Lot n° 24
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LESPINASSE, Julie de (1732 - 1776)
Letters of mademoiselle de Lespinasse, written from the year 1773 to the year 1776; followed by two chapters in the genre of Sterne's Voyage sentimental, by the same author...
Paris : Léopold Collin, 1809.
2 volumes in-8, viii-320 pages and (4)-322 pages. Contemporary half marbled basane, smooth spine decorated, green basane title and giblets.
First edition of the love correspondence of Julie de
Lespinasse to the count of Guibert; copy enriched with two autograph letters of the author, one addressed to Suard, the other to Condorcet.
"The tumultuous passion of Julie de Lespinasse for the count Jacques de Guibert and its literary result (the Letters of Mademoiselle de
Lespinasse) have obscured an aspect no less interesting of the talent of this letter writer for the letter of friendship: the publications of her correspondence with Condorcet, Devaines and Suard, already old, were either very imperfect, or confidential..." (Jean-Noël Pascal, "Quatre lettres négligées de J.-B. Suard à Julie de Lespinasse", Dix-huitième Siècle, n° 13, 1981, pp. 261 - 269.)
Copy with an engraved portrait of Julie de Lespinasse after
Carmontel and two unsigned autograph letters from the author:
- to Jean-Baptiste Suard, rue Louis-le-Grand, "dimanche", 2 pages in-12 on bifolium with address by another hand.
- to the Marquis de Condorcet, "this Monday evening 21 May", 4 pages in-8 on bifolium.
Very beautiful letter about Turgot, the vanity of the salons, the fear of death (she died less than a year after this letter, at the age of 44), her readings including a text by Voltaire, the coronation of Louis XIV: "I believe that
M. Turgot will stay in Paris during the coronation to get back to the business. His illness and the last troubles must have put him very late. [...] I have seen two small sheets from Geneva which I hope you have received: the Monopoly, which is of the best tone and the best salt, but we do not need better but more than that. The other leaf is by the old man of Ferney who has the vigor, the gaiety, and the frivolity of twenty years; it is entitled: Diatribe to the author of the Ephemerides. Surely you have received it. There are some very good things and some excellent lines; what he says about the edict of Mr. Turgot is really touching: 'Humanity held the pen and the king signed it'. [Everyone goes to see the magnificence of the coronation, the carriages, the crown, the ciborium, etc. etc. As for me, I take it all for granted. I am only saddened that the king did not demand that it be done with less pomp and expense; it would not have been any less grand and his people could have been relieved."
PROVENANCE Count François Potocki (1788 - 1853) (armorial bookplate); ITZ (engraved bookplate); Charles Hayoit (1901 - 1984) (bookplate on leather patch).
Carteret II, 69; Escoffier n° 188.
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