appear to be of excellent content. Fine condition............400-600

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Portrait of Mouchez

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765. [CARDINAL] Thomas-Marie-Joseph Gousset (1792-1866) French cardinal and theologian. ALS, 1842, 1p. VG..........60-80

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766. [FRANCE] Pierre Girault de Nolhac (1859 - 1936) French historian, art historian and poet. ALS, 1932, 1p, 8-1/4 x 10-1/2 in. VG.............75-100

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767. [FRANCE] Maurice Paléologue (1859-1944) French diplomat, historian, and essayist. Paléologue was elected a member of the Académie française in 1928. ALS, 1937, 1p, 8-1/2 x 10-3/4 in. VG...........75-100

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768. [FRANCE] Grille de Bevzelin - Archaeologist. ALS, Paris, 1841, 2-1/2 pp, 5-7-3/4 in. Addressed to Count de Belleval..............50-75

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769. [FRANCE] Louis Jean Joseph Charles Blanc (1811-1882) French politician and historian. A socialist who favored reforms, he called for the creation of cooperatives in order to guarantee employment for the urban poor. He studied law in Paris, living in poverty, and became a contributor to various journals. In the Revue du progres, which he founded, he published in 1839 his study on L'Organisation du travail. The principles laid down in this famous essay form the key to Louis Blanc's whole political career. In 1847 he published the two first volumes of his Histoire de la Revolution Française. Its publication was interrupted by the Revolution of 1848, when he became a member of the provisional government. It was on his motion that, on 25 February, the government undertook "to guarantee the existence of the workmen by work"; and though his demand for the establishment of a ministry of labour was refused&emdash;as beyond the competence of a provisional government&emdash;he was appointed to preside over the government labour commission (Commission du Gouvernement pour les travailleurs) established at the Palace Luxembourg to inquire into and report on the labour question. Offered here is an ALS, 1841, 1p. VG. Content unknown.................75-100

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770. [FRANCE] [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. In 1828 appeared his most important poem, Le Voyage en Grèce, and in the same year he was elected to the Academy. The revolution of 1830 opened up for him a public career; in 1831 he was made director of the Imprimerie Royale, and subsequently filled with distinction other public offices, becoming senator in 1853. ALS , no year, 2 pages. VG.............75-100

 

771. [THEATRE] Louis Arsene Delaunay [1826-1903] French actor, born in Paris, the son of a wine-seller. He studied at the Conservatoire, and made his first formal appearance on the stage in 1845, in Molière's Tartuffe at the Odon. After three years at this house he made his debut at the Comédie-Française as Dorante in Corneilles Le Menteur , and began a long and brilliant career in young lover parts. He continued to act as jeune premier until he was sixty, his grace, marvellous diction and passion enchanting his audiences. It was especially in the plays of Alfred de Musset that his gifts found their happiest expression. In the thirty-seven years during which he was a member of the Comédie-Française, Delaunay took or created nearly two hundred parts. He retired in 1887, having been made a Chevalier of the Légion d'honneur in 1883. ALS, no date, 1p, 4-3/8 x 7 in. To Paul Mounet-Sully, who was a good friend, co-performer, and one-time lover of famed actress Sarah Bernhardt. He cannot accompany Paul to the funeral of Paul's brother Jean Mounet-Sully, who died in 1916 so this letter should be 1916................ 60-80

772. [FRANCE] Jean-Jacques Bernard [1888-1972] French dramatist and chief representative of what became known as L'ecole du silence (the "school of silence") or, as some critics called it, the "art of the unexpressed," in which the dialogue does not express the characters real attitudes. Brief ALS, 1936, 1p. VG.............60-80

 

Aide-de-camp to General Marie-Joseph Lafayette

773. [FRANCE] Antoine-Marie Peyre (b Paris 1770-1843) French architect. He received his early training from his father and from his uncle Antoine-Francois Peyre. He was studying architecture at the Academie d'Architecture when the Revolution broke out in 1789. He served in the Garde Nationale and became aide-de-camp to General Marie-Joseph Lafayette. His works include the restoration (1819) of the famous Paris theatre Odeon to its original form following a second fire; buildings on the Quai de l'Horloge (1822-8); buildings for a home for deaf-mutes (1823); the amphitheatre ofthe Conservatoire des Arts et M?tiers (1832); reconstruction of the vaults of the Palais de Justice; and reconstruction of the Conciergerie. He built the theatre at Soissons and restored that at Lille. Peyre also continued to lead an active military career. Fine 2-page ALS, dated Paris 1815 [?]. Interesting long letter to a Count about Paris' Menilmontant's Slaughter House. Fine...............100-150

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774. Lumber Trade in the St. Germain-En-Laye Forest - 4 Manuscript documents written in both sides of official Royal watermarked paper. Three have 3 different revenues [one has 2 revenues]. Very fresh condition. Approx. 7 x 10 in. each. Many signatures. These date 1822-1841.............100-150

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1700 Vellum Document From Paris

775. Mystery Document, Paris, 1700, signed, 7-3/4 x 5-1/2 in. on vellum. About [?] L'Oratoire of Paris." Certainly worthy of further research...........100-150

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776. [FRANCE] Marie-Maurice de FERAUDY [1859-1932] Fr. actor. ALS, 1926, 1p. Not translated................40-60

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777. [THE CHURCH] Th. Cardinal Gousset (1792-1866) French cardinal and theologian. ALS, 1855, 1p, 8 x 12 in. To Count De Rayneval, the French Ambassador in Rome. Not translated. VG...........100-150

 

778. [CARDINAL] Leon Adolphe Amette (1850-1920) French Catholic cardinal and archbishop of Paris 1908&endash;1920. He consecrated Basilique du Sacré-Coeur in 1919. ALS, 1911, 4pp, 4.5 x 7 in. Fine.........150-250 Click below to see this letter

Amette - pages 1 & 4

Amette - pages 2 & 3

 

779. [FRANCE] Paul Thureau-Dangin [1837-1913] member of the French Academy (1893, later Perpetual Secretary), was a historian of the reign of Louis-Philippe and also of the revival of Catholic thought (in the Roman Catholic Church and the Church of England) in nineteenth century Britain. Thureau-Dangin reconciled his liberal Catholic position with support for republican ideals. BRIEF ALS, not dated, 1p, 4 x 5-1/4 in. Fine...........50-75

Portrait of Dangin

 

FRENCH ART - ADMISSION TO THE LOUVRE

780. [FRANCE] Nicolas Alexandre Barbier - French landscape painter , was born in Paris in 1789. He at first executed architectural subjects, but afterwards joined the realistic school of landscape painting, and exhibited a great number of works at the Paris Salons from 1824 to 1861. He died at Sceaux in 1864. Offered here is a long ALS, 1836, 4 long pages, 5x8 in. Very good content about the Jury for admission of paintings to the Louvre. VG condition. Has to be rare!............200-300

781. [FRANCE] Jean-Baptiste Sylvère Gay, vicomte de Martignac (1778- 1832) moderate royalist French statesman during the Bourbon Restoration 1814-30 under King Charles X. ALS, 1825, 1p, 6-3/4 x 9 in. Sun-toned at 2 edges..............75-100

 

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782. [FRANCE] Abel-François Villemain (1790-1870) French politician and writer. In 1812 he gained a prize from the Academy with an essay on Michel de Montaigne . Under the restoration he was appointed, first, assistant professor of modern history, and then professor of French eloquence at the Sorbonne. Here he delivered a series of literary lectures which had an extraordinary effect on his younger contemporaries. His wit was legendary. ALS, no date, 1p, with closing 2 lines and signature on verso. VG. He speaks of Mrs. Switchine..............75-100

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783. [FRANCE] André de Latour, comte de Lorde (1869-1942) French playwright, the main author of the Grand Guignol plays from 1901-1926. His evening career was as a dramatist of terror; during daytimes he worked as a librarian in the Bibliothèque de l'Arsenal . He wrote 150 plays, all of them devoted mainly to the exploitation of terror and insanity, and a few novels. For plays the subject matter of which concerned mental illness he sometimes collaborated with psychologist Alfred Binet, the developer of IQ testing. During the 1920s de Lorde was elected "Prince of Fear" (Prince de la Terreur) by his peers. ALS, no date, 1p, 4.5 x 6 in. Said to be an amusing letter "here is your cane..." VG.............60-80

784. [FRANCE] Jean Baptiste Antoine-Aime Sanson De Pongerville [1792-1870] Fr. poet, writer. ALS, 1855, 1p, to PHILARETE CHARLES. VG.......60-80

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785. [FRANCE] Sibylle Aimée Marie Antoinette Gabrielle de Riquetti de Mirabeau, Comtesse de Martel de Janville (16 August 1849 &endash; 28 June 1932) was a French writer who wrote under the pseudonym GYP. ALS, no year, written on both sides. 4.5 x 7 in. VG........75-100

