VICTOR HUGO - Collection Jean GAUDON - correspondances - Dessins, livres

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Lot n° 7 - Victor Claude Fanneau de LAHORIE (1766-1812) general, compromised in Pichegru's conspiracy, shot as an accomplice of Malet's conjuration. 3 L.A.S., Vincennes May-October 1811, to his friend General FRIRION; 4 pages in 4. Letters from prison. 24 May. After a detention of five months, his confinement has just been lifted and here he is returned half to his family and his friends; one granted his brother a right of visit, but he ignores if this one is always in Paris, and he charges Fririon to inquire. He compliments Hastrel on his appointment as Major General; he is still waiting for the lifting of the sequestration on his property... July 17. He hopes that justice will soon be done to him although he has not yet obtained the lifting of the sequestration; he has decided to trust Levasseur and Hastrel, and thanks Fririon for his help. He would like the minister to be told about the sequestration, "since it is well known today that my conduct has been without reproach"... October 25. He asks him for money and explains in detail his financial situation; if Fririon does not have time to come, he can have the money given to him under the cover of Mme HUGO in rue Saint-Jacques... [Lahorie had hidden in 1809 in the convent of the Feuillantines at the home of Sophie Hugo, whose lover he was; he was Victor's godfather].

Victor Claude Fanneau de LAHORIE (1766 1812) general, compromised in Pichegru's conspiracy, shot as an accomplice of Malet's conjuration. 3 L.A.S., Vincennes May October 1811, to h…
Estimate — 400 - 500 €
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Lot n° 11 - Louise BERTIN (1805-1877) composer. 2 L.A.S., 1833-1834, to Léopoldine HUGO, place Royale in Paris; 3 and 1 pages in-8, addresses. [15 February 1833]. About Lucrèce Borgia, which her "friend Charlot" [Charles Hugo] went to see, whose opinion she would like to have "on the philosophical and religious part of the play, for I cross him very hard on these matters since he has openly declared himself the enemy of the Saint-Simonians. Friend Charlot must have found Madame Lucretia's supper much more beautiful than the dessert at Les Roches, but I am sure that his good sense made him feel at once that it was better to eat three hazelnuts and two medlars, to kiss his papa, his mamma, his old friend Louise, and to go to bed quietly in a good little jar, than to see, when one is seated around a table covered with snow eggs, biscuits, jams, chocolate cream, a large woman, dressed in black, enter, who without giving the brilliant company time to wash their hands, takes them brutally to bed, never to get up again"... [June 30, 1834]. "We don't hear about you anymore, little Didine. Have you been suffocated by the weight of your crowns? Or do you simply no longer love your old friend? If glory has turned your head, I forgive you and love you still, as if you were a mere two-bed doll. If you have forgotten me I forgive you and love you still, as if you were still the doll of old...

Louise BERTIN (1805 1877) composer. 2 L.A.S., 1833 1834, to Léopoldine HUGO, place Royale in Paris; 3 and 1 pages in 8, addresses. [15 February 1833]. About Lucrèce Borgia, which…
Estimate — 300 - 400 €
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Lot n° 14 - Amato LUCOTTE (1799-1878) adopted son of General Lucotte, childhood friend of V. Hugo who had known him in Spain, captain. 6 L.A.S., 1841-1843, to Victor HUGO; 12 pages in-4 or in-8, addresses (the address f. of the 1st l. is torn). Correspondence from a childhood friend; 5 letters bear an R in Hugo's hand at the top showing that he has replied. Charenton April 10 [1841]. This "old schoolmate, playmate, and even house mate", appointed captain in the 59th after 26 years of service, married with two children, asks Victor, who has become "a great character", to help him obtain the decoration to get his daughter into Saint-Denis... July 6. A painful sciatica prevented him from coming to see Victor; he gives the names of his superiors. November 1 [1842], he asks Victor to let his son enter a royal college free of charge. February 23 [1843]. He has been to Victor's house several times without finding him, to talk to him about a grant for his son's entrance to La Flèche; he asks for a box for Lucrèce Borgia at the Odeon. 2 March. Complains of Victor's silence, and hopes he is not angry with him. 7 April. He has just been awarded the Légion d'honneur and thanks Victor for his recommendation; he would like to see Les Burgraves before leaving for Brittany with his regiment.

