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[ Dreyfus Affair; pamphlet ] Humanite-Verite-Justice L'Affaire Dreyfus Lettre a la Jeunesse

Author: 
Emile Zola
Publication details: 
Paris: Eugene Fasquelle, Editeur [...] 1897.
£100.00

Pamphlet, 13pp., 8vo, printed yellow paper wraps, sunned and soiled, text foxed but clear, spine worn (formerly bound into a volume of pamphlets). Front cover signed "Victor Leuliette" (author of Fenelon, His Life and Works ). Numerous copies in libraries but none currently recorded on the market (viaLibri).

[ Napoleon General; Battle of Ulm ] Note Signed "L.G. Suchet", text in secretarial hand, with further autograph note signed "Soult"note

Author: 
Louis-Gabriel Suchet, (1770-1826), Duke of Albufera (Duc d'Albuféra), was a Marshal of France and one of Napoleon's most brilliant generals. [ Marshal Soult ] .
Publication details: 
Le 3 Thermidor An 12 [July/August 1805 prob.]
£850.00

One page, 8vo, fold marks, corners chipped, mainly good condition. Part-printed (Heading "Au Quartier General de [wincille - in MS] Le {date as above] de la Republique francaise || Suchet General de Division Inspecteur General d'Infanterie."). Text in secretarial hand as follows: "A monsieur le marechal, | J'ai l'honneur de vous adresser un extrait des rapports qu'a recu le colonel du 17eme Regiment d'Infanterie legere, de ses officiers embarque.

[ Le Sel; Mesquer, commune of Loire-Atlantique department of France. ] Anonymous MS. document on 'oeillets de marais' and salt preparation, comprising fifteen 'Questions faites par monsieur le Sous prefet au maire de mesquer', each with answer.

Author: 
Mesquer, commune of the Loire-Atlantique department of France [ salt production; production de sel; 'oeillet de marais' ]
Publication details: 
[ Mesquer, Loire-Atlantique, France. ] Undated [ circa 1835 ].
£180.00

1p., landscape folio (30.5 x 39.5 cm). On watermarked laid paper. Divided into two columns: 'Questions faites par monsieur le Sous prefet au maire de mesquer' and 'Solution en Response a Monsieur Le Sous prefet Par Le Maire de Mesquer'. The first answer provides a definition of 'oeillet de marais', and is followed by facts regarding salt producers, their salaries, and other related matter. The reply to a question about the price of salt gives prices for the years 1833, 1834 and 1835.

[ Rothschilds; yachting ] Letter Signed "Bn. Arthur de Rothschild", the text in a Secretarial hand (prob.) to "Mr. St Clare Byrne, 48 Castle Street, L'pool" [St Clare John Byrne, a naval architect, specializing in the construction of luxury yachts.

Author: 
Arthur de Rothschild, Baron Rothschild (1851-1903), philtelist, collector of art, yachting enthusiast.
rothschild
Publication details: 
[Printed heading] Embossed Baron's coronet, 33 Faubourg St Honore, Paris, 29 January 1883.
£250.00
rothschild

Four pages, 12mo, bifolium, sl. dingy, and stained, tiny closed tear on fold mark, text clear and complete. Small docketing slip added to last page by Byrne (presumably) giving name of correspondent and dates of receipt and answer. Annotated on first page presumably by Byrne "recd 30th | an[swere]d 31st". Rothschild is "returning" a telegram and "the specification of the Candace". "From what you say about the 'Eros' [underlined; see note below ], I very much fear you are under the erroneous impression she is not worth more than a sixpence or so.

[ Fencing in the French army during the July Monarchy; escrime francaise ] Manuscript 'Brévet de Maitre d'Armes' presented to Marius Chaix of 2e Regiment, 16e. Division Militaire at Arras, signed by eighteen 'Maîtres d'Armes'.

Author: 
Marius Chaix, 2e Régiment, 16e Division Militaire (Arras) [ Fencing in the French army during the July Monarchy ]
Publication details: 
Arras. 6 December 1840.
£450.00

Headed, with the first line in gold: 'Corps Royal du Genie. | 2e. Regiment. | Academie d'Escrime. | Brévet de Maitre d'Armes.' The commission reads: 'Nous soussigné Maîtres d'Armes, Composant la garrison d'Arras, après avoir reconnu les capacités du Sieur Chaix, (Marius) Maître Ouvrier à la Ce. Compagnie du 2e. Bataillon, du dit Regiment. On one side of a 28 x 36 cm piece of cream paper. In fair condition, aged, creased and worn, with central vertical fold.

