9 Jun - 25 Jun 2020 | Online 19585

« Tendrement vôtre » - lettres et manuscrits autographes d’auteurs français

Paris

9 Jun - 25 Jun 2020

« Tendrement vôtre » - lettres et manuscrits autographes d’auteurs français

Sale Overview

Christie’s presents Tendrement Vôtre, our online auction of letters and manuscripts signed by the great French authors of the 19th and 20th centuries. From Hugo, Chateaubriand and Musset to Dumas, Flaubert and Proust, the autograph letters and documents summarise the big ideas of these literary giants, offering us an insight into their most intimate thoughts and emotions.

Proust expresses his condolences to Nahmias for the loss of his friends on the frontline, while Flaubert marvels at the ancient ruins of Athens. Musset laments that he is no longer madly in love, and Pierre Louÿs complains about the incompetent doctors ‘in 1900!’ Léon Bloy lashes out at those who conspire against him, while Alphonse Allais sneers at the ‘childishness’ of Rodolphe Salis who is bitter about handing over the directorship of Le Chat Noir journal.

Le département des Livres et manuscrits de Paris est heureux de présenter, pour sa première vente online, une sélection de manuscrits d’auteurs français, principalement des XIXe et XXe siècles.

Au fil de lettres autographes ou de brouillons, les grands auteurs de la langue française – Hugo, Chateaubriand, Musset, Dumas, Flaubert et Proust, parmi beaucoup d’autres, égrènent leurs idées et nous offrent un aperçu intime de leurs pensées et émotions.

Ainsi Proust se désole, dans une lettre à Nahmias, de la perte de ses amis tués au front, Flaubert s’émerveille devant les ruines d’Athènes et Musset déplore n’être plus fou d’amour. Pierre Louÿs se plaint des médecins incompétents – « en 1900 ! » et Léon Bloy s’emporte contre « les cochons des lettres » qui le conspuent, tandis qu’Alphonse Allais s’agace des « enfantillages » de Rodolphe Salis qui souhaite rester directeur du Chat noir alors qu’il le lui cède

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