Amato LUCOTTE (1799 1878) adopted son of General Lucotte, childhood friend of V. Hugo who had known him in Spain, captain. 6 L.A.S., 1841 1843, to Victor HUGO; 12 pages in 4 or in …
Estimate — 150 - 200 €
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Lot n° 24 - Auguste VACQUERIE (1819-1895) poet and playwright, faithful companion of Victor Hugo. L.A., June 18 [1852], to Victor HUGO; 3 1/2 pages in-8, plus one page in-8 enclosed. Manoeuvre for the protection of Victor Hugo's copyright, and on Napoleon the Lesser. A large part of the letter explains the manoeuvre developed by the notary Guillaume Bouclier (summarized on the attached sheet) to preserve the copyright of V. Hugo's copyright and his salary from the Institute: Mrs. Hugo would delegate these rights to Paul Meurice "in payment of a sum borrowed by her from the said Meurice", the deed of sale of the rights being "backdated by three months before the events", which would avoid legalization... He evokes the sale of V. Hugo's furniture: "everything sold very well. There was enormous sympathy. The house was packed with romantic democrats, mixed naturally with a few snitches"... The deputies complained about the new taxes they had to vote on, especially the one on dogs and horses... Then he came to Napoleon the Lesser, who had been promised to send to Belle-Île to Barbès, who would pass him on to Blanqui: "It is very important that the title of the work not be repeated at the top of each page. Then, we can blow up the first page with the cover, replace the title and the false-title by any title, Discourse on Lesage or Works of St Marc Girardin, and then we can escape a superficial examination"...

Auguste VACQUERIE (1819 1895) poet and playwright, faithful companion of Victor Hugo. L.A., June 18 [1852], to Victor HUGO; 3 1/2 pages in 8, plus one page in 8 enclosed. Manoeuv…
Estimate — 400 - 500 €
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Lot n° 27 - Pierre-Jules HETZEL (1814-1886) publisher and writer. L.A.S. "JH", [Brussels about 24 August 1854], to Victor HUGO; 4 pages in-8. On the preparation of the edition of Les Contemplations and Victor Hugo's planned departure for Spain (after the return to power of General Espartero, and an invitation from the Junta to Hugo to come and settle in Madrid). Jules Janin communicated V. Hugo's letter to him. "I believe, as you do, that as far as the question of proofs is concerned, there is no great disadvantage in your being anywhere but in Jersey. I understand your desire to be in Spain and to see a people who are seeking their way, when we see others who strive, after having lost it, to forget it. Go, then, to Spain, but go there first as a scout and do not make too definite a settlement there. This country is only at the beginning of its work. Those who call you today may be driven away tomorrow, and open arms may be replaced by closed ones! [...] It is a camp, it is a clan that a family like yours has to move, and all Contemplations aside, believe me, I think that waiting for the convocation of the Cortes and their first words and deeds would be a wise thing, not for the politician or the poet, but for the father of the family. This said, the editor will arrange whatever is good and better for you. He announces that Etienne Arago and Charras are expelled from Geneva... "Please let us know when you think you can send the Contemplations. It will not be a commitment, it will be an answer and a possibility that you will indicate to me and which may determine me to hasten or slow down certain other publications. Tell me also, if you leave Jersey, when you will leave it. Finally, tell me what route you think you can take and make our trials take, so that they will find you in Spain. Spain is less far away, alas, than France.