[ Edme Sainson, Ecuyer Conseiller Secrétaire du Roi (Louis XV). ] Signed Autograph Document on vellum, giving certified transcriptions of two documents relating to payments by 'Mre. Charles Dorel [...] Banquier Expeditionnaire en Court de Rome'.

Author: 
Edme Sainson (c.1726-1753), Ecuyer Conseiller Secrétaire du Roi (Louis XV) [ Charles Dorel, Banquier Expéditionnaire en Court de Rome ]
Publication details: 
The two transcribed documents are dated 2 May 1736 and 10 May 1736. The transcription is undated.
£320.00

On one side of a 22 x 33 cm piece of vellum. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn, with some pin-holes to margin. Stamp in black ink at head of the 'REV. CAS DU ROY [...] GEN. DE PARIS'. Signed at end: 'Collationné aux originaux par moi Ecer. Coner. Secretaire du Roy maison Couronne de france et de Ses finances/. | Sainson'. Each transcript is eight lines long, the first having been signed by 'Orry' and the second by 'Carreler' (both signatures also transcriptions). The recorded payments were made by Dorel in connection with his office as 'Coner.

[ Guillaume Boichot, French sculptor. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Boichot | membre de l'institut national'), to a 'Citoyen Collegue', asking for seeds for the planting of a botanic garden.

Author: 
Guillaume Boichot (1735-1814), French sculptor [ Christian de Launoy and Joseph PItton de Tornefort, botanists ]
Publication details: 
'Autun Ce 22 pluviose A. 7'. [ 10 February 1799 ]
£350.00

1p., 4to. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. Written in a small hand over 22 lines. He begins by stating that he is writing on behalf of 'lécole Centrale du departement de Saone et Loire séant a Autun', 'particulierement le professeur d'histoire naturelle et moi professeur de dessein en la même école'. The recipient will render them a great service if he will send 'toutes les graines qui sont denommée sur une premiere liste que jai remis'. The rest of the letter asks the recipient, with the help of 'le Ci. l'aunoy' [i.e.

[ Claude Dejoux, French sculptor. ] Autograph Document Signed ('Dejoux') providing a series of accounts (for the tax authorities?).

Author: 
Claude Dejoux (1732-1816), French sculptor
Publication details: 
'A Paris ce 19. 8bre. 1792. l'an 1er. de La République française'. [ 19 October 1792 ]
£350.00

2pp., 8vo. In good condition, on a leaf of lightly-aged paper. With circular red stamp of the autograph collector P. Jul. Fontaine. Begins: 'Claude Dejoux sculpteur de L'académie demeure actuellement a paris rue de L'université, palais de Bourbon.' The document, which carries the signature of a witness, consists of an extract, presumably for the tax authorities, beginning 'Certificate de La Section Des Invalides en date du 19. 8bre. 1792 L'an 1er. de La Republique'.

[ Antoine Renou, French painter and playwright. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Renou'), 'Au Citoyen Monger', a secretary to the Institut National

Author: 
Antoine Renou (1731-1806), French painter and playwright [ Monger of the Institut National; Pierre Bénézech (1749-1802), French Minister of the Interior ]
Publication details: 
'ce 4 Thermidor. An 5e.' [ 23 July 1797 ]
£450.00

4pp., 8vo. Bifolium. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. Signed 'Salut et fraternité | Renou'. A long and interesting letter, regarding student unrest in the French revolution, and involving a descision taken by the 'Classe des Sciences et Artes de l'Institut, qui acorde un jour de prolongation aux Concurrens pour les prix de Peinture', and the attempts of the Institut National to impose discipline.

[ Antoine-Denis Chaudet, French sculptor. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Chaudet') to a 'cher camarade' (the architect A.-L.-T. Vaudoyer?), with reference to the architect Julien-David Le Roy.

Author: 
Antoine-Denis Chaudet (1763-1810), French neoclassical sculptor [ Antoine-Laurent-Thomas Vaudoyer (1756-1846), architect; Julien-David Le Roy (1724-1803), architect and archaeologist ]
Publication details: 
'ce 25 Mess[idor] - an 11'. [ 14 July 1803 ]
£300.00

1p., 16mo. In good condition. He begins by thanking him for his concern over his health: 'je vais beaucoup mieux et avec des ménagements j'espere que cela n'auras pas de suite'. In the next paragraph he refers to the French architect Julien-David Le Roy, recently deceased: 'je savais le résultat de la tentative faites pour le respectable David le Roi il faut ce consoler avec les bonnes âmes de toute celle que l'on rencontre qui sont seche et aride'. A final paragraph describes his intentions towards 'souscripteurs'. In a postscript he presents his respects to 'Mme Vaudoyer'.

