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- Alexandre DUMAS Stockholm, Fontainebleau et Rome, trilogie dramatique sur la vie de Christine Barba, Paris 1830, 13,5x22,5cm, relié. First edition. Contemporary brown paper Bradel binding, modern black sheep title label, skillful repairs to joints and corners. Rare autograph inscription from the author to his friend the sculptor David (d'Angers). The inscription, though its ink has faded, is still legible. Retaining its frontispiece lithograph by Raffet. Occasional spotting. 1 500 € Réf : 43351 Order
Dezallier Dargenville (Antoine Joseph) - 1709 - La Théorie et la Pratique du Jardinage - A Paris, chez Jean Mariette, MDCCIX (1709), 4to (26.8 × 20.5 cm) - Contemporary leather binding, spine with 5 raised bands. Condition: original binding in fairly good condition. Corners slightly dented, some light wear and caps restored (see photos). (Titre, table des chapitres, approbation & privilège, avis au relieur) - 208 pp. 32 plates complete and in good condition. Beautiful copy, interior very crisp. Some small spots and some pages slightly yellowed. No foxing. Original edition, rare and mythical, anonymously published. Very well-known and important treatise on French gardens, often reprinted in France and in England in the 18th century. With 32 double-page or folding plates, engraved by Mariette after drawings by Jean-Baptiste Alexandre Le Blond.
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PERCHERON Luc. Pyrrhe, tragdie de Luc Percheron, du pays du Maine (1592). Paris, Crapelet, 1845; in-8, maroquin rouge, encadrement de filets dors avec fleurons d’angle au pointill, au centre des plats motif losang form de 4 fleurons au pointill et petits fers, dos nerfs entirement recouvert de motifs dors petits fers, dentelle intrieure, tranches dores (Bauzonnet-Trautz). Volume plac dans un bel tui bote moderne dos de maroquin rouge. 3,000-3,500 Premire dition, imprime seulement 16 exemplaires pour quelques bibliophiles et tablie "d’aprs le manuscrit autographe conserv dans la bibliothque du Mans".- Brunet, Suppl., col. 198. "Inconnu aux auteurs qui se sont occups de l’histoire du thtre franais, Pyrrhe, dat de 1592, antrieur par consquent aux essais d’Alexandre Hardy, est certainement digne d’intrt [et] n’a rien envier aux productions estimes de Jodelle, de Jean de la Taille et de Robert Garnier". Un des deux exemplaires imprims sur peau de vlin. Exemplaire du marquis de Clinchamp qui finana la publication avec son nom imprim sur un feuillet blanc et son ex-libris. Il est conserv dans une luxueuse reliure de Trautz et Bauzonnet. Le deuxime exemplaire sur peau de vlin, dans une reliure strictement semblable, appartenait Raoul de Montesson, coditeur du livre avec Max de Clinchamp.- Frottements aux mors, bel tui.
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WILLE, I. G.- "BONNE FEMME DE NORMANDIE. Dedi� a Monsieur Jean Valentine Meyer Negociant a Hambourg" Grav� par... graveur du Roi et de L. M. Imp. et Roy, d�apr�s le dessein de son fils Pierre Alexandre Wille. Paris: l�Auteur, s.a. Grabado (huella: 260 x 190 mm.) enmarcado.