Pierre Jules HETZEL (1814 1886) publisher and writer. L.A.S. "JH", [Brussels about 24 August 1854], to Victor HUGO; 4 pages in 8. On the preparation of the edition of Les Contemp…
Estimate — 400 - 500 €
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Lot n° 28 - Victor HUGO. L.A.S. "V. H.", Marine Terrace [Jersey] 8 October [1853], to Édouard PLOUVIER; 4 pages in-8 very full on blue paper. Very beautiful and long literary and political letter. [Édouard PLOUVIER (1820-1876), a worker in the tanning industry, had gone into journalism before becoming a playwright, poet, and storyteller; he had married the actress Lucie Mabire; Hugo is responding here to the dispatch of his Contes pour les jours de pluie (Jules Dagneau, 1853), which was prefaced by George Sand, and which opens with Le Sphinx, dedicated to Victor Hugo] "You wrote to me in spring, I answer you in autumn. Dear poet, this sad and cold summer has had plenty of time to weep between our two letters. There has been no lack of rainy days; it seems you guessed it; foreseeing that I would have this dark crossing to make, you sent me viaticum. Tales for Rainy Days; I thought the title charming, and after reading a few exquisite pages, - well! I said, with the joy of an outlaw who is stocking up, "Here, this is for my winter. Not at all, it was for my summer. Thank you, poet. Without you, this wet May, this soaked June, this dripping July, this shivering August would have been very sad; you have mixed poetry with the wind, the ray with the fog and the dew with the showers. I thank you for having dedicated the Sphinx to me. It is perhaps the most beautiful page of your book which contains so many beautiful pages. In all your stories there is style, strength, grace, wit, heart, imagination; in the Sphinx there is a great social significance. This voluntary exile who leaves life, and who takes refuge from men in the waves, this loner of the infinite moved me deeply. I am his age, I almost have his thoughts; he was the outcast of his will, I am also somewhat the outcast of mine. If Bonaparte thought that it was his decree that drove me out, he was mistaken; what drove me out was his infamy. What banished me was the spectacle of shame that I could not bear. It was not M. Bonaparte who said to me: Go away - it was my soul. I read your touching letter. I thought of you, generous and charming spirit, and of the noble artist who is your wife; when I received it, this letter, I was at the seaside, I was dreaming, after having read it I continued my reverie. Only this reverie, which was bitter, became sweet. - Why am I answering you so late? Oh, to explain that, I would have to tell you all the hours of my life. Proscription is a sort of perpetual postponement of everything. Exile feels like an abyss around you, and you hesitate to throw a letter over that abyss. So there are a few hearts out there that are thinking of me - thank you - thank you especially for not despairing. Thank you to all of you who keep in your souls the holy idea of the future. Let us remember that the present eclipse masks the mysterious enlargement of the star. When the revolution reappears, the republic will no longer be France, the republic will be Europe. Let us therefore have faith, and let us love one another...

Victor HUGO. L.A.S. "V. H.", Marine Terrace [Jersey] 8 October [1853], to Édouard PLOUVIER; 4 pages in 8 very full on blue paper. Very beautiful and long literary and political l…
Estimate — 1 500 - 2 000 €
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Lot n° 31 - Pierre-Jules HETZEL (1814-1886) publisher and writer. 2 L.A.S. "J H", Brussels January-February 1858, to Victor HUGO; 4 pages in-8; at the top of the 2nd one, Victor Hugo has written an R showing that he has answered. 22 January, on the aftermath of the Orsini attack (14 January): "It seems that they are very keen to find a French hand in this affair; my opinion is that they should be delighted not to find one. However, here we are going to hunt down the outcasts as if they were wild animals throughout the world, and then we will be surprised that the effect is in keeping with the cause. Here we have a serious problem for little Belgium, although God knows how wise we are in our corner. The frightened ministry is anxiously awaiting the list of demands that will be made of it. Why are there proscribed, say the bourgeois of this country. And not one of them dares to answer: "because there are proscribers". Then he speaks of Veuillot who has diverted a verse of Hugo, of Charras, of the treaties with Hachette... February 12th. His trip to Paris is postponed, and he regrets not having been able to meet Mrs. Hugo and her daughter; he hopes that the very tense situation will improve: "The advisers of the emperor are, it is said, carried away against his heart, in the ways of severity"... He postpones plans for publication: "it is necessary to let the storm pass". Then he evokes with humour the "colony" of the Hugos: "I nevertheless pity you for having such a beautiful and robust family. I, who have only a small, pink and frail child, can hardly support him! You need the muscles of Hercules to carry your pyramid"...