[ Eighteenth-century French map. ] Attractive manuscript map in colours, captioned in French and titled 'Plan & description De Certains Prez Appartenants Aux Dames Religieuses de lopital & A Jacques Gviot & autres'.

Author: 
[ Eighteenth-century French map ] [ Chanu, Bayeux? La Châtaigneraie, Vendée? ] [ Jacques Guiot; Maupas ]
French Map
Publication details: 
France [ Chanu, Bayeux? La Châtaigneraie, Vendée? ] Eighteenth century?
£180.00
French Map

On piece of 38 x 30 cm watermarked paper. In fair condition, lightly aged. In red, green and sepia. Within a border, and with 'OCCIDENT' at the head, 'ORIANT' at the foot, 'MIDY' to the left and 'SEPTENTRION' to the right. Attractive in design, with capital letters in red and simple tree design around the boders of fields.

[ Printed catalogue of puppet figures by Albert Guillaume, produced for the 1900 Paris World's Fair. ] Exposition Universelle de 1900 | Au Théâtre des Bonshommes Guillaume | Au Cours-la-Reine (Rue de Paris)'.

Author: 
[ Albert Guillaume (1873-1942), French painter, caricaturist and 'father of the modern poster'; Exposition Universelle de 1900; Paris World's Fair, 1900 ]
Waxworks/Puppets
Publication details: 
H. Simonis Empis | Editeur | 21, Rue des Petits-Champs, Paris. [ 1900. ]
£100.00
Waxworks/Puppets

16pp., landscape 8vo. Stapled in cream printed wraps, printed in black red, grey, yellow and blue, with caricature by Guillaume on cover showing a lady performer on a chair with a glove puppet of a gentleman. Worn and aged, with rusted staples, and wrappers detached. The sixteen pages of the catalogue are printed in light-blue and yellow on shiny art paper, and consist entirely of captioned photographs of waxworks, with no accompanying text.

[ Louis-Philippe Mouchy, French sculptor. ] Part of request to 'Concitoyens Commissaires', signed 'Mouchy Sculpteur de l'academie de peinture de la Commission des monuments', regarding works of art in the 'Cy devant Seminaire de St. Louis' in Paris.

Author: 
Louis-Philippe Mouchy (1734-1801), French sculptor [ La Commission des Monuments, Paris; French Revolution ]
Publication details: 
25 January 1793.
£280.00

1p., 8vo. In good condition. The ancient Seminary of St Peter and St Lewis in Paris (now demolished) was being used as barracks at the time Mouchy was writing, having been suppressed the year before. The page begins: 'Au Cy devant Seminaire de St. Louis rue d'Enfer dans L'Eglise sont a distraire de la vente primo tous ce qui Compose le maitre autel en marbre bleux et blanc, et le grand Tableaux [sic] representant St. Pierre guerissant un paralitique, [sic] et autres Secondo les chapelles de cote aussy [sic] de même Couleur avec leurs tableaux bordures dorés, dont l'un est un St.

[ Jean-Pierre Pequignot, French sculptor and artist. ] Autograph Receipt Signed ('Pequignot | Sculpteur') for moneys received from the 'Citoyen Penkoucke' for a copy 'dune joueuse dosselets' [sic; female player of bones?]].

Author: 
Jean-Pierre Pequignot (1765-1807), French sculptor and artist [ Panckoucke family, Parisian printers ]
Publication details: 
'a paris le 23 brumaire lan qatrieme [sic] de la republique'. [ 15 November 1795 ]
£300.00

1p., 4to. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. Pequignot's spelling is shaky. The document reads: 'Le Sossignez en reconais avoir recu du Citoyen Penkoucke la Some de deux mile franc a Compte dune Copie que je lui fais dune joueuse dosselets | Pequignot | Sculpteur'. He is referring apparently to an engraving of his sculpture "La Joueuse d'Osselets" ["jacks"], or some form or other. The recipient was a member of the notable firm of French printers and publishers, probably Charles-Joseph Panckoucke (1736-1798).

[ Edme Gaulle, French sculptor. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Gaulle') to the painter François Devosge, describing his success since leaving Dijon for Paris, and giving news of the recipient's son Anatole Devsoges.