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786. (FRANCE) (LOUIS XV) (1710-74), King of France (1715-74), whose failure to provide strong leadership and badly needed reforms contributed to the crisis that brought on the French Revolution. Document, 1771, 9 x 11-1/2. Signed for him by his minister Monteynard, who also signs his own name.................100-150

787. [FRANCE] GUY DE VESTEL [1896-1973] Fr. actor/director. He acted much in the US and was the Founder & Director of Le Theatre France of New York. TLS, 1946, 2pp, 4to. Not translated. VG.....................50-75

788. [FRANCE] CUVILLIER-FLEURY [1802-1887] Fr. writer & secretary to Holland's Louis Bonaparte. ALS, 1876, 2pp, 8vo. Not translated. VG.............50-75

789. [CHURCH] Georges Card. Grente (1872-1959) French Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church. He served as Archbishop of Le Mans from 1918 until his death, and was elevated to the cardinalate in 1953 by Pope Pius XII. TLS, 1958, 3pp, 8-1/4 x 10-3/4 in. Not translated. A long, warm letter about his wish to have a seat at 'L' Académie Française.......75-10

790. [FRANCE] Hyacinthe-Louis de Quélen (1778-1839) Archbishop of Paris. Ordained in 1807, he served a year as Vicar-General of Saint-Brieuc and then became secretary to Cardinal Fesch. The favours of Louis XVIII and Charles X did not make him subservient. As a peer of the realm he opposed, on behalf of the middle classes, the conversion of the national debt. Lengthy ALS, unable to determine date, 1p. 24 neatly penned lines. Not translated.............150-200

 

791. [FRANCE] Emile Deschamps (1791&endash;1871) French poet. He was one of the chiefs of the Romantic school. To further the cause of romanticism he founded with Victor Hugo La Muse Française (1824), a journal to which he contributed verses and stories signed "Le Jeune Moraliste." Four years afterward he collected and published Etudes française et étrangères (1828), consisting of poems and translations. He published La paix conquise (1812), an ode which won the praise of Napoleon; Contes physiologiques (1854); and Réalités fantastiques (1854). His 爽vres Complètes were published in six volumes (1872-74). He wrote the text for the oratorio Romeo and Juliet composed by Hector Berlioz in 1839. He also collaborated with Giacomo Meyerbeer and Eugene Scribe on the libretti of Les Huguenots (1836) and Le prophète (1849). ALS, dated but can't make it out, 1p, plus postmarked address leaf. VG..............75-100

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792. [RELIGION] Marie-Dominique-Auguste Sibour (1792-1857) French Catholic Archbishop of Paris. He held in 1849 a provincial council in Paris, and in 1850 a diocesan synod. In 1853 he officiated at the marriage of Napoleon III, who had named him senator the previous year. He also aimed at introducing the Roman Rite in Paris and was progressing favorably in this direction, when he was assassinated by an interdicted priest named Jean-Louis Verger, who openly admitted to the crime. Archbishop Sibour may be the only cleric murdered in modern times due to his assassin's views on papal doctrine. ALS, 1856, 1p, 5 x 8 in. Speaks about Niederrmayer. Signed about 3/4 of the page down - followed by long postscript which continues on verso. VG...........100-150

793. [FRANCE] Séverin Faust (1872-1945), better known by his pseudonym Camille Mauclair, was a French poet, novelist, biographer, travel writer, and art critic. ALS written on back of picture postcard, postmarked 1923. VG...........50-75

794. [FRANCE] Séverin Faust (1872-1945), better known by his pseudonym Camille Mauclair, was a French poet, novelist, biographer, travel writer, and art critic. ALS written on back of picture postcard, not postmarked VG....50-75

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795. [FRANCE] Lucien Millevoye (1850-1918) French journalist and right-wing politician, now best known for his relationship with the Irish revolutionary and muse of W.B. Yeats, Maud Gonne. Two ALSs, 1872 and 1890, each 2pp., and to Mr. de Belleval. One says - join Propaganda in the country - there is the danger / the other speaks of General Boulanger. Both VG..............75-100

796. [ASTRONOMY] Theophile Moreux (1867-1954) French astronomer and meteorologist. He initiated the Bourges Observatory at the seminary St Célestin at Bourges, where he was a professor of science and mathematics. He observed surface features of the Moon and Mars. He published star maps and investigated the possibility of life on other planets and moons. He was critical of Percival Lowell's theory of intelligent life on Mars. During 1922 he published a review of astronomical theories and techniques (La Revue Du Ciel). A crater on Mars was named in his honor. ALS written on both sides of 5.5 x 3.5 correspondence card, with envelope postmarked 1943. Plus pamphlet about him...............75-100

797. [FRANCE] Marcelle Tinayre [1870-1948] French woman of letters and prolific author. She was married to the painter Jean Tinayre. ALS, LENGTHY 3-1/2 PAGES, 4.5 x 7 in. VG.............60-80

798. [FRANCE] Charles Mere [1883-1970] Fr. playwright. ALS, no date, 2 pages. VG. Not translated.............50-75

799. [FRANCE] Jean-Jacques Bernard [1888-1972] French dramatist. ALS [1936 or 1956?], 1p......50-75

800. [FRANCE] Lizinska de Mirbel [1796-1849] Miniaturist, official painter of Louis XVIII and Charles X. ALS, no date, 1p. Not translated. VG.........75-100

801. [FRANCE] Jean-Louis-Alphonse Huillard-Breholles [1817-1871] French historian. ALS, c.1850, written on both sides, to M. Deloche. Speaks of De Roziere and Naudet. VG.......50-75

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802. [FRANCE] Denis-Bernard QUATREMERE-DISJONVAL [1754-1830] eccentric scientist [physicist & chemist]. Large [9-1/4 x 13-3/4 in.] ALS, 1826, 4 full pages. About spiders..............100-150

803. [FRANCE] NOEL PARFAIT [1813-1896] Fr. writer. ALS, 1846, 1p..........40-60

804. [FRANCE] Mme. de Solms-Rattazzi-de Rute Lætitia Marie Wyse Bonaparte (1831 - 1902) French author. In the early 1850s Marie had an affair with Count Alexis de Pommereu that produced a son in 1852. In February 1853 the French authorities ordered her expulsion from the Empire, after accusations that she had illegally taken the name Bonaparte and had stirred up "scandalous disorders." Small ALS, no date, 1p, 4 x 4-3/4 in. Eleven lines plus signature. Scarce!...............60-80

805. [FRANCE] William Bertrand Busnach [b.1832] French dramatist. In 1867 Busnach assumed the direction of the Athénée theatre, where several of his operettas (Fleur de Thé, etc.) were performed. His greatest successes he achieved, however, with his adaptation of celebrated novels for the stage. ALS, no date, 1p. Fine............50-75

806. [FRANCE] Elie Berthet [b. 1815] Fr. novelist. ALS, 1861, 1p. to the writer Alfred Assolant............50-75

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807. [FRANCE] Jules Huret (1863-1915) French journalist, best known for his interviews with writers. ALS, on Waldorf Astoria, NY stationary, no date, 1p. VG......75-100

808. [FRANCE] J.P. CONTY [b. 1917] Fr. dramatist. ALS, 1955, 2pp, 4to. Re: his play "Affaire vous Concernant." Not translated...........40-60

809. [FRANCE] Emile CHATELAIN [1851-1933] Fr. writer. ADS, 1901, 1p, to Noel Giron. Not translated....................40-60

810. [FRANCE] Ernest Legouvé (1807-1903) French dramatist. ALS, no date, 1p........60-80

811. [FRANCE] Frantz Funck-Brentano (1862-1947) Luxembourgian-French historian and librarian. ALS, 1911, 1p..........50-75

812. [FRANCE] Eugène Manuel (1923-1901) French poet and man of letters. ALS, 3 full pages on mourning paper4-1/4 x 6-1/4 in., 1883. To Louis Ulbach. Fine..........75-100

813. [FRANCE] Hyacinthe-Joseph Alexandre Thabaud de Latouche, commonly known as Henri de Latouche (1785- 1851) French poet and novelist known for his publication of André Chénier and early encouragement of George Sand; friend of Balzac. ALS, no yr, 1p. VG..........75-100

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814. [FRANCE] Emmanuel-Armand de Vignerot du Plessis de Richelieu, duc d'Aiguilon (1720- 1782) French statesman and a nephew of the Maréchal de Richelieu. He entered the army at the age of seventeen, and at the age of nineteen was made colonel of the regiment of Brie. He served in the campaigns in Italy during the War of the Austrian Succession, was seriously wounded at the siege of Château-Dauphin (1744), was taken prisoner (1746) and was made maréchal de camp in 1748. His marriage in 1740 with Louise Félicité de Brehan, daughter of the Comte de Plélo, coupled with his connection with the Richelieu family, gave him an important place at court. He was a member of the so-called parti devot, the faction opposed to Madame de Pompadour, to the Jansenists and to the parlement, and his hostility to the new ideas drew upon him the anger of the pamphleteers. In 1753 he was appointed commandant (governor) of Brittany and soon became unpopular in that province, which had retained a large number of privileges called "liberties." He first came into collision with the provincial estates on the question of the royal imposts (1758), LETTER SIGNED, 1776, 1 page, 6 x 8". VG. Not translated................150-250

