Lot n° 216
8000 - 10000 EUR
VERLAINE PAUL (1844-1896)
Autograph poem with DRAWING, The White Flag, July 1881; 1 page in-8 on squared paper.
Patriotic poem, illustrated with an amusing original pen drawing.
This patriotic sonnet appeared in 1888 in the collection Amour, under the definitive title of Drapeau vrai, and dedicated to the poet Raymond de la Tailhède (1867-1938).
At the top of this manuscript put on the net, Verlaine noted an alternative title (or title of a group of poems): "Bouquet à Marianne". This manuscript presents variants with the published text.
"The soldier who knows well and wants his job well
Will be the right man for Le Devoir inflexible, Le Devoir, whether he fights or shoots at a target, whether he accepts death or refuses a setier; [...]
Family, home, Ancient France and the immortal, Le Devoir, seul devoir, le Soldat qu'appela D'avance cette France, - or l'espérance est tel".
In the upper left margin, Verlaine made an amusing pencil drawing of a newspaper peddler, dressed in checked trousers and wearing a high cap. He is brandishing different leaves, Voltaire, the 19th century, the French Republic, holding Time and Debates in his other hand, and shouting in a bubble: "Buy the latest news!!" Above, this legend: "There's the merchant of the really bad papers".
PROVENANCE Collection Victor sanson (its small VS stamp; sale March 13, 1936, n° 184); Dominique de ViLLepin, Feux & flammes. A political itinerary. I Les Voleurs de feu (28 November 2013, n° 67)
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