Author: 
Edme Gaulle (1762-1841), French sculptor [ François Devosge (1732-1811), French painter and sculptor; his son the painter Anatole Devosges (1770-1850) ]
Publication details: 
'Paris Le 14 Germinal An 7'. [ 3 April 1799 ]
£300.00

4pp., 4to. Bifolium. Long letter (95 lines) in a small and neat hand. Addressed, with broken seal in red wax, on reverse of second leaf, 'Au Citoyen Devosge professeur de L'Ecole nationale de peinture et Sculpture | À Dijon'. An interesting letter, including news of his success since leaving Dijon for Paris ('Mon début a été heureux') and several references to 'Anatoille', a pet-name for the recipient's son, then studying at the studio of David, as well as the 'nouvelle officielle' of a French victory over the Austrians.

[ Charles Dupaty, French sculptor. ] Signed appeal written 'au nom de ses camarades', the artist Edme Gaulle, 'Vauthier Peintre' and 'Citoyen Grandjean eleve de L'ecole de'Architecture [sic]'), regarding their position as 'requisitonnaires'.

Author: 
Charles Dupaty [ Louis-Marie-Charles-Henri Mercier Dupaty ] (1771-1825), French sculptor [ Edme Gaulle; Jules-Antoine Vauthier; Auguste-Henri-Victor Grandjean de Montigny ]
Publication details: 
[ France, 1790s. ]
£400.00

1p., 4to. In fair condition, on lightly-aged paper, with slight wear along one edge. The recipient is not named. Reads: 'les Citoyens Edme Gaulle, L. M. Charles Henry Mercier Dupaty réquisitionnaires éleves de L'ecole de Peinture et Sculpture concurrents aux grand prix de cette armée sont incorporés dans la 96eme 1/2 brigade actuellement a Paris | Le Citoyen Vauthier Peintre et réquisitionnaire est dans la 9 1/2 bridgade.

[ Pierre-Nicolas Beauvallet, French sculptor. ] Autograph Petition Signed ('Beauvalle | Artiste Statuer') to the Comité d'Instruction Publique, describing the 'differents titres' entitling him to national benevolence as a 'bon Republicain'.

Author: 
Pierre-Nicolas Beauvallet (1750-1818), French sculptor and printmaker
Publication details: 
'Au 3me de la R. une Et indivisible 7 Pluviose' [ i.e. 26 January 1795 ]. 'Cour du Muséum au Point Central des Arts [ Paris ]'.
£280.00

1p., 12mo. In good condition, with light signs of age. Signed 'Beauvallet | Artiste Statuer Cour du Muséum au Point Central des Arts'. Addressed at head 'Aux Representants du Peuple fraincois Composant Le Comité d'instruction Publique'. An interesting appeal, reading as follows: 'Citoyens | je reclame les Secours que la Convention nationale accorde aux artistes. je n'ai Point de fortune. je Suis Pere de famille. j'ai offert mon fils agée de 16 ans a ma Patrie, il Sert en ce moment sur les Vesseaux de la Republique a Brent.

[ Pierre Audouin and Pierre Laurent, French engravers. ] Manuscript contract, signed by the 'deux Graveur en Taille douce' ('P. Audouin' and 'Pre Laurent'), binding Audouin to produce an engraving of a painting by Gerard ter Borch in the Louvre.

Author: 
Pierre Audouin (1768-1822) and Pierre Laurent (1739-1809), French engravers
Publication details: 
Paris. 17 May 1792.
£250.00

1p., 8vo. In good condition, with tax stamp on reverse. The addresses of the two men are given as 'enclos du Temple' for Laurent and 'Rue de Tournon No. 4' for Audouin. Audouin undertakes to engrave, with 'tous mes soins pour y mettre toute La perfection', 'un dessein fais d'après Le Tableau de Terburg du Cabinet du Roi, Representans un Riche financier qui offre de L'ord [sic] a une jeune femme'. For his part Laurent agrees to pay Audouin 'La Somme de deux mille deux cens [sic] Livre'.

[ Lucien Jeorgeaguet, Parisian porcelain [porcelaine] decorator. ] Collection of source material, including original drawings (some coloured) and photographs. Included among the drawings are two signed by 'Alice Mattei | pour Delvaux'.