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Haiti - Remarkable and irreplaceable group of 29 documents ranging from 1810 to 1985 signed by Presidents and leaders of Haiti from Alexandre Petion to "Baby Doc" Duvalier (just prior to being deposed). An extremely rare archive relating to the complicated and often violent history of the first independent black republic, and the only nation ever to form a successful slave revolt Archive consisting of 28 documents presidents and leaders of Haiti spanning from 1810 to 1985. Many documents worn with fold splits, edge wear and minor stains. Overall the collection is in very good condition. 1.) Partly-printed document signed, "Petion", in French, as President, one page, 4to, May 17, 1814, on Republique D'Hayti letterhead. Alexandre Petion served as President of the Republic of Haiti from March 10, 1807 to March 29, 1818. Four holes corresponding to the blank integral leaf with loss to several words. 2.) Letter signed'Boyer", in French, as President of Haiti, three pages, tall folio, April 18, 1826, on engraved letterhead of the Republique D'Hayti [Jean Pierre Boyer, ruled until 1844, followed Petion] 3.) Partly-printed document signed"Louis Pierrot", in French, as President, one page, tall folio, December 15, 1845, on Republique D'Haitienne letterhead addressed to the Citizen Counselor of State. Jean-Louis Pierrot served as President from April 16, 1845 to March 1, 1846. Fine. 4.) Partly-printed document signed"Riche", in French, as President of the Republic of Haiti, three pages, 4to, January 1847, on Republique D'Haitienne letterhead. Jean-Baptiste Riche served as President from March 1, 1846 to February 27, 1847. Cut through both pages, edges chipped. 5.) Document signed"Faustin", as Emperor of Haiti, three pages, 4to, Port-Au-Prince, July 1858, on letterhead engraved with the seal of the Emperor. Faustin Soulouque was President from March 1, 1847 to August 26 1849 when he proclaimed himself Emperor August 26, 1849 to January 15, 1859, until forced to abdicate by Fabre Geffrard. 6.) Partly-printed document signed"Geffrard", in French, as President, one page, tall folio, November 3, 1863, addressed to the Representatives of the State. Fabre Geffrard served as President from January 16, 1859 to March 13, 1867. Fine. 7.) Partly-printed document signed"Nissage Saget", in French, as President, one page, tall folio, August 26, 1872, on letterhead with the Haitian coat of arms. Nissage Saget served as President from December 27, 1869 to May 13, 1874. Separations with partial loss. 8.) Partly-printed document signed"Domingue", in French, as President, one page, tall folio, February 17, 1875, addressed to the National Legislation. Michel Domingue served as President from June 14, 1874 to April 15, 1876. Loss to the right margin. 9.) Partly-printed document signed by four officials, in French, one page, tall folio, July 15, 1876. At this point, Haiti was under a Provisional government, lead by Pierre-Theoma Boisrond-Canal, Jean-Louis Hyppolite, Louis Tanis Aine, Antoine-Louis Audain (Sr), and Monrun Arnoux. The document appears to be signed by"Hyppolite","Aine","Arnoux"and"Audain". They ruled from April 23, 1876 to July 19, 1876 (this document is signed 3 days prior to the end of this provisional government) 10.) Partly-printed document signed"Boisrand-Canal", in French, as President, one page, tall folio, August 18 1877, on letterhead with the Haitian coat of arms. Pierre Theoma Boisrand-Canal served as President from April 23, 1876 to July 17, 1879. Fine. 11.) Document signed"Salomon", in French, two pages, on Republique D'Haiti letterhead, September 11, 1885, addressed to the Senate. Lysius Salomon, President of Haiti from 1879, was overthrown in 1888. Fine. 12.) Partly-printed document signed"Salomon", in French, as President, one page, tall folio, September 24, 1887, on letterhead with the Haitian coat of arms, addressed to the Secretary of State for Finances. Lysuis Salomon served as President from October 2, 1879 to August 10, 1888. Fine. 13.) Partly-printed Document signed"Legitime", in French, as President of Haiti, one page, tall folio, May 6, 1889, Port-Au-Prince, on official letterhead with the Haitian coat of arms. Francois Legitime, President of Haiti from December 1888, was overthrown in August 1889. 