Gustave Flaubert Autograph Notes

02 Sep

Celebrated French novelist (1821–1880) best known for his classics Madame Bovary, Salammbô, and A Sentimental Education. Rare and lengthy unsigned autograph notes in French, two pages both sides, 7.5 x 12.5, no date. Flaubert’s handwritten notes, perhaps for an unwritten work on Charlemagne, titled at the top, “Législation depuis Charlemagne jusqu’à Hugues Capet.” In part (translated): “1. Legislation according to races was replaced by legislation according to social conditions and the…central legislative power and the resulting unity in some legislation’s parties specially in public legislation have disappeared. There is a chart…concerning morales, religion and canonical affairs.” Both sheets bear “Vente Flaubert” stamps on the reverse from the sale of his papers in April 1931. Rusty paperclip marks to the upper left and some chipping to edges, and writing lightly showing through from opposing sides, otherwise fine condition. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

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