Author: 
Lucien Jeorgeaguet, Parisian porcelain decorator [ Alice Mattei; Delvaux ]
Publication details: 
With label addressed to 'Mr JEORGEAGUET Lucien | Décorateur Porcelaine | 48 Rue de Pixérecourt | PARIS XXe Gr 14'. Mattei's drawings dated February and March 1961. Also a bill dated 24 November 1970. The other material from around the same time.
£600.00

53 items, in remains of folder with 'Documents Modèles' in manuscript on cover. In fair condition, with light signs of age and wear. Mainly comprising tracings and drawings (some coloured) of designs (both original and copied from historical items), in pencil, pen and watercolour, including some on pages torn from notebooks, some of them annotated in French. Mattei's two coloured drawings show bold floral designs for teacups and saucers. Also present is a series of versions of a playing-card design. There are also eleven black and white photographs of pots, vases and snuffboxes.

[ Émilie Broisat, actress with the Comédie-Française. ] Autograph Letter Signed to 'Monsieur Laval', declining an invitation.

Author: 
Émilie Broisat (1846-1929), French actress with the Comédie-Française
Publication details: 
'Dimanche soir' [ no place or date ].
£30.00

2pp., 12mo. On bifolium. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. Gracefully declining an invitation.

[ Jane Porter, English novelist. ] Part of Autograph Letter from 'Miss Porter' to 'Monsr. Ventouillac'.

Author: 
Jane Porter (1776-1850), English novelist [ Louis Théodore Ventouillac (1798-1834), Professor of French Literature at King's College, London ]
Publication details: 
Place and date not stated.
£30.00

On both sides of 7 x 11 cm. piece of paper, cut from a letter. On one side is the address: 'Monsr. Ventouillac | to the care of Master Morgan | From Miss Porter -'. And on the other a fragment of the letter: '<...> that the same volume will be so presented to him, by the Revd Mr. Pole and Mr. Ventouillac. Miss P - hopes Mr. V - <...> success in his <...>'.

[ Charles Lucien Bonaparte, ornithologist and nephew of Napoleon. ] Autograph Signature (' C L. Bonaparte').

Author: 
Charles Lucien Bonaparte [ Charles Lucien Jules Laurent Bonaparte, 2nd Prince of Canino and Musignano ] (1803-1857), biologist and ornithologist, nephew of Napoleon Bonaparte
Publication details: 
Place and date not stated.
£56.00

On 5.5 x 14 cm. strip of paper. Apparently written in response to a request for an autograph. Reads: 'I am much flattered by the demand | C L. Bonaparte' ('demand' being a mistake for 'request').

[ Printed item, inscribed by the author ('G Vapereau'). ] L'Année Littéraire et Dramatique.

Author: 
G. Vapereau, Auteur du Dictionnaire universel des Contemporains [ Louis Gustave Vapereau (1819-1906), French critic and lexicographer ]
Publication details: 
Première Année (1858). Paris: Librairie de L. Hachette et Cie, Rue Pierre-Sarrazin, No 14. 1859.
£180.00

viii + 491 + [1]pp., 8vo. Aged and slightly damp-stained along the fore-edge. In worn calf quarter-binding, marbled endpapers. Inscribed on half-title 'A M. J de Vasconcellos | Hommage de l'auteur | G Vapereau'.

[ Peter le Neve Foster, Secretary to the Society of Arts. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('P. le Neve Foster') to W. H. Teulon, expressing great distress at the news of the death of an old friend.

Author: 
Peter le Neve Foster (1809-1879), Secretary to the Society of Arts [ William Hensman Teulon (1809-1899), London hop merchant ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the Society of Arts, Adelphi, London. 11 December 1876.
£45.00

3pp., 8vo. Bifolium. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. He is 'shocked as well as surprised' at the sad news of the death of his 'old friend', who had told Foster's assistant the previous Tuesday that he had had 'a fainting fit which he understood came from any of the heart'. Foster is 'truly grieved at the loss', 'a more excellent worthy character it was not my lot to have met with and my experience has now run over many years. He was truly a friend and at my time of life there is little chance of my being able to fill the vacancy his death creates'.?>

[ French numismatics. ] Anonymous Victorian manuscript lists, in English, of mainly French medals contained in the 'Largest Box'.

Author: 
[ Victorian French numismatics ]
Publication details: 
[ English, mid-Victorian. ]
£180.00

A total of 10pp., 12mo. Neatly written out in a close mid-Victorian hand. Accompanied by a slip of paper carrying a list of the eight sections into which the items in the 'Largest Box' were divided. Three of the eight are lacking. The five sections present are: '2 French Medals', '3 French Medals', '5 Medals of Various Countries', '7 French Sovereigns | Members of the Bourbon Family | French Statesmen.', and '8 Napoleon and his Family.

