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    Honoré de Balzac Autograph Letter Signed. Two pages with blank integral, 4.25" x 5.5", undated, written in French. Addressed to a Mr. Costas, sending him a copy of one of his books: "... I am forwarding you this as token of my gratitude, I wanted to bring it myself but I am so busy with work which never leaves me a moment... because the second volume was published I will give it to you and ask that both volumes be passed to Mr. Bajoche...de Balzac." Although undated, the letter may have been written in 1839, the year the second installment of Illusions Perdues (Lost Illusions) was published. Balzac was a prolific writer, and was known to for long hours at a stretch. Bajoche is possibly le Contre-Amiral Bazoche, Governor of the Isle of Bourbon, to whom Balzac had dedicated "The Commission in Lunacy" (from La Comédie Humaine) in 1836.

    Condition: Lightly toned, with horizontal mail fold. Small amount of ink transference, else fine.


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    Translation from French:

     

    My good Mr. [illegible name]

    I will always remember

     your kindness toward

    Mr. Bajoche all my life, I

    am forwarding you this as token

    of my gratitude, I wanted to

    bring it myself but I am so

    busy by works which never

     leaves me a moment that I am pushing back

    for a few days the pleasure of seeing you,

    because the second volume was published

    I will give it to you and [illegible]

    consulting [illegible spot over word] have notify

     

    [Page 2]

    that both volumes be passed to Mr.

    Bajoche in whose eyes I do not want

    to be portrayed as having forgotten either.

    In the meantime, sincerely yours.

                     de Balzac



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