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815. [FRANCE] Ernest Legouve (1807-1903) French writer; author of novel Édith de Falsen (1840) and plays Louise de Lignerolles (1848), Adrienne Lecouvreur (with Scribe, 1849), Bataille de dames (1851), Un Jeune Homme qui ne fait rien (1861). ALS, no date, 1 page. Not translated. Written to Alphonse Daudet [1840-1897]. French writer. Author of stories, novels, plays often in naturalistic vein. Made first striking success with play La dernière idole (1862). Fine...........50-75

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816. [FRANCE] Émile de Saint-Amand Deschamps (1791-1871) French poet. Deschamps was one of the chiefs of the Romantic school. To further the cause of romanticism he founded with Victor Hugo La Muse Française (1824), a journal to which he contributed verses and stories signed "Le Jeune Moraliste." ALS, no date, 1p, 5 x 5-3/4". Not translated.......60-80

817. [FRANCE] Louis Marie Florent du Chatelet Lomont d'Haraucourt (1727- 1793), deputy of the nobility of the bailiwick of Bar-le-Duc. Cousin of Louis XVI; guillotined in 1793. Letter Signed, no date, 1p. Description with item says it is to De Gourguine about his pension for his military services. Fine..............100-150

818. [MUSIC] Edouard Jean Baptiste Montaubry [1824-c. 1900] Fr. violinist, composer, conductor. ALS, 1858, 1p. VG. ..............50-75

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819. [FRANCE] Pierre de La Gorce (1846-1934) French magistrate, lawyer and historian, as well as a member of the Académie française. ALS, no date, written on both sides of 4.5 x 3.5 in. card. Envelope addressed to Hugues Le Roux [1860-1925] French journalist..........50-75

820. [RELIGION] PERRAUD, Orat., Adolphe-Louis-Albert [1828-1906] French Cardinal. ALS, 1888, 1p, 5 x 8 in. VG...........50-75

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Murdered by a Priest

821. RELIGION] Marie-Dominique-Auguste Sibour (1792-1857) French Catholic Archbishop of Paris. He held in 1849 a provincial council in Paris, and in 1850 a diocesan synod. In 1853 he officiated at the marriage of Napoleon III, who had named him senator the previous year. He also aimed at introducing the Roman Rite in Paris and was progressing favorably in this direction, when he was assassinated by an interdicted priest named Jean-Louis Verger, who openly admitted to the crime. Archbishop Sibour may be the only cleric murdered in modern times due to his assassin's views on papal doctrine. Brief ALS, Paris, 185?, 1p, 5 x 8 in. Content not known..........50-75

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822. [RELIGION] Pierre Cardinal Giraud [1791-1850] Archbishop of Cambrai; Cardinal-Priest of S. Maria della Pace. More likely a Letter Signed than an ALS, 1848, 1p, 8-3/4 x 13 in. VG.............75-100

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823. [FRANCE] Gabrielle-Anna-Cisterne de Courtiras, Vicomtesse de Saint-Mars (1804-1872), nom de plume Countess Dash was a French writer. Born into a noble and wealthy family, countess Dash married early and took after the loss of her fortune to writing. In many years, she produced five to six novels. Her themes are mainly from the beau monde and deal with the travails of love. She was a great friend of Dumas. ALS, no date, 1p. 4x6 in.............50-75

824. [FRANCE] Eugene Revillout (1845-1913) French Egyptologist. He spent his career at the Louvre as attache in 1873 and conservatory-assistant [1876-1908] in the Egyptian department of the museum. He was a specialist in the study of copt and "demotique" and he taught this specialty for 30 years at Ecole du Louvre. He authored more than 8 works on these subjects. ALS, 190?, 1p, 5 x 7-3/4 in. Content is brief and in French. Two file punch holes affect one word........60-80

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825. [FRANCE] Pierre Victorien Lottin, known as Lottin de Laval [1810-1903] FRENCH ARCHAEOLOGIST, self-taught scholar born in Orbec in 1810, devoted part of his life to the discovery of the great civilisations. Between the 1830's and the 1850's he was entrusted with several official missions : in Europe, then in the Middle East (Bosnia, Turkey, Armenia, Iraq), and latterly in the Arabian peninsula of Sinaï and Middle Egypt. He led archeological digs on sites that he wished to leave undisturbed, where he could fulfull his quest to reproduce bas-reliefs and inscriptions in situ without damaging the monuments or tombs revealed (he was the first to disclaim the plunderings and destruction). It is this heritage that we can still admire today at the museum in Bernay. More than 70 mouldings tell the history of Mesopotamia and Ancient Egypt, through the Lottinoplasty process that he invented. Lover of the fine arts, he never ceased to form a museum in Bernay along the same lines as that of the Louvre, as can still be appreciated today by the visitor as he wanders through the arcades, the red colours of Pompeii and the large square hall. An interesting and eclectic personality, he enriched the life of Bernay at the end of the XIXth century, sharing, with all those who would listen, his dreams of the Far East. ALS, 1839, 1p, 5x7 in. Addressed to de Salvandy.............80-120

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826. [FRANCE] Louis-Antoine-François de Marchangy (1782&endash;1826) French writer. he rose to fame as both a literary figure and a prominent prosecutor for the Restoration government. His most famous case was his prosecution of the four sergeants of La Rochelle who were executed in 1822 for their part in a Carbonari plot to overthrow the government. His summary for the prosecution lasted five hours and was published as a 196-page book. In numerous other cases, he supported the repressive conservative government against the liberal opposition. ALS, Paris, 1823, written on both sides plus postmarked address leaf with intact red wax seal. Quite nice. Not translated - content not knowm. VG...............80-120

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827. Alfred Philippe Roll (1846-1919) French painter. Roll studied at Ecole des Beaux-Arts, where he was taught by the likes of Jean-Léon Gérôme, Henri-Joseph Harpignies, Charles-François Daubigny and Léon Bonnat. He painted his first landscape in 1869, and in 1870 exhibited "Environs of Baccarat" and "Evening" at Salon-de-Provence. During the Franco-Prussian war, he was a lieutenant of militia. His 1875 painting of "The Flood at Toulouse" attracted huge attention, and it is now in the Havre Museum. All of his early work was romantic style, but was influenced by other styles including Bolognese and Gustave Courbet. In 1877 he exhibited "Fete of Silenus" at Salon, which is now at the Ghent Museum. It was at this point Roll decided to devote his work to painting everyday life, and his style changed as well to a more realist one. He began to paint portraits, and with his 1880 painting "Miners' Strike ", he became one of France's highest ranked painters of the day; he was extremely successful for the rest of his working life. He became the French government's official painter, and was commissioned to paint numerous art pieces, including those of murals, ceilings, and other building decoration. "President Carnot at Versailles at the Centenary of the Etats Generaux", now at Versailles Palace, and "The Tzar and President Faure laying the Foundation Stone of the Alexandre III. Bridge" are two such paintings, and "The Pleasures of Life" and "The Rosetime of Youth" were both for the Hotel de Ville. Many of his paintings are in public art galleries, including the Hotel de Ville museum, the Cognac Museum, Avignon Museum, Laval Museum, Fontainebleau Palace, Pau Museum, and the Museum of Geneva. In 1905 he became the president of the Societe Nationale des Beaux-Arts, which he co-founded. Brief 1p. ALS, 1898, approx. 4.5 x 7 in. Scarce!...............125-175

828. [FRANCE] Pierre Girault de Nolhac (1859- 1936) French historian, art historian and poet. ALS, 1911, 1p, 5-1/4 x 8-1/4 in. Speaks of an important painting by Sirangeli. VG.............60-80

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829. [FRANCE] Ernest Lavisse (1842-1922) French historian. Lavisse was admitted to the Académie française on the death of Admiral Jurien de la on the death of Admiral Jurien de la Gravière in 1892, and after the death of James Darmesteter became editor of the Revue de Paris. He is, however, chiefly a master of pedagogy . When the école normale was joined to the university of Paris, Lavisse was appointed director of the new organization, which he had helped more than any one to bring about. ALS, Paris, 1916, 1p, 5-1/2 x 8-1/4 in..........60-80

 

830. [FRANCE] Louis-Antoine-François de Marchangy (1782-1826) French writer. ALS, Paris, 1824, lengthy 3pp, 7-1/2 x 9-3/4 in. Not translated. VG..........100-150

 

Photos of Coquelin

[THEATRE] Original photographs of Benoît-Constant Coquelin (1841-1909), known as Coquelin aîné, the French actor, "one of the greatest theatrical figures of the age." In excellent condition. These are unsigned and come from the Coquelin family archives