14.) Printed Document signed"F. Hyppolite", in French, as President of Haiti (1889-1896, died in office), one page, tall folio, March 11, 1890, on letterhead with the Haitian coat of arms. Fine. 15.) Document signed"F. Hyppolite", in French, as President of Haiti (1889-1896, died in office), one page, 4to, June 1891, on letterhead with the Haitian coat of arms. 16.) Document signed"T. A. S. Sam", in French, as President of Haiti, one page, tall folio, April 6, 1896 (his first week in office), Port-Au-Prince, on Republic of Haiti letterhead with a large engraved coat of arms, addressed to the Senate of the Republic. Tir©sias Augustin Simon Sam (1835 - 1916) was the President of Haiti from March 31, 1896 to May 12, 1902. He abdicated the presidency just before completing his six-year term. A likeness of Simon Sam has been featured on several Haitian postage stamps. His son, Jean Vilbrun Guillaume Sam, also became President of Haiti. 17.) Partly-printed document signed"P. N. Alexis", in French, as President, one page, tall folio, September 13, 1904, on letterhead with the Haitian coat of arms, addressed to the Senate. Pierre Nord Alexis served as President from December 17, 1902 to December 2, 1908. Fine. 18.) Partly-printed document signed"F. A. Simon", in French, one page, tall folio, March 16, 1909, on letterhead of the Republic of Haiti, containing the Haitian coat of arms. An appointment. Francois Antoine Simon served as President of Haiti from December 6, 1908 to August 3, 1911. Fine. 19.) Partly-printed document signed"Cincinnatus Leconte", in French, as President, one page, tall folio, November 21, 1911 on La Commission d'Enquete Administrative letterhead. Cincinnatus Leconte served as President from July 24, 1911 to August 8, 1912. Well worn, especially at the right edge, a couple of paper separations, still completely intact. 20.) Partly-printed document signed"Cincinnatus Leconte", in French, as President, one page, tall folio, April 29, 1912, on letterhead with the Haitian coat of arms. Cincinnatus Leconte served as President from July 24, 1911 to August 8, 1912. Well worn, especially at the right edge, a couple of paper separations, still completely intact. 21.) Document signed"Tancrede August", in French, as President of Haiti, Three pages, tall folio, April 21, 1912, on letterhead with the Haitian coat of arms. Tancrede August served as President of Haiti August 8, 1912 to May 3, 1913. 22.) Partly-printed document signed"O. Zamor", in French, as President of Haiti, one page, tall folio, addressed to the State and Justice Departments. Oreste Zamor served only from February 8 through October 29, 1914. Fine 23.) Document signed"Joseph Davilmar Theodore", as President, one page 4to, January 14, 1915, Republic of Haiti letterhead. Joseph Davilmar Theodore was President of Haiti from November 6, 1914 to February 22, 1915. 24.) Partly-printed document signed"J. Guillaume Sam", in French, as President, one page, tall folio, April 17, 1915, on letterhead with the Haitian coat of arms, appointing a director at Port-au-Prince. Jean Vibrun Guillaume Sam served as President from February 25 to July 28, 1915. Fine. 25.) Document signed"Dartiguenave", in French, as President of Haiti, one page, tall folio, May 6, 1915, on letterhead with the Haitian coat of arms. Sudre Dartiguenave served as President of Haiti (August 12, 1915 _Ü_ May 15, 1922) during the first U.S. Occupation, finishing his term in office. 26.) Partly-printed document signed"Louis Borno", in French, as President, one page, 4to, June 21, 1922, addressed to the Secretary of State. Borno served as President from May 15, 1922 to May 1, 1930. Fine. 27.) Printed Document signed"Elie Lescot", in French, as President of Haiti, one page, 4to, August 18, 1942. on official letterhead with the Haitian coat of arms, nominating a person for a position at Port-Au-Prince. Elie Lescot, President of Haiti from May 15, 1941, was overthrown in January 11, 1946. Fine. 28.) Printed letter of State signed"JC Duvalier", in French, as President of Haiti, as a two page"program", 10" x 13", October 18, 1985, Palais National, Port-au-Prince, addressed to Leon Febres-Cordero Ribadeneyra, the President of the Republic of Ecuador [1984-1988], appointing an ambassador to that country. With a guilt-embossed seal containing the Haitian coat of arms. Jean-Claude Duvalier ("Baby Doc") was President (Dictator) of Haiti from April 21, 1971 (took over for Francois Duvalier ("Papa Doc") to February 6, 1986 when he was forced to resign. Worn at the right edge, still about fine.