Pierre Jules HETZEL (1814 1886) publisher and writer. 2 L.A.S. "J H", Brussels January February 1858, to Victor HUGO; 4 pages in 8; at the top of the 2nd one, Victor Hugo has writt…
Estimate — 400 - 500 €
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Lot n° 37 - Victor HUGO. AUTOGRAPHIC MANUSCRIT (drafts) for Les Misérables, on the back of a L.A.S. "Charles" from Charles HUGO (1826-1871) to his father, [Brussels] Friday, June 7 [1861]; 1 recto-verso leaf. 4 notes in draft for Les Misérables. [Hugo was then in Belgium, with Juliette Drouet, near Waterloo, where he was working on his novel]. Charles writes to his father: "My good little father, I will go to see you Sunday morning. Emile and I are leaving at nine o'clock. I will pay my respects to Madame Drouet. I kiss you, I love you and I don't need to add that I venerate you deeply. Charles. On the back, Victor Hugo has thrown in a pencil draft of four ideas for Les Misérables, each crossed out with a pen stroke in ink after use in the manuscript; these first draft ideas, difficult to decipher, are very different from the final text. "the petty sovereign princes of Germany who provide half a foot soldier to the Germanic Confederation and occupy their leisure time drying their socks on their hedge." (IV, 12, II) A reply from Toussaint (for IV, 5, III?) "Listen to me, I'll tell you. I have lived all my life for her. We lived first in this hovel, on our way back from Montfermeil, and then in the convent, then near the Luxembourg. Then we went to Rue Plumet where there was a small garden. We never left each other. I don't know if you understand me, Mr. Pontmercy, but to go away now, not to see her anymore, would be difficult." (V, 7, I) "They both look at each other - I adore you! And fall into each other's arms. Then Cosette stands up: I'll stay. - No," says Marius. - No again? - Impossible." (idem). Then this unstricken sentence: "He had the shudder of what is collapsing.

Victor HUGO. AUTOGRAPHIC MANUSCRIT (drafts) for Les Misérables, on the back of a L.A.S. "Charles" from Charles HUGO (1826 1871) to his father, [Brussels] Friday, June 7 [1861]; 1 r…
Estimate — 2 000 - 2 500 €
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Lot n° 38 - Juliette DROUET (1806-1883). Autograph copy of a letter from Victor HUGO, Guernsey, Hauteville House 2 October 1861, to M WOLTERS in Amsterdam; 2 pages in-4. On the "Amsterdam bench", a "rococo" bench bought by Victor Hugo on 7 August 1861 from Wolters, owner of the Rondeel Hotel in Amsterdam. It was delivered to Guernsey on December 16, then painted and gilded by the gilder Grigg, and installed in the blue drawing room of Hauteville house on May 30, 1863 (Hugo painted flowers and a coat of arms on the backrest on March 24, 1864), where it is still in place. Hugo received a letter from the Rotterdam shipbrokers Hudig and Pieters, informing him that Wolters refuses to deliver the bench, and he protests: "the price proposed by me was immediately and eagerly accepted by you. In all countries where commercial probity is counted for something, and, I think, in Holland as well as elsewhere, it is a strict rule that the object sold, and for which the seller has received the price, no longer belongs to the seller. The object paid by me to you, sir, is therefore mine and not yours. You have no right to it. Not delivering it would be tantamount to stealing it. [...] The little adventure of the bench bought by me at the Rondel Hotel in Amsterdam has a place in the book I will soon publish on my trip to Holland", and he would regret being forced to end his account by noting Wolters' indelicacy, which would be "unfortunate for you and for your house". He asks for the immediate delivery of this bench which belongs to him...