831 Coquelin - photograph. This photo is pencil signed by the photographer, Laura Adams Armer. Approx. 6 x 9-1/4 in. including paper mount...........50-75

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832. Coquelin - photograph. This photo is by the photographer, Luigi Peimoli. Approx. 7 x 10 in. including mount............80-120

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Marshal of France

833. [FRANCE] Henri-Jacques-Guillaume Clarke, 1st Count of Hunebourg, 1st Duke of Feltre (1765-1818) Marshal of France and French politician of Irish descent. Clarke entered the French army in 1782. With the outbreak of the French Revolution, he served in the early French Revolutionary Wars in the Army of the Rhine and by 1793 had been promoted to general de brigade. In 1795 Clarke was briefly arrested. After his release, he lived in Alsace until Lazare Carnot sent him to Italy to serve as Napoleon Bonaparte's Chief topographical officer until he was sent to Sardinia. After 18 Brumaire , Clarke served as Chief of the Topographical Bureau, State Councillor, state secretary for the army and navy. During the war against Austria in 1805, Clarke was appointed governor of Vienna and during the war against Prussia in 1806 he served as governor of Erfurt and of Berlin. In 1807, Napoleon appointed Clarke Minister of War. His role in thwarting the British invasion of the Netherlands, the Walcheren Campaign in 1809, lead to the emperor creating him Duke of Feltre (extinguished in 1852 but extended in 1864). Clarke served as Minister of War until the end of Napoleon's reign. When the allies neared Paris, Clarke mounted an ineffectual defense of the capital and was one of the generals pressing for Napoleon's abdication. After Napoleon's abdication he was replaced as minister of war by Dupont de l'Étang but Louis XVIII of France made him a Peer of France . When Napoleon landed in Southern France in March 1815 to reclaim his throne, Clarke was again made Minister of War and served until the Bourbon government fled. When the King fled to Ghent , Clarke followed him. After Napoleon's second abdication, Clarke was made Minister of War once more and served in that capacity until 1817 when Gouvion Saint-Cyr took over. He was then given command of the 15th Military Division. In 1816 he was made a Marshal of France. Letter Signed, 1810, 1p, 8-1/4 x 9-3/4 in. Fine condition. Not translated...........200-300

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834. [FRENCH ART] Jean Alexandre Joseph Falguière (also given as Jean-Joseph-Alexandre Falguière, or in short Alexandre Falguière) (1831-1900) French sculptor and painter. He was born in Toulouse. A pupil of the École des Beaux-Arts, he won the Prix de Rome in 1859; he was awarded the medal of honor at the Paris Salon in 1868 and was appointed officer of the Légion d'honneur in 1878. His first bronze statue of importance was Le Vainqueur au Combat de Coqs (Victor of the Cockfight) (1864), and Tarcisus the Christian Boy-Martyr followed in 1867; both were exhibited in the Luxembourg Museum and are now in the Musée d'Orsay. ALS, Paris, 1896, 1p, 4.5 x 7 in. To the artist Theophile Chauvel [1831-1909], saying he is honored to be invited by the Exposition Committee. Rare!. Excellent condition. ..........150-200

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835. [FRENCH THEATRE] JACQUES DEVAL [1894-1972] well known French playwright. Document Signed, Paris, 1953, contract for play "MADEMOISELE", also signed by director Maurice Jacquelin. Signed on back side. 7 x 9-3/4 in. VG...............100-150

 

One of the youngest peers of seat in the Chamber of Peers

836. [FRANCE] Marthe Camille Bachasson, 3rd Count of Montalivet (1801-1880) French statesman and a Peer of France. He joined promptly the July Monarchy during the July Revolution of 1830 and was called to the Ministry of the Interior in November, where his main task was to prevent any troubles during the trial of the former ministers of King Charles X. Afterwards, he was alternatively Minister of the Interior and Minister of Education in the different cabinets. After 1839, he became Intendant of the Civil List, and created the Museum of Versailles in the walls of the Palace of Versailles, in order to reconcile France with the Ancien Régime. Partly-printed sheet signed "Montalivet" by him, 2 March 1848. There also two other unidentified signatures. 7-1/4 x 9-1/2". VG.............35-45

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Portrait of Monalivet

837. [RELIGION] Benoit-Marie Card. Langénieux (1824-1905) French Archbishop of Reims and Cardinal. Langénieux enjoyed the friendship of Pope Leo XIII , who consulted him on all matters concerning the Church in France. The universal esteem in which he was held was abundantly proved by the many decorations which European rulers bestowed on him and by the vast concourse of bishops, priests, and people at his two jubilees and at his funeral. ALS, 1897, 1p, 4-3/4 x 6-3/4 in. Fine.........100-150

 

838. [FRANCE] Louis de Bourbon, Count of Clermont (1709-1771) was a member of the cadet Bourbon-Condé branch of the French royal house. A prince of the blood, he was the third and youngest son of Louis (III) de Bourbon, prince de Condé (1668-1710) and Louise-Françoise de Bourbon, Mademoiselle de Nantes (1673-1743), a legitimated daughter of King Louis XIV of France and his maîtresse-en-titre Madame de Montespan. He is perhaps best known to history as the fifth Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of France, the supreme Masonic authority in France, which existed from 1728/29 to c.1773. This appears to be a Letter Signed, or DS, dated 1763, 1p, 7x9 in. See scan below. We found a 1987 Sothebys auction record of $1315 for a 7 page manuscript by him [signed?]. Fine condition...........200-300

 

839. [GEOLOGIST) Antoine François Passy (1792-1873) French politician, geologist, and botanist. ALS, 1836, 1p. 5-1/4 x 8. Not translated. VG.......75-100

 

840. [FRANCE] Félix Joseph Henri de Lacaze-Duthiers (1821-1901) French biologist, anatomist and zoologist. In 1871 he was elected to Académie des sciences in the department of anatomy and zoology. Lacaze-Duthiers is remembered for his study of the anatomy and developmental history of mussels, coral, snails, brachiopods and other lower marine animals. In 1858 he discovered three mollusks in the Mediterranean that produced purple-blue dyes. One of the species, named murex trunculus was the source of the distinctive purple-blue dye used by the ancient Phoenicians and Canaanites. He also performed pioneer exploration of marine life of coastal Algeria. He founded two laboratories devoted to marine biology; the biological station at Roscoff in 1876, and the Arago laboratory at Banyuls-sur-Mer in 1882. With his student Pruvot Georges (1852-1924), he founded the journal Archives de zoologie expérimentale et générale (Archives of Experimental and General Zoology). One of his better known written works was an 1863 treatise on the natural history of coral called Histoire naturelle du corail. ALS, 1857, 1p, re: his research. Not translated. VG................100-150

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841. [FRANCE] Gay, Jean-Baptiste-Sylvère. Vicomte de Martignac [1778-1832] French politician. Royalist in sympathy; appointed attorney general of Limoges (1819); member of Chamber of Deputies (1821-32); appointed councilor of state (1822); created vicomte (1824). As minister of interior and virtual head of the cabinet (1828-29), superintended final attempt to reconcile monarchy with the people; removed by king for making concessions to the left. Author of Bordeaux au mois de Mars 1815 (1830) and Essai sur les révolutions d' Espagne et l' intervention française de 1823 (1832). ALS, 1829, 1p. Re: conveying the President on behalf of the King? VG...............75-100

842. [FRANCE] Louis Charles Auguste le Tonnelier, baron de Breteuil, baron de Preuilly (1730-1807) French aristocrat, diplomat, statesman and politician. He was the last Prime Minister of the Bourbon Monarchy, appointed by King Louis XVI only one hundred hours before the storming of the Bastille. In Sweden, he became a favourite friend of the young King Gustavus III, but Catherine the Great of Russia disliked him. Others saw Breteuil as a loud and impulsive fool, Joseph II and several high-ranking Austrian politicians sneered at the "fool" behind closed doors. Breteuil's secret correspondence with Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette was recently discovered in an Austrian castle by British historian Professor Munro Price. His findings were presented in The Fall of the French Monarchy: Louis XVI, Marie-Antoinette and the baron de Breteuil, (sometimes titled The Road from Versailles). To date, it is the most comprehensive book on Breteuil's career and his fight to save the French Monarchy. The Pavillon de Breteuil, in Sèvres, France, home of the International Bureau of Weights and Measures, is named after the baron. Letter Signed (LS), Paris, 1787, 1p., 6.5 x 8 in. In very fresh condition................150-250

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843. [FRANCE] Arthur Chuquet (1853&endash;1925) French historian and biographer. He was born in Rocroi, Ardennes. He is now best known for his Jeunesse de Napoléon appearing in three volumes from 1897 to 1899. He became a member of the Institut de France in 1900. Fine ALS, 1909, 1p. Speaks about Bonaparte in Italy. 4 x 6-1/4 in...............60-80