[ Lucien-Anatole Prévost-Paradol, French journalist and essayist. ] First page of Autograph Letter, giving details of a lecture he proposes to give.

Author: 
Lucien-Anatole Prévost-Paradol (1829-1870), French journalist and essayist
Publication details: 
Paris. 23 April [ 1869 ].
£80.00

1p., 12mo. On aged and worn paper. Docketted on reverse: 'Letter Lectures | Prevost Peradol | 23 April 1869'. Reads: 'Sir | I accept the honourable invitation which is transmitted to me through your kind letter from the Directors of the philosophical institution of Edinburgh. The subject will be the social and political condition of France in two lectures.'

[ François Guizot, French politician and historian ] Autograph address, on cover of letter, to London bookseller Richard Bentley, with postmarks and seal in black wax.

Author: 
François Guizot [ François Pierre Guillaume Guizot ] (1787-1874), French politician and historian [ Richard Bentley (1794-1871), London printer and publisher ]
Publication details: 
With three postmarks, one from Paris, 13 February 1852
£45.00

Covering leaf of letter, 18 x 22.5 cm, folding into 7 x 15.5 cm packet. In fair condition, aged and worn. Addressed by Guizot to 'Mr. Bentley bookseller | 8 New Burlington Street | London | England.' Seal in black wax (without impression) and three postmarks, two circular French ones, including one from Paris, and an English one in red ink. Perhaps the cover of a communication relating to his book 'Corneille and his Times', published by Bentley in 1852.

[ French printed handbill. ] Copie d'une lettre adressée à très-haut et très-puissant prince monseigneur, duc d'Angoulême, par le très-humble frère trappiste, Antonio Maragnon.

Author: 
Antonio Maragnon (c.1778-1826) [ 'le Trappiste' ], French soldier-priest, commander of a division of 'l'Armée de la foi' [ Louis Antoine of France, Duke of Angoulême (1775-1844), last Dauphin ]
Publication details: 
'Toulouse, 10 février. [ 1825? ]' [ 'Imprimerie de madame Jeunehomme-Crémières, rue des Noyers, n. 46.' ]
£250.00

2pp., 4to. On laid paper. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn. Armorial engraving as heading, with crown, clouds and halo. Addressed to 'Sérénissime seigneur', and fulsome in his praise: 'C'est vous qui avez touché le coeur des potentats de l'Europe, et qui les avez rendus fovorables [sic] à notre cause; [...]'. Concludes by looking to the day when 'notre restauration sera accomplie, quand vous aurez assuré, ô prince magnanime, le triômphe de l'autel et du trone et le repos de mon pays'. Presumably written on the death of Louis XVIII.

[ Jérôme De la Lande, French astronomer and freemason. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('De la Lande | de l'accad. des Sciences'), in French, with engraved portrait.

Author: 
Jérôme De la Lande [ Joseph Jérôme Lefrançois de Lalande ] (1732-1807), French astronomer and freemason
Publication details: 
'Au College royal le 13 dec. 1783'.
£200.00

Both items in good condition, with light signs of age, and both tipped in to a paper folder, on the front of which is written the entry from the1833 bookseller's catalogue from which they were purchased: 'La Lande Member of the Academy of Sciences at Paris, a very interesting Letter to some Magistrate soliciting relief for the purpose of his labouring usefully, having expended much money on his pursuits, without reserving any indemnity. It exhibits his delicacy in soliciting this assistance, and expresses a hope that his asseverations will obtain credit.

[ César-François Cassini de Thury, French astronomer. ] Signed ('Cassini de Thury') Autograph Copy of Letter, in French, sent to 'M. Bayeux', regarding the Sieur du Tremblay.

Author: 
César-François Cassini de Thury (1714-1784), French astronomer and cartographer [ Daniel-Charles Trudaine (1703-1769), civil engineer ]
Publication details: 
Paris. 3 June 1751.
£450.00

1p., 4to. In very good condition, on lightly aged paper. Tipped into a paper wallet, on the front of which is written in a contemporary hand the entry from the1833 bookseller's catalogue from which it was purchased, indicating that the item was considered uncommon even at that time: 'Cassini, the Astronomer, relative to a Memoir of the Sieur du Tremblay. | A choice specimen of a scarce Autograph. | No 176 Thorpe's Catalogue 1833'. Cassini's copy letter, with nine lines of text, is written over the unsigned letter to which it is the reply..

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