VOLTAIRE (1694 - 1778)

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VOLTAIRE (1694 - 1778)
5 autograph MANUSCRITS, [ca. 1752]; 16 and a quarter pages in-fol. (ca. 34 x 21.5 cm) on 4 bifoliums and a single leaf. Important collection of notes relating to, among other things, history, natural history, literature, the trial of Damiens and the arts. These sheets of notes, thrown on the paper without apparent order, are part of a vast set of notebooks, fragments of notebooks and sheets kept in public and private collections. They are listed in the complete works of Voltaire published under the direction of Th. Besterman (The Voltaire Foundation, 1968, p. 22 and pp. 174 ff.) and are taken from the same notebook as those in the Pierpont Morgan. The leaves have been numbered in pencil (107 and 112 to 115), during the recollection of Voltaire's notes and notebooks. See also Andrew Brown, "Des notes inédites de Voltaire : vers une nouvelle édition de ses carnets", in Cahiers Voltaire 8. Parallele. 4 pages of a bifolium (numbered 107, and marked "copied"). Notes arranged on two columns, the one on the left devoted to mythology, and the one on the right to the Bible: . "The nymph Amalthea has the horn of plenty / 5000 men fed with five loaves and three fish. - The daughters of Anius, high priest of Baccus, change water into wine and oil / wedding of Canaa. - Atalide could resurrect and die as long as he wanted Jesucrit resurrected etc..."... Etc. On the 2nd leaf, the notes become continuous. "The Ebronites said that Jesus was not a god, the Docetes that he was not a man, the Arians that he was not like his father"... etc. The last page is partly devoted to the Jews: "the Jews claim that Adam had two wives, the first named Lilli who made him a cuckold, and Eve the second, he made divorce with the first one and Eve was drawn from his side"... Etc. Modern history. France (2 pages, sheet numbered 112). "Gregoire de Tours who is holy because all the bishops were then, says while speaking about the assasinations of Clovis God delivered him his enemies because he walked according to the ways of the Lord. [...] The cretins in Valais - a numerous race of imbeciles"... Etc. The back is mainly devoted to the interrogation of DAMIENS in 1757: "says that he assassinated the king for God and for the people [...] writes to the king from his prison, that the archbishop of Paris is the cause of all the trouble. If the king had had his head cut off by 3 or 4 bishops, this would not have happened [...] says that the king is too good, that he is prevented from seeing clearly, and that this is why he murdered him"... Etc. Modern history and literature (3 pages of a bifolium numbered 113 with the mention "copied"). - "Passages tirez de Gui Patin" : "This trickster of cardinal Mazarin had no pity on anyone, even when dying. [...] Luxury. All authors praise the temperament of the Spartans of the ancient Romans. That means, wise and honest citizens deprive yourselves of everything to go to bathe in the blood of the neighboring nations go to see ransacking all the fruit of their industry and when you will have plundered all, miss all for your sorrow"... Then notes of Galileo, Benedict XIV: "collection of his facetiousness. He said to Farinelli who boasted of having been happy in Spain you have found there what you had left here?"... Etc. Literature and arts (4 pages of a bifolium numbered 114). "It was necessary that there was in France more knowledge of the Latin language than elsewhere [...] Ovid names a crowd of illustrious writers of his time unknown today (ultima de ponto), Marsus, Rabirius [...] The music among the ancients taught the pronunciation, the rithm, the gesture, as the grammar embraced the eloquence and the literature"...Etc. On the last page, notes relating to music, to Ariosto as well as a long enumeration of various inventions in front of which appears the name of the inventor. Natural history (4 pages of a bifolium numbered 115). "Peaches come from Persia, apricots from Iberia [...] Lanalize cannot make the composition of bodies known; put in a still a composition of flour, eggs, cream, sweetbreads, what chemist will guess that it was a small paté? [...] All the game of the Alps has hairy legs, it lives in the snow, nature provides for everything. [...] In Strasbourg the butchers have a secret to prevent flies from eating, Reaumur must invent this secret. [...] The monkeys called boggo, orang outan, baboon are in love with women, and it is not impossible that there is none of the race. [...] Among the Hottentots, the village chief pisses on the spine of the newly married, it is their holy water"... Etc. PROVENANCE Former Tronc-Jeanson collection (Christie's sale, Paris November 6, 2013, No. 148). (Some edges a little chipped).
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