47. CUSTINE (Astolphe de). Spain under Ferdinand... - Lot 47 - Osenat

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47. CUSTINE (Astolphe de). Spain under Ferdinand... - Lot 47 - Osenat
47. CUSTINE (Astolphe de). Spain under Ferdinand VII. In Paris, by Ladvocat, 1838. 4 volumes in 8, (4)-381-(3 of which the last blank) + (4)-382-(2 of which the last blank) + (4)-396-(2 of which the second blank) + (4)-374-(2 of which the last blank) pp. including one of notated music, one folding leaf printed outside the text, black half-chagrin, spine ribbed, underlined with gilt fillets and black scrolls, spine slightly rubbed and faded (contemporary binding). FIRST EDITION. A MASTERPIECE OF THE VIATICUM GENRE. Born from his peregrinations in Spain in 1831, the work gathers a set of letters that the marquis de Custine addressed to personalities such as the duchess of Abrantès, François-René de Chateaubriand, Victor Hugo, Alphonse de Lamartine, Charles Nodier or Madame Récamier. The dedicatory epistle is also to be considered as a pioneering essay in the normative definition of travel literature. A TRAVELLING WRITER AND HOMOSEXUAL DANDY, ASTOLPHE DE CUSTINE (1790-1857) was the son of the revolutionary general who was guillotined in 1793 and Delphine de Sabran, whose beauty and intelligence inspired Chateaubriand to love her. His culture and his intelligence attracted in spite of everything in his private mansion of the street La Rochefoucauld and his castle of Saint-Gratien, personalities such as Balzac, Chateaubriand, Chopin, Gautier, Hugo, Lamartine, Sand, Stendhal... Along with Madame de Staël, he was one of the introducers of German Romanticism in France, and published novels and travelogues that were admired by Victor Hugo and Balzac, including La Russie en 1839 (1843), a critical account of the Tsar, which made him widely known. Provenance: Dominique de Villepin (ex-libris vignette designed by Zao Wou-Ki).
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