FRANCAISES

Autograph Letter Signed ('H. Taine'), in French, from the critic Hippolyte Taine to an unnamed firm of English-language publishers, thanking them for payment for a translation of his 'Histoire de la Littérature Anglaise', and discussing other works.

Author: 
Hippolyte Taine (1828-1893), French critic and historian [Henri Van Laun (1820-1896); Edmonston & Douglas, Edinburgh publishers]
Publication details: 
30 March 1872; Chatenay par Antony, Seine.
£180.00

3 pp, 16mo. 47 lines. Text clear and complete. In small tight and difficult hand. Fair, on lightly-aged paper. He begins by thanking them for the cheque for a thousand francs for the translation of the book by Henri Van Laun, before going on, in response to an enquiry from the recipients, to discuss other translations of his work into English, with reference to the London publishers Sampson Low & Co, and Reeves & Co.

Autograph Letter Signed from Louis-Antoine-François de Marchangy ('L de Marchangy') to 'Monsieur le Comte' [Vincent-Marie Viénot, comte de Vaublanc?].

Author: 
Louis-Antoine-François de Marchangy (1782-1826), French writer [Vincent-Marie Viénot (1756-1845), comte de Vaublanc?]
Louis-Antoine-François de Marchangy
Publication details: 
'Limoges ce 22 8bre. [Octobre]' [on paper watermarked 1823].
£95.00
Louis-Antoine-François de Marchangy

8vo, 4 pp. Seventy lines of text. Clear and complete. Fair, on aged paper, with the outer pages browned. The identity of the recipient is suggested by the following, written in the margin of the first page: 'Ces Dames vous supplient d'agréer l'hommage de leurs souvenirs. Mesdames de Vaublanc et veulent elles me permettre de leur offrir ici la mienne?' His correspondent is writing his memoirs, and de Marchangy considers that he has 'mille fois raison de vivre dans le passé, s'il vous console du present'.

Anonymous manuscript, in French, by the 'Doyen de la Musique du Roi', listing those 'Musiciens du Roi' alive and dead in 1815, and giving the 'Apostile de M. de Rohan a ma demande de Bibliotécaire [sic] honoraire'.

Author: 
[La Musique du Roi (the King's Music); Monsieur de Rohan; Bourbon France]
La Musique du Roi (the King's Music)
Publication details: 
[Circa 1815.]
£450.00
La Musique du Roi (the King's Music)

12mo, 8 pp. Fair, on aged laid paper. On four leaves removed from a pocket book, with two leaves numbered in manuscript '41' and '42'. Apparently a first-person draft of information for an appeal by the oldest surviving member (from the inception of the group) for a stipend. Begins 'Depuis le commencement de l'an 1760 que j'ai ete recu a la Musique du Roi, j'ai été en exercice jusqu'en 1792, avec 222. sujets qui s'y sous dont 40 vivant encore au 18 Janvier 1815. [...]'.

Autograph Letter Signed ('J Würtz'), in French, to 'mon cher Martin'

Author: 
J. Würtz [Commission Scientifique pour l'exploration des Antiquités Américaines, Paris]
Publication details: 
19 September 1851; on letterhead of the Commission Scientifique pour l'exploration des Antiquités Américaines, Paris.
£45.00

8vo, 3 pp. Bifolium. Good, on lightly-aged paper. In a difficult hand. Apparently relating to a proposed meeting and dinner for 'tous les trois' (including ''). It is curiously difficult to discover anything, either about Würtz or about the Commission.

Anonymous manuscript report, in French, beginning 'On taxe d'impudence les administrateurs, pour avoir donné un ordre au Cap[itain]e. Blanc pour l'exportation des Negres de la Société Vaudeuil, et surtout pour y avoir fait mention de sa cargaison.'

Author: 
[The slave trade; slavery; Capitaine Blanc; la Société de Vaudeuil; Cayenne, French Guiana; Guadeloupe; Tobago; San Domingo]
Publication details: 
Place and date not stated [Before 1848].
£95.00

4to: 2 pp. 44 lines of text. Neatly written on very good lightly-creased and spotted light-green watermarked laid paper. Apparently an official report. The author begins by pointing out that as the 'ordonnances des Colonies' forbid the exportation of negroes from one French colony to another, such an exportation must be authorised 'd'une maniere autentique par les administrateurs'. Otherwise 'les Negres, le Cape. Blanc, son navire & sa cargaison' could have been seized by the first royal vessel they encountered, or in the first port at which they docked.

Autograph Letter Signed ('Marsy'), in French, to 'Monsieur le Président et Cher Confrère' [Monsieur Théodore Hippert].

Author: 
Arthur, Comte de Marsy (1843-1900), archaeologist, director of the Société française d'Archéologie pour la Conservation des monuments historiques
Publication details: 
15 January 1894; on letterhead of the Société.
£75.00

12mo: 4 pp. Good, on lightly aged and creased paper. 65 lines of text. Discusses, among other matter, the recipient's 'Exposition de Dentelles', a 'voyage à Bruxelles', a 'très agréable reunion à Abbeville', and a trip by 67 members to Kent. Accompanied by a ten-line manuscript biography of de Marsy, in French in a contemporary hand, tipped in onto another slip of paper cut away from the letter's envelope, and bearing the address in de Marsy's hand.

Autograph Letter Signed ('Sédillot, professeur d'histoire, Secrètaire du Collège de France') in French to 'Monsieur Le Maire' [of the XIe arrondissement of Paris].

Author: 
Louis Pierre Eugène Amélie Sédillot (1808-1875), French orientalist
Publication details: 
12 January 1849; on letterhead of the Collège de France.
£56.00

4to, 1 p. Good, on aged paper worn at extremities. Text clear and entire. Gives details of his placement in 1837 in the 'cadre de reforme de la Garde Nationale', and of the registration of the decision by the Mayor. 'Cette décision [...] m'est réclamée par le nouveau Sergent major de la compagnie, M. Alger, et je viens vous prier de m'en faire délivrer une copie dûment légalisée.'

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