Writing on his theory of engagement 510. Jean-Paul Sartre.
508. Wladyslaw Stanislaw Reymont. Polish novelist (1867–
1925) who was awarded the 1924 Nobel Prize in literature. Incredibly rare ALS in Polish, signed “Reymont,” one page, 5 x 6.5, January 27, 1911. Neatly penned untranslated letter. In fine condition, with a light diagonal bend to top left and some mild edge toning. Reymont is of the utmost rarity, with no auction results found within the last 30 years, and the first we have ever offered. RR Auction COA.…(MB $200)
Highly influential French writer and philosopher (1905–1980), most closely associated with existentialism, who refused the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1964. Unsigned autograph manuscript fragment referring to the engagement (Sartre’s concept of accepting responsibility for the political consequences of one’s actions), in French, on an 8.25 x 10.25 sheet of graph paper. Sartre pens five lines, crossing out the final three with a single line to each. In part (translated): “subject to conditions by the characteristic history of the individuals in the bosom of history’s general movement. Also, they transmit a universal experience: quite plainly, that of the action, and, particularly, the action of other people. Since it happens frequently to those who are engaged in an enterprise.” In fine condition. RR Auction COA.…(MB $200)
Early French feminist
509. Auguste Rodin. ALS in
French, signed “Aug. Rodin,” one page, 4.25 x 6.75, July 18, 1899. Written to his collaborator Emilia Cimino, regarding the unveiling of his statue ‘Eve.’ In fine condition. Accompanied by the original mailing envelope. Cimino was also an artist and spent time with Rodin in his studio. Pre-certified PSA/ DNA and RR Auction COA.…(MB $200)
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511. George Sand. Eminent French author (1804–1876), born Amantine-Lucile-Aurore Dupin, better known by the masculine pen name she adopted early in her career. An early feminist, she also earned a footnote in musical history as the longtime romantic companion of pianist/composer Frédéric Chopin. ALS in French, one page, 4.75 x 8, personal letterhead, August 21, 1864. Brief letter to an unidentified recipient. In full (translated): “Thank you for the few lines and above all for your kind note so full of good memories and good welcome for me.” Double cloth-matted and framed with a portrait of Sand to an overall size of 18 x 15. In fine condition, with central horizontal and vertical folds. Pre-certified PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.…(MB $200)
Published on Jun 26, 2013
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