844. [FRANCE] Elena Vacarescu (1864-1947) Romanian-French aristocrat writer, twice a laureate of the Académie française. She writes a note on both sides of her calling card, and signed El. V., to the Ambassador at Poland............30-40

845. [PHOTOGRAPHY] R. SOBOL - PARIS PHOTOGRAPHER C. 1920-1930. Offered here A GREAT vintage photograph of the French film actress, Tania Fedor. 11.5 x 9, and ink signed on front by Sobol. His blindstamp is on verso. Fine.............100-150

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846. [FRANCE] Émile Auguste Étienne Martin Deschanel (1819-1904) French author and politician, the father of Paul Deschanel, the 11th President of the French Republic. His works include: Études sur Aristophane (1867), Le Romantisme des classiques (1882), and the controversial Catholicisme et socialisme (1850). As a result, Napoleon III forced him into exile between 1851 and 1859. He later became a professor at the Collège de France and in 1881 became a lifetime member of the French senate. A street bearing his name is located in Paris's VIIe arrondissement bordering the Champs de Mars. ALS, 1870, 1p, 5-1/4 x 8". Not translated..........50-75

847. [FRANCE] André Lichtenberger (1870-1940) French novelist and sociologist. He held a Doctor of Letters in history. ALS, 1908, 1p, 4-1/8 x 5-1/4 in. Speaks of Flaubert's La Tentation de Saint Antoine. Fine...........50-75

848. [FRANCE] Mathieu Auguste Geffroy (1820-1895) French historian born in Paris. ALS, 1881, 2pp, 5-1/4 x 8-1/4 in. VG.........50-75

849. [FRANCE] René Doumic (1860 - 1937) French critic and man of letters, was born in Paris, and after a distinguished career at the École Normale began to teach rhetoric at the College Stanislas. He was a contributor to the Moniteur, the Journal des Débats and the Revue bleue, but was best known as the independent and uncompromising literary critic of the Revue des Deux Mondes. ALS, 1928, 2pp, 4 x 5-1/2 in. Fine.............60-80

Portrait of Rene Doumic

850. [FRANCE] Jean-Baptiste Honoré Raymond Capefigue (1801 &endash; 1872) French historian and biographer. ALS, no date, 1p, 5 x 7.5 in. VG............50-75

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851. [FRANCE] Martin du Nord [1790-1847] French politician; distinguished lawyer and liberal. He became procurator general at the Court of Paris. He supported the charge against the accused of April 1834, and also against the framers of attempts on the life of Louis Philippe. He became Minister of Justice in 1840. ADS, 1836, 1p, approx. 8x10 Signed by at least two others. Good..........50-75

852. [FRANCE] Pierre Émile Levasseur (1828 &endash; 1911) French economist. Levasseur was one of the founders of the study of commercial geography, and became a member of the Council of Public Instruction, president of the French society of political economy and honorary president of the French geographical society. ALS, 1896, 1p, 5-1/4 x 8 in. To Louis Olivier, Dir. of the Revue Scientifique. VG.............60-80

853. [FRANCE] Charles Mere [1883-1970] Fr. author and dramatist. ANS written on 1945 TLS......40-60

854. [FRANCE] Charles Mere [1883-1970] Fr. author and dramatist. Lengthy 1p. TLS, Paris, 1926, to Alfred. Speaks of Max Dearly playing in one of his plays. Mere disagrees - he asked Charles Boyer to play in it. VG.........75-100

855. [RELIGION] Hyacinthe-Louis De Quelen (1778-1839) Archbishop of Paris. Under the Restoration of 1814 he became successively spiritual director of the schools in the archdiocese, Vicar-General of Paris, and coadjutor archbishop to the Cardinal de Talleyrand-Périgord, succeeding the latter in 1821. Offered here is an ALS, 1818, 1p, 8 x 9-3/4 in. Regarding a blind man. Light toned only adds to its appearance. VG..........75-100

856. [FRANCE] Pierre Bertin (1891-1984) French actor who appeared in the film Les Tontons flingueurs among other films and theatre pieces. ALS, no yr., 1p. to Mrs. George-Day. VG.................25-35

857. [FRANCE] Louis Liard [1846-1917] notable French language philosopher. Brief ALS, 1p, 1908............50-75

858. [FRANCE] Fernand Divoire [1885-1951] French Poet; Dir. of L'Intransigeant. He wrote about Metchnikoff and Isadora Duncan. The Isadorables as named by him in 1909, was a group of six young girls who danced under the instruction of Isadora Duncan. ALS, 193?, 1p, 5-1/4 x 8-1/4 in. Sent to the actress Tania Fedor "Sultana of Sultanas." Speaks about his script and Citroen. VG............50-75

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859. [FRANCE] Fernand Divoire [1885-1951] French Poet; Dir. of L'Intransigeant. He wrote about Metchnikoff and Isadora Duncan. The Isadorables as named by him in 1909, was a group of six young girls who danced under the instruction of Isadora Duncan. ALS, 193?, 1p, 5-1/4 x 8-1/4 in. Sent to the actress Tania Fedor "Sultana of Sultanas." Speaks about his film script and tells her he is her slave. VG............50-75

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860. [FRANCE] Amedee Gabourd [1805-1867] French historian. He began as a journalist and became chief of bureau in the ministry of the interior. He published many historical works. ALS, 1858, 1p...............50-75

861. [FRANCE] Gabriel Marcel (1889-1973) French philosopher, a leading Christian existentialist, and author of about 30 plays. He focused on the modern individual's struggle in a technologically dehumanizing society. Though often regarded as the first French existentialist, he dissociated himself from figures such as Jean-Paul Sartre, preferring the term Philosophy of Existence to define his own thought. The Mystery of Being is a well-known multivolume work authored by Marcel. In addition to being a playwright and philosopher, Marcel was also a music critic. ALS, no year, 1p, 5-1/4 x 8-1/4 in. To Robert Kemp (1878-1959) the French journalist and literary critic, writing for L'Aurore, La Liberté, Le Temps and Le Monde (successor to Temps). On 29 November 1956 he was elected to seat 5 of the Académie française. Wrinkled corner affects nothing..............50-75

Portrait of Marcel

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862. [CARDINAL] Louis Jacques Maurice de Bonald (1787- 1870) French cardinal (1841). Born at Millau, he was the son of the philosopher Louis Gabriel Ambroise de Bonald. He was condemned by the council of state for a pastoral letter attacking Dupin the elder's Manuel de droit ecclsiastique . In 1848 he held a memorial service for those who fell gloriously in defence of civil and religious liberty. In 1851 he nevertheless advocated in the senate the maintenance of the temporal power of the Pope by force of arms. ALS, no date, 1p, 7-1/2 x 5-3/4 in., signed at the beginning and at the end. Sunned along the left edge. See scan below..............100-150

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Portrait of Bonald

 

863. [FRANCE] Albert Auguste Gabriel Hanotaux, known as Gabriel Hanotaux (1853-1944) French statesman and historian. ALS, 1905, 3 pages. VG............75-100

Portrait of Hanotaux

864. [FRANCE] André Billy [1882-1971] French writer and critic. TLS, no date, 1p, 8 x 10.5 in. Gives his opinion on biography. VG............50-75

The Empire Period

865. [ARCHITECTURE] Pierre François Léonard Fontaine (1762-1853) neoclassical French architect, interior decorator and designer, who worked in such close partnership with Charles Percier, originally his friend from student days. Starting from 1794, it is fruitless to disentangle artistic responsibilities in their work. Together, Percier and Fontaine were inventors and major proponents of the rich and grand, consciously archaeological versions of neoclassicism we recognize as Directoire style and Empire style. The Empire period was popularized by the inventive designs of Percier and Fontaine, Napoleon's architects for Malmaison. ALS, no date, 1p, 4to. Re: visit coastal quarries. VG.............200-300

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866. Phillippe Edouard de Verneuil (1805-1873) French paleontologist. He was born in Paris and educated in law, but being of independent means he was free to follow his own inclinations, and having attended lectures on geology by Jean-Baptiste Elie de Beaumont he was so attracted to the subject that he devoted himself assiduously to the study of science. He spent several years in travel through various parts of Europe, specially examining the geology of the Crimea, on which he published an essay (Mem. Soc. Geol. France, 1837). He next investigated the Devonian rocks and fossils of the Bas-Boulonnais; and in 1839 accompanied Sedgwick and Murchison in a study of the older Palaeozoic rocks of the Rhenish provinces and Belgium, the palaeontological results being communicated to the Geological Society of London in conjunction with the Vicomte d'Archiac. When Murchison commenced his geological examination of the Russian empire, he requested de Verneuil to accompany him, and the researches of the latter were incorporated in the second volume of The Geology of Russia in Europe and the Ural Mountains (1845). Subsequently de Verneuil paid a visit to the United States to study the history of the palaeozoic rocks in that country, and the results were published in 1847 (Bull. Soc. Geol. France). In later years he made numerous expeditions into Spain, and his observations were embodied in Carte geologique de l'Espagne et du Portugal (1864), prepared in association with Edouard Collomb. In 1853 the Wollaston medal of the Geological Society of London was awarded to him, and in 1860 he was elected a foreign member of the Royal Society. He died in Paris. ALS, 186?, 3pp, 5-1/4 x 8 in. VG. Curious letter; speaks about L'ile Bourbon. Not translated..............100-150