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Honoré de BALZAC Les Ressources de Quinola Hippolyte Souverain, Paris 1842, 13,5x22cm, relié. The rare first edition. Half caramel morocco, spine in five compartments, marbled pastedowns and endpapers, restored wrappers preserved, marbled edges. Foxed. With an important autograph inscription signed by Honoré de Balzac to his friend Laurent-Jan, to whom Vautrin was dedicated, and the model for Bixiou, Léon de Lora and several other characters in The Human Comedy. He was at the same time Balzac’s best friend, trusted secretary, ghost writer and perhaps even… “beloved.” “…the singular phenomenon of the inventor who moved, in 16th century Barcelona, a vessel by steam past three hundred thousand spectators; that today we have no idea what became of him, denies this rage. But I’ve guessed the why, and that is [the basis of] my Comedy” (letter to Mme Hanska). The Resources of Quinola is at the same time Scapin’s Deceits and The Marriage of Figaro. Balzac’s ambition from the 1840s up to his death was in essence to make a name for himself comparable to that of his illustrious predecessors. A hope as futile as it was abiding, he nonetheless never doubted his imminent success despite every setback. The author of The Human Comedy may well have thought that the principal source of humor in the work was the hero and his scathing repartee. For Balzac in fact knew this character, this fierce and eloquent harlequin, well – his name was Laurent-Jan and he was Balzac’s most faithful friend in the last years of his life. Though most of their correspondence seems to have disappeared, it is thought that they met before 1835 (Albéric Second mentions a dinner in the rue Casini, where Balzac lived from 1829 to 1835). An eccentric and provocative character, Laurent-Jan had pride of place in the Bohemian life that Balzac led during these years, most notably with Léon Gozlan, Charles Lassailly, Paul Gavarni and Albéric Second, according to whom the writer “was slumming it both pleasurably and profitably” (Maurice Regard, Balzac et Laurent-Jan). All of them remained silent on the “excesses” of these tumultuous years, of which some eloquent traces have nonetheless come down to us in their correspondence; like the letter in which Balzac invites Gavarni to a soirée at Laurent-Jan’s to “stretch a very well dressed chotepis a tad,” signed “TicTac dit vit d'ours [TicTac, quick say bear]”. Laurent-Jan was the principal organizer of these Balzacian orgies in his house at 23 rue des Martyrs, which inspired some scenes in The Human Comedy: “The seraglio, like the salon of a brothel, offered temptations for every eye and voluptuaries for every taste. There was a dancer naked under veils of silk, pretend-virgins who breathing sacral innocence, aristocratic beauties – proud and indolent, a pale and chaste Englishwoman, and young ladies starting conversations by establishing certain basic truths, such as: “Virtue we’ll leave to the ugly and hunchbacked!” (cf. Hervé Manéglier, Les artistes au bordel, 1997). These crazy years coincided in Balzac’s work with characters who were sexually ambivalent or clearly homosexual, like the androgynous Zambinella and Séraphita, Raphaël de Valentin, who had “a sort of effeminate grace,” Louis Lambert “always gracious, like a woman in love,” Lucien de Rubempré, and above all the character now considered the first homosexual in French literature: Vautrin. Seeing this particular interest for different sexualities evidenced in The Human Comedy between 1830 and 1836 (but not before or after, if Maurice Regard is to be believed), a number of commentators have been interested in Balzac’s sexuality during this period, in which the author was ‘with’ almost all his young collaborators. Thus, S. J. Bérard and P. Citron raise the question of the surprising witticisms that run through Balzac’s correspondence with his young “protégés.” “You, who tell me to fuck myself…you’ve summed up my feelings about you perfectly - so come here, then, and get yourself fucked; and be quick about it!” he writes to Latouche. Even stranger are the formulas with which he signs off his correspondence with Eugène Sue, which are a little surprising to say the least: “Yours, in the Pineal Gland,” “Yours perineally,” “I admire your foreskin and I remain yours,” etc. We’ve not found any correspondence with Laurent-Jan before 1840, at which time he writes Balzac letters commencing “Beloved,” or “My darling,” and ending with an explicit “I press myself against your great big chest.” According to allusions by some of his contemporaries, this dual sexuality of Balzac’s seems to have been well known. Albéric Second compared his male relationships to those of Nisus and Euryale, while Roger de Beauvoir gave him the nickname “Seraphinus” and Edward Allet captioned his caricature of Balzac: “the Reverend Father don Seraphitus culus mysticus Goriot...conceives...a mass of inconceivable things and ephialtesticulary incubuses,” [a reference to Ephialtes, who ‘took King Leonidas from behind’ at Thermopylae]. For contemporary critics, however, the question of what Pierre Citron terms Balzac’s “ambisexuality” remains