Juliette DROUET (1806 1883). Autograph copy of a letter from Victor HUGO, Guernsey, Hauteville House 2 October 1861, to M WOLTERS in Amsterdam; 2 pages in 4. On the "Amsterdam be…
Estimate — 250 - 300 €
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Lot n° 40 - Jean-Baptiste CHARRAS (1810-1865) officer, he distinguished himself in Algeria; republican politician, opponent of the Empire, he died in exile. L.A., Basel May 30, 1862, [to Colonel Aimé LAUSSEDAT]; 4 pages in-8. Beautiful letter from exile, about Victor Hugo and Les Misérables. He thanks him for his words in their terrible ordeal. He speaks at length about the painful illness of their friend Kestner, who stayed with him for a month; it did not change in any way his firmness of character, his kindness, his simplicity and his patriotism... "What do you say about HUGO continuing the Caesarian, Napoleonic legend, rehabilitating the priest, the monk, the informer, and arranging history accordingly? There is a general outcry among our friends, in Paris and elsewhere [...] Ten or fifteen times I have started reading this half-dozen volumes and, just as many times, the book has fallen out of my hands. For me it is not Les Misérables, but Les Déplorables. He agrees that there are some good pages, "but how many bad ones! As for the data itself, [...] Hugo, by dint of exaggerations, nonsense and misinterpretations and untruths, has made it false. It is sad, very sad. The book sells badly, I am told in Paris, very well in the provinces - in Switzerland, not at all"... He ends with politics: "The opinion of the politicians in Paris is that the empire is deteriorating at a rapid rate. I believe this, but there are machines that are out of order and will go on for a long time"...

Jean Baptiste CHARRAS (1810 1865) officer, he distinguished himself in Algeria; republican politician, opponent of the Empire, he died in exile. L.A., Basel May 30, 1862, [to Colon…
Estimate — 300 - 400 €
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Lot n° 42 - Adèle HUGO (1830-1915) daughter of the poet, went mad. Autograph copy of a letter from Victor HUGO, Hauteville house July 4, 1862, to Alfred HAMONET, on the 2nd leaf of a L.A.S. from Alfred HAMONET to Victor Hugo, London June 19, 1862; 2 pages in-4, the 1st one on the letterhead of the Société Française de Bienfaisance, French Benevolent Society. Hamonet asks V. Hugo to be part of this society which has "for sole purpose the relief of all Frenchmen whom for some reason has been brought to this country"... At the head of the letter, Hugo has noted in his hand: "My answer behind". Hugo rejects this offer: "Certain admissions exclude me. I could not, without failing in my duty, put my name on a list where the name of M. Louis Bonaparte is. I belong to the republic until my last breath, and the duty towards it is all the more narrow as it is defeated. [...] It would be good, moreover, if, at the very moment when I believe I must maintain certain impassable intervals, I, a republican outlaw, were to congratulate your honorable society on having at its head this noble outlaw of another cause who, after having served France by his bravery, honors it today by his spirit, and justifies the exception of birth by the brilliance of intelligence and the height of his heart...

Adèle HUGO (1830 1915) daughter of the poet, went mad. Autograph copy of a letter from Victor HUGO, Hauteville house July 4, 1862, to Alfred HAMONET, on the 2nd leaf of a L.A.S. Fr…
Estimate — 200 - 250 €
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Lot n° 44 - Alexandre DUMAS père (1802-1870). L.A.S., 7 September 1863, to Paul MEURICE; 3 pages in-4. On Les Deux Diane. "One day you borrowed my name to do you a service that my purse could not provide; I gave it to you with full confidence, almost with pride, for you are one of those rare men as a poet and as a prose writer, whose productions the first among us can sign with their eyes closed. You made under my name the Two Dianas. The work was successful, as much, perhaps more, than if I had done it myself. When Dumas sold his works to Michel Lévy, he warned that the novel belonged entirely to Meurice; but "the book was reprinted as being mine, even though it was yours. Now that your intention is to make a drama out of this book, I must declare on my honour that I have nothing to do with its composition"... He wants this letter to be made public... Attached is a long L.A.S. from Paul MEURICE to Dumas, September 2 (2 p. in-8 filled with small handwriting), reminding him of the circumstances under which he alone made the novel of Les Deux Diane, and stating his intention to make a drama out of it, for which he asks permission to sign it alone in return for compensation, unless Dumas prefers to join in the chances of the play...; a copy of Dumas's letter with a note from Meurice for publication in the press; and a L.S. from Charles de CHILLY, director of the Ambigu-Comique, to Meurice, May 26, 1864, on the conditions for the performance of the play in September with Mélingue.

Alexandre DUMAS père (1802 1870). L.A.S., 7 September 1863, to Paul MEURICE; 3 pages in 4. On Les Deux Diane. "One day you borrowed my name to do you a service that my purse coul…
Estimate — 500 - 700 €
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