867. [FRANCE] Marthe Fiel [1873-1949] French writer of novels for young people. She also wrote under the pseudonym Claude Grey. Two ALSs, 1923 & 1944, each written on both sides. Not translated. Red pencil notation marks on each............50-75

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First French female to get a degree of doctor of medicine

868. [MEDICINE] Madeleine Brès (1842-1921) the first French female to get a degree of doctor of medicine. At age 8 she began following her father to work at the hospital in Nimes. A nun took affection and showing her a few minor procedures, such as preparing tea and poultice. As was customary at the time, she married very young, fifteen years and takes the name of Brès. In 1866, she appeared before the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine of Paris, Charles Adolphe Würtz and requested permission to enroll in medicine. This he said he would do, but she needed a bachelor's degree, which she received three years later. During the war between France and Germany, while a widow and mother of three children, she practices at the Mercy Hospital. On June 3, 1875, then age 33, she obtained her degree of doctor of medicine. During her career, she serves as a professor of health and education including the directors of kindergartens in the city of Paris. She leads the journal Health of Women and Children and is the author of several books on child care. She died Nov. 30, 1921 in Montrouge, in poverty. Brief ALS, nd, 1p. Light staining in one area o/w VG. Not translated.............200-300

869. [FRANCE] (Charles François Dupuis) (1742-1809) French savant, a professor (from 1766) of rhetoric at the Collège de Lisieux, Paris, who studied for the law in his spare time and was received as avocat in 1770. He also ventured into the field of mathematics. Offered here are 3 pages of his UNSIGNED handwriting on astronomy. The large page is approx. 7 x 9-1/4 in. and written on both sides. The small is 4-3/4 x 7 in. Both are in excellent condition. In 1778, he invented a telegraph with which he was able to correspond with his friend Fortin de Bagneux, and must be considered among the first inventors of the telegraph that was perfected by Claude Chappe. Dupuis devoted himself to the study of astronomy (his tutor was Lalande) in connection with mythology, the result of which was his magnum opus; Origine de tous les Cultes, ou la Réligion Universelle appeared in 1795 in quarto or octavo format, profusely illustrated (in 12 volumes); an abridgement (1798) spread his system more widely among the reading public..............80-120

870. [FRANCE] Jean Baptiste Antoine-Aime Sanson De Pongerville [1792-1870] Fr. poet, writer. ALS, 1855, 2pp, to Monsier Le Comte. Re: Marie-Louis Marcellus [1795-1865] Fr. diplomat, writer. VG.......60-80

Portrait of Pongerville

 

871. [FRANCE] Henri Léon Emile Lavedan (1859-1940), French dramatist and man of letters. After great success with Le Duel (Comedie Française 1905), a powerful psychological study of the relations of two brothers. Lavedan was admitted to the Académie française in 1898. ANS, Paris, written on his personal calling card. Fine............25-35

872. [FRANCE] François-Auguste Parseval-Grandmaison (1759-1834) French poet. He was the eleventh occupant of the Académie française seat 1 in 1811. OFFERED HERE IS A FINE ALS, NO DATE, 1 FULL PAGE WITH LAST LINE AND SIGNATURE ON VERSO. FINE........100-150

873. FRANCE] Eugène Manuel [1823-1901] French poet and man of letters, was born in Paris, the son of a Jewish doctor. ALS, 1899, 2pp, 4-3/8 x 7 in. To Louis Ulbach. Fine.........75-100

874. [FRANCE] Georges Lecomte (1867-1958) French novelist and playwright, who also wrote literary, historical and artistic studies. In 1924 he was elected to the Académie française, of which he became perpetual secretary in 1946. He was also director of the École Estienne. HE PENS 5 LINES AND HIS SIGNATURE ON HIS PERSONAL CALLING CARD, 3-3/4 x 2-1/4 in. Fine............50-75

875. [FRANCE] Lucien Descaves (1861- 1949) French novelist. A disciple of Joris-Karl Huysmans and the Goncourt brothers his novels Le Calvaire d'Héloïse Pajadou (1883) and Une vieille rate (1883) followed strongly the naturalism movement. The anti-military novel, Sous-Offs (1889) provoked a scandal. Though acquitted of charges of offending the army and public morality, he was stripped of his military rank.ALS, 1905, on 4-1/2 x 3-1/2 in. card. To Gabriel Monod about Monod's book..............50-75

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876. [FRANCE] Robert de Flers (1872-1927) French playwright, opera librettist, and journalist. Although a number of his operas were successful in his day, his lasting legacy rests in his stage plays. De Fleurs was a member of the Académie française from 1920 up until his death. An early ALS, 1889, written on both sides, 4-1/8 x 5-1/8 in. A year earlier he entered the Lycée Condorcet in 1888 where he studied law with the initial ambition of entering diplomatic service. Fine...............60-80

 

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

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878. [FRANCE] Leon Xanrof (1867-1953) French playwright and songwriter, noted for writing the play The Prince Consort, which was used to create the 1929 film Parade d'amour (The Love Parade). Brief ALS, [1930s], 1p, 8-1/4 x 5 in. Accompanied by 4 small portraits, 2 of which are original photos. VG..........50-75

879. [FRANCE] Guillaume-René Meignan (1817-1896) French Catholic apologist and scriptural exegete, Archbishop of Tours and Cardinal. ALS, 1887, 1-1/5 pp, 8vo. Not translated. VG........100-150

880. [FRANCE] (Jean-Antoine) Aime Giron [1838-1912] Fr. poet, author. He was also chief-editor of Le Figaro, the world famous newspaper. Manuscript Document Signed, 2pp, contract for his novel "Le Bien-Aime." Also signed by Albert Tazza. One corner clipped affecting a couple words o/w VG...............75-100

881. [FRANCE] Charles Monselet (1825-1888) french poet, journalist, novelist, columnist. Moving ALS, nd, 1p. My poor father will be dead in a few minutes. I cannot write a single word to you. VG..............50-75

882. LEON BAILBY [1867-1954] famous French newspaper man and philanthropist. ALS, 1916, on postcard. Fine.........30-40

883. (FRANCE) J(ules Charles) TRUFFIER [1856-1943] Fr. actor. ALS, no date, 1p. Not translated. Accompanied with picture postcard of Truffier.........35-45

884. [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

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885. [FRANCE] Charles-Hippolyte Castille [1820-1886] French romance writer and publisher. He founded the newspaper "Le Travail Intellectuel" with Molinari and "La Republique francaise". He had a talent as a pamphleteer in publishing studies under the reign of Louis Philippe. ALS, 1861, 1p., 5x8 in..................50-75

886. [FRANCE] Maurice Bedel (1883-1954) French novelist and essayist. He was awarded with the prix Goncourt in 1927 for Jérôme 60° latitude nord. He was elected in 1948 as president of the Société des gens de lettres. ALS, 1949, 2pp, To MRS. GEORGES-DAY, the writer. 8-1/4 x 10-1/2 in. VG...............75-100

887. [FRANCE] Pierre Martin Victor Richard de Laprade (1812-1883), known as Victor de Laprade, was a French poet and critic. After completing his studies at Lyon, he produced, in 1839, a small volume of religious verse, Les Parfums de Madeleine. This was followed in 1840 by La colère de Jesus, in 1841 by the religious fantasy of Psyche, and in 1844 by Odes et poèmes. In 1845 Laprade visited Italy on a mission of literary research, and in 1847 he was appointed professor of French literature at Lyon. The Académie française, by a single vote, preferred Émile Augier at the election in 1857, but in the following year Laprade was chosen to fill the place vacated by Alfred de Musset. In 1861 Laprade was removed from his post at Lyon owing to the publication of a poem satirising the Second Empire (Les Musées d'Etat), and in 1871 was elected to the National Assembly as a conservative. A statue was erected in his memory at Montbrison. ALS, 1872, 3pp, to the French poet Aime Giron. 5-1/4 x 8-1/4 in. VG............60-80

 