open. Among the theories advanced by Citron, S. J. Bérard, and P. Berthier is that Balzac’s relationship with Laurent-Jan (for whom we are not aware of any escapades with women) fits with a hypothesis of active or imagined homosexuality on Balzac’s part. If we add that the play Vautrin is dedicated to Laurent-Jan, to thank him – Gautier writes – for having “really rolled up his sleeves”, Laurent-Jan appears as one of the principal figures tied to the “shadowy areas of Balzac’s psychology,” (the title of Pierre Citron’s study of the subject). From 1841 on, the correspondence between Balzac and Laurent-Jan is distinctly less ambiguous and their extravagant language gives way to professions of friendship and mutual admiration right up to the Master’s death on the 18th August 1850; Laurent-Jan signed his death certificate. During these final ten years, the man whom Gozlan considers “Balzac’s best friend” and Philibert Audebrant “the right hand of the author of The Human Comedy,” was more specifically Balzac’s principal partner in his great theatrical adventure, a passion that was to consume the debt-stricken novelist in search of recognition and financial success. Théophile Gautier tells us that in 1840, when Balzac urged Laurent-Jan, Ourliac and de Belloy to write the play Vautrin, which he had already sold to the Porte-Saint-Martin Theatre but not as yet written, only Laurent-Jan was willing: “Balzac started out by saying, when referring to Vautrin, your piece, then little by little, our piece and eventually…my piece.” Laurent-Jan nonetheless got a prestigious dedication in print, an honor he shares with a handful of illustrious contemporaries like Victor Hugo, George Sand and Eveline Hanska, to whom Balzac also dedicated works. The banning of the piece did not discourage Balzac, who persisted in his dream of making his fortune in theatre with the active and enthusiastic co-operation of Laurent-Jan, to whom the Master entrusted the writing, correction or re-writing of numerous plays and works: Lecamus, Monographie de la presse parisienne [A Monograph of the Parisian Press], Le Roi des mendiants [The Beggar King] (“a superb basis for a two-man play”), etc. “Also, you’ll be getting several scripts to fill your spare time, because I want your help,” Balzac wrote him from Wierzchownia in 1849. One year earlier, before leaving for Poland, Balzac made this collaboration official by means of a power of attorney for literary affairs to Lauren-Jan, dated the 19th September 1848. “I declare that I have invested Monsieur Laurent-Jan with all my powers in everything relating to literary matters…he can make additions or cuts, and any necessary changes;…in fact, he shall represent me entirely.” Laurent-Jan took his task very seriously, as his many exchanges with the unhappy demiurge show. Balzac would never live to see the success he craved, as opposed to his friends Dumas and Hugo, to whom he compared himself, even during his failures. Thus, after the Resources of Quinola flopped, he wrote to Mme Hanska: “Quinola was the subject of a memorable battle, comparable to Hernani.” Duly noted! On the 10th December 1849, more or less at death’s door, Balzac still ties Laurent-Jan to all his projects in a letter that is admirable for its courage and hope: “Come, my friend, a little courage, and we shall board the ship of drama, good subjects in hand, to sail to the lands of Marivaux, New-Beaumarchais and New Comedy.” It is more than likely that the character of Quinola was partly inspired by this faithful friend, admired by Balzac, who signed his letters “a thousand times your friend,” or “my heart is all yours,” or “your respectful master, all proud of his pretend valet,” (reflecting on the title Laurent-Jan gave himself). Laurent Jan, as brilliant as he was vain, never produced any work worthy of this title, but was nonetheless undoubtedly a significant source of inspiration for Balzac, who owed him a number of ‘bon mots’ peppering his works. In The Human Comedy, it is Bixiou and Léon de Lora above all who are directly inspired by this eccentric bohemian, but beyond these two characters (writes Maurice Regard) “many of Balzac’s shadows accompany this ancient, hunched and wrinkled form: Schinner, Steinbock, Gendrin” owe him “a little bit of themselves [and] much of their spirit.” Balzac never stopped telling those who were close to him of the indefatigable affection he cherished for his “unrepentant misanthrope,” who did not always enjoy a good reputation. “He’s better than he seems. I, for one, love him seriously and well,” (letter to Laure de Surville). A few days before the death of her husband, Eve de Balzac recounted to his niece Sophie de Surville the transformative effects of the visits from his beloved. “Your uncle is really much better, he’s very cheerful and animated all day, and I attribute this to a good visit from our friend Laurent-Jan, who was more dazzling than ever yesterday evening – he was really fascinating and my dear patient kept repeating both yesterday and today: ‘admit that no one is more spirited than that boy.’” 20 000 € Réf : 52101 Order
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