Told Napoleon Bonaparte to assume the title of Emperor

888. [FRANCE] Nicolas-Louis François de Neufchâteau (1750-1828) French statesman, poet, and scientist. After the French Revolution, Neufchâteau was elected deputy supplant to the National Assembly, charged with the organization of the département of the Vosges, and elected later to the Legislative Assembly, of which he first became secretary and then president. In 1793 he was imprisoned on account of his supposed political sentiments - as they were deduced from his drama Paméla ou la vertu récompensée (Théâtre de la Nation, 1 August 1793), but was set free a few days afterwards with the start of the Thermidorian Reaction. In 1797, he became Minister of the Interior , distinguishing himself by his thorough administration. It is Neufchâteau who initiated the French system of inland navigation. He inaugurated the museum of the Louvre and was one of the promoters of the first universal exhibition of industrial products. He replaced Lazare Carnot as a member of the French Directory, a position he held between 8 September 1797, and 20 May 1798. From 1804 to 1806 he was president of the Sénat conservateur, coinciding with the establishment of the First Empire - his office implied that he was the one to solicit Napoleon Bonaparte to assume the title of Emperor. In 1803, he was admitted to the Académie française, and in 1808 he received the dignity of count. Retiring from public life in 1814, after the Bourbon Restoration, he occupied himself chiefly with the study of agriculture until his death. Not sure if the letter offered here is a Letter Signed or an ALS, dated 1786, written on both sides, 7-1/4 x 12-1/2 in. This is in very good condition except for the fact that one edge has been shaved causing some loss to text and signature, esp. on the back side. See scans below. We are told that this letter is about "Business with foreign countries.".............150-250

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889. [FRANCE] Henri Bordeaux (1870-1963) French writer and lawyer. Bordeaux came from a family of lawyers of Savoy . His grandfather was a magistrate and his father served on the Chambéry bar. During his early life, he relocated between Savoy and Paris and the tensions between provincial and city life influenced his writings. In his professional life he observed closely the dissolution of numerous families and analysed the causes and consequences of these. From the age of seventeen he spent three years in Paris studying law. Then he returned to practice law in Savoy. He returned to Paris after the publication of his first book during 1894. When his father died in 1896 he returned to Savoy. The writings of Bordeaux reflect the values of traditional provincial Catholic communities. One recurring theme is loyalty. Loyalty is pervasive, and it applies to family, country and God. This theme is particularly evidenced in the novels "La Peur de vivre" and "Les Roquevillard." Bordeaux was elected to the Académie Française on May 22, 1919. This elite group of writers, popularly known as the "Immortals," are responsible for establishing and maintaining the grammar, usage and acceptance of vocabulary into standard French. ALS, Paris, 1933, 1p, 7 x 8-3/4 in. Spent quite awhile to determine that this letter is dated 1933 and NOT 1973. Very light edge toning and a pin hole..............60-80

890. [FRANCE] François Pierre Guillaume Guizot (1787-1874) French historian, orator, and statesman. Clip Signature on 4 x 2-1/4 slip..........35-45

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891. [FRANCE] Paul Ferrier (1843-1928) French dramatist. He had already produced several comedies when in 1873 he secured real success with two short pieces, Chez l'avocat and Les Incendies de Massoulard. Others of his numerous plays are Les Compensations (1876); L'Art de tramper les femmes (1890), with M. Najac. One of Ferrier's biggest successes was the production with Fabrice Carré of Josephine vendue par ses sヲurs (1886), an opera bouffée with music by Victor Roger. His opera libretti include La Marocaine (1879), music of Jacques Offenbach; Le Chevalier d'Harmental (1896) after the play of Alexandre Dumas, père, for the music of A Messager; La Fille de Tabarin (1901), with Victorien Sardou, music of Gabriel Pierné. ALS, no date, 1p., 3-3/4 x 4-3/4 in. Small smudge.........50-75

892. [FRANCE] Pierre Émile Levasseur (1828-1911) French economist. He was born and educated in Paris, France. He began teaching in the lycée at Alençon in 1852, and in 1857 became professor of rhetoric at Besançon . He returned to Paris to become professor at the lycée Saint Louis, and in 1868 he was chosen a member of the academy of moral and political sciences, in 1872 he was appointed professor of geography, history and statistics in the College de France, and subsequently became also professor at the Conservatoire des arts et métiers and at the École libre des sciences politiques (which later became known as the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris or its widely known nickname of Sciences Po). Levasseur was one of the founders of the study of commercial geography, and became a member of the Council of Public Instruction, president of the French society of political economy and honorary president of the French geographical society. Levasseur was elected member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in 1894. ALS, 1897, 2 full pages, 4-3/8 x 6-7/8 in. "R" in blue pencil on page 1. VG.........50-75

893. [FRANCE] Henri Léon Emile Lavedan (1859-1940) French dramatist and man of letters, was born at Orléans, the son of Hubert Léon Lavedan, a well-known Catholic and liberal journalist. Lavedan contributed to various Parisian papers a series of witty tales and dialogues of Parisian life, many of which were collected in volume form. In 1891 he produced at the Théâtre Français Une Famille, followed at the Vaudeville in 1894 by Le Prince d'Aurec, a satire on the nobility, afterward re-named Les Descendants. ALS, 1890, 2pp, to the poet Giron. Not translated. Fine..........80-120

 

894. [ART] Nicolas Toussaint Charlet (1792- 1845) French designer and painter, more especially of military subjects, was born in Paris. He was the son of a dragoon in the Republican army, whose death in the ranks left the widow and orphan in very poor circumstances. He served in the National Guard in 1814, fought bravely at the Barrière de Clichy. He entered the atelier of the distinguished painter Baron Gros, and soon began issuing the first of the lithographed designs which eventually brought him renown. His "Grenadier de Waterloo", 1817, with the motto "La Garde meurt et ne se rend pas" (a famous phrase frequently attributed to Cambronne, but which he never uttered, and which cannot, perhaps, be traced farther than to this lithograph by Charlet), was particularly popular. He was a hearty favourite among his intimates, one of whom was the painter Géricault. Offered here is a very lengthy ALS, not dated, 3 full pages, 8-1/2 x 10-1/2 in. To Porterlet, friend of Eugene Delacroix. Speaks about a lot of their common friends, including David [the painter?], and a rich foudeur (for engraving?). Very important letter.............300-400

895. [RELIGION] Henri Bremond (1865-1933) French literary scholar, sometime Jesuit, and Catholic philosopher, one of the theological modernists. He was born and educated in Aix-en-Provence . He served his novitiate in England, and took orders in 1892. He then taught for two years, and worked on the Jesuit publication Études He left the Society of Jesus in 1904. He wrote for the Annales de philosophie chrétienne, Correspondant, Revue des deux mondes and the Revue de Paris. He also became a prolific author of books on literary topics and Catholicism. He became a member of the Académie Française succeeding Louis Duchesne, being elected in 1923 to the seat number 36. He was also awarded the Légion d'honneur. ALS, NO YEAR, 4 FULL PAGES, 5-1/4 x 8-1/4". Not translated..........80-120

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896. [RELIGION] Charles-Francois Turinaz [1838-1918] Catholic Archbishop. Extremely long ALS, 1902, 4 very full pages. Fine. Not translated.........150-200

897. [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, 1920, 2pp, 4 x 5-1/4 in. Not translated............75-100

898. [ART] Eugène Isabey (1803-1886) French painter, draftsman, and printmaker. Isabey journeyed with the French Expedition to Algiers in 1830 as an illustrator. The expedition's paintings sold poorly on the market and encouraged him to switch to narrative and historical painting. He was later selected to become one of Louis-Philippe's court painters. ALS, no date, 1p, to Mr. Zimmerman. Not translated........75-100

899. [FRANCE] Claude Adhémar André Theuriet (1833-1907) French poet and novelist, was born at Marly-le-Roi (Seine et Oise), and was educated at Bar-le-Duc in his mother's province of Lorraine. Theuriet studied law in Paris and entered the public service, attaining the rank of chef de bureau, before his retirement in 1886. He published in 1867 the Chemin des bois, a volume of poems, many of which had already appeared in the Revue des Deux Mondes; Le bleu et le noir, poèmes de la vie réelle (1874), Nos oiseaux (1886), and other volumes followed. M. Theuriet gives natural, simple pictures of rustic and especially of woodland life, and Théophile Gautier compared him to Jaques in the forest of Arden. The best of his novels are those that deal with provincial and country life. Theuriet received in 1890 the prix Vitet from the French Academy, of which he became a member in 1896. He died on 23 April 1907, and was succeeded at the Academy by Jean Richepin. ALS, NO DATE, 1p. NOT TRANSLATED. VG.......50-75

900. [FRANCE] Xavier Marmier (1808-1892) French author born in Pontarlier, in Doubs. He had a passion for travelling, and this he combined throughout his life with the production of literature. After journeying in Switzerland, Belgium and the Netherlands, he was attached in 1835 to the Arctic expedition of the Recherche; and after a couple of years at Rennes as professor of foreign literature, he visited (1842) Russia, (1845) Syria, (1846) Algeria, (1848-1849) North America and South America, and numerous volumes from his pen were the result. In 1870 he was elected to the Academy (Seat 31), and he was for many years prominently identified with the Sainte-Geneviève library. He did much to encourage the study of Scandinavian literature in France, publishing translations of Holberg, Oehlenschlager and others. He died in Paris in 1892. LENGTHY 3 page ALS, Paris, 1834 plus address leaf. About Germany and his literature. Superb!...............100-150

901. [FRANCE] Gabriel Jean Baptiste Ernest Wilfrid Legouvé (1807-1903) French dramatist. As early as 1829 he carried away a prize of the Académie française for a poem on the discovery of printing. Legouvé wrote considerably for the stage, and in 1849 he collaborated with A. E. Scribe in Adrienne Lecouvreur. In 1855 he brought out his tragedy of Médée, the success of which had much to do with his election to the Académie française. He succeeded to the fauteuil of J. A. Ancelot, and was received by Flourens, who dwelt on the plays of Legouvé as his principal claim to consideration. After the death of Désiré Nisard in 1888, Legouvé became the father of the French Academy. ALS, no date, 1p. Speaks of Hefzed and le Figars. VG..........75-100

Reclusive Artist

902. [FRENCH ART] Charles Amédée de Noé, known as Cham (1818-1879) French caricaturist and lithographer. Raised by a family who wished him to attend a polytechnic school, he instead attended painting workshops by Nicolas Charlet and Paul Delaroche and began work as a cartoonist, taking on on the pseudonym "Cham". The name was a pun - a combination of the names "Charles" and "Amédée", and the Jewish name for Ham, son of Noah (Noah in French is Noé). In 1839 he published his first book, Mr. Lajaunisse, which began a career that would span 40,000 drawings. In 1843 he began to be published in newspapers like Le Charivari, whose staff he was on for thirty years. Later works included Proudhon en voyage and l'Histoire comique de l'Assemblée nationale. He wrote a number of comic plays towards the end of his life. ALS, no date, 1p. Not translated...........100-150

903. [CARDINAL] François-Désiré Mathieu (1839-1908) French bishop and Cardinal. On 3 January 1893, he was nominated to the Bishopric of Angers, was preconized on 19 January, and consecrated on 20 March. He succeeded Charles Émile Freppel , one of the most remarkable bishops of his time, and set himself to maintain all his predecessor's good works. To these he added the work of facilitating the education of poor children destined for the priesthood. He inaugurated the same enterprise in the Diocese of Toulouse, to which he was transferred three years later (30 May 1896) by a formal order of Pope Leo XIII. In his new see he laboured, in accordance with the views of this pontiff, to rally Catholics to the French Government. With this aim he wrote the Devoir des catholiques, an episcopal charge which attracted wide attention and earned for him the pope's congratulations. In addition he was summoned to Rome to be a cardinal at the curia (19 June 1899). In 1907 he was admitted to the French Academy with a discourse which attracted much notice. ALS, 1891, on 4.5 x 3.5 in. card. VG.................60-80

904. [FRANCE] Pierre François Hercule de Serre (1776-1824) Minister of Justice [1818-21]. ALS, Paris, no date, 1p. 4-1/4 x 7 in. VG............60-80

905. [FRANCE] Arthur Chuquet (1853&endash;1925) French historian and biographer. He was born in Rocroi, Ardennes. He is now best known for his Jeunesse de Napoléon appearing in three volumes from 1897 to 1899. He became a member of the Institut de France in 1900. Brief ALS, 1904, approx. 4 x 5-1/4 in. Fine............50-75

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906. [FRANCE] Michel Masson [1800-1883] author who co-wrote plays with Scribe. Nice ALS, 1850, 1p, 5-1/4 x 8 in. Speaks about rehearsals and writing end of play. VG........75-100

907. [FRANCE] Albert Auguste Gabriel Hanotaux, known as Gabriel Hanotaux (1853-1944) French statesman and historian. ALS, 1940, 1p. PLUS 1-1/2 unsigned but in his hand [manuscript ??]. VG..............60-80

908. [FRANCE] Joseph-Philippe Simon, called Lockroy [1803-1891] chief administrator of the Comédie-Française [1848]. ALS, no date, 2pp.......50-75

909. [FRANCE] Ernest Daudet [ 1837-1921] NOVELIST AND HISTORIAN; BROTHER OF Alphonse Daudet. ALS, no yr., 1p............50-75

910. [FRANCE] Pierre Barillet [b.1923] dramatist. ALS, 1967, on both sides, 8-1/4 x 10-1/2. Speaks about translation of Black Comedy and Peter Shaffer. VG.............60-80

911. [FRANCE] Joseph Dubosc, count of Pesquidoux (1869-1946), known as Joseph de Pesquidoux, was a French writer. In 1927 he won the Grand prix de littérature de l'Académie française, of which he was elected a member in 1936. He was also elected mainteneur of the Académie des Jeux floraux in 1938. Lengthy ALS, 1938, on postal card. VG.............60-80

912. [FRANCE] Pierre Girault de Nolhac (1859-1936), known as Pierre de Nolhac, was a French historian, art historian and poet. ALS, 1881, 1p., 4 x 5-1/4 in.............50-75

 

Considered the Father of Modern Chiromancy

913. [ART] Adolphe Desbarrolles (1801-1886) French artist. He is considered the father of modern chiromancy, aka palmistry or palm reading, a form of divination. ALS, 1865, 3 full pages. Minor loss at corner affects nothing. Archival repair that does not show. Re: his conference on chiromancy. VG really............100-150

914. [ART] Adolphe Desbarrolles (1801-1886) French artist. He is considered the father of modern chiromancy, aka palmistry or palm reading, a form of divination. ALS, 1865, 1p, with a few lines below & on verso in another hand [recipient?]........60-80

915. [FRANCE] Gabriel Monod (1844-1912) French historian, the nephew of Adolphe Monod. When the Franco-Prussian War broke out, Gabriel Monod, with his cousins Alfred and Sarah Monod, organized an ambulance with which he followed the whole campaign, from Sedan to Le Mans. He wrote a small book of memoirs of this campaign, Allemands et Français (1871), in which he spoke of the conquerors without bitterness; this attitude was all the more praiseworthy as his mother was originally from Alsace, and he was unable to resign himself to the loss of Alsace and Lorraine. ALS, Paris, 1904, written on both sides, 5x8". VG.............60-80

Portrait of Monod

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916. [FRANCE] Maurice Garcon (1889-1967) French novelist, historian, essayist and lawyer. A major figure at the bar, he gained a certain notoriety and was even mentioned with René Floriot in the last phrase of Jean-Pierre Melville's film "Bob le flambeur". ALS, 1958, 1p, 8-1/4 x 5-1/4". One fold crease o/w VG. To the critic, Robert Kemp.......60-80

Portrait of Garcon

 

917. [FRANCE] [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. In 1828 appeared his most important poem, Le Voyage en Grèce, and in the same year he was elected to the Academy. The revolution of 1830 opened up for him a public career; in 1831 he was made director of the Imprimerie Royale, and subsequently filled with distinction other public offices, becoming senator in 1853. ALS , no year, 2 full pages, 5-1/4 x 8". VG.............75-100

Portrait of Lebrun

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918. [FRANCE] Francis de Miomandre (1880&endash;1959) French novelist and well-known translator from Spanish into French. He was born in Tours, Indre-et-Loire and educated in Marseille. He began writing in his early twenties and won the Prix Goncourt in 1908 for his novel, Ecrít sur de l'Eau . His novels are highly imaginative and put together with the genuine talent of a romancer who has traveled far and wide at his own study table. Lengthy ALS, 1955, 1-1/2 pages [ON BOTH SIDES OF ONE SHEET], 8-1/4 x 10-1/2". To the critic, Robert Kemp. VG............75-100

919. FRANCE] Francis de Miomandre (1880&endash;1959) French novelist and well-known translator from Spanish into French. He was born in Tours, Indre-et-Loire and educated in Marseille. He began writing in his early twenties and won the Prix Goncourt in 1908 for his novel, Ecrít sur de l'Eau . His novels are highly imaginative and put together with the genuine talent of a romancer who has traveled far and wide at his own study table. Lengthy ALS, 1955, 1-1/2 pages [ON BOTH SIDES OF ONE SHEET], 5-1/4 x 8-1/4". To the critic, Robert Kemp. VG............75-100

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920. [AVIATION] Grandseigne - French pioneer of aviation. He was the first to fly over Paris at night. ALS, 1957, 1p in French, to Alphonse Malfanti, President of Les Ailes Brisees Society [Broken Wings]. See scan below........40-60

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921. [FRANCE] Henry Roujon [1853&endash;1914] senior bureaucrat, essayist and novelist. HIS SIGNATURE WITH SENTIMENT ON IMPRINTED CARD. PLUS MICHEL CORDAY - ALS, 1902, 1-1/4 pp. mentioning Roujon. Neither translated..............50-75

922. [FRANCE] LEON BERNARD [1877-1935] Fr. actor. ALS, no year, on both sides. To Tania Fedor - "Do whatever possible for that." Not translated...............30-40

 

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