Lot 422: Voltaire
10th August 2016
ALS in French, signed “V,” one page, 4.5 x 7.25, May 4, . Letter to his friend Francois-Louis Defresney, written from his home Les Delices in Geneva, Switzerland. In part (translated): "I ask you to give the good course included. I think I can regain enough strength to go back to Strasbourg and Mannheim but must yield to my ills…Would you be so kind as to let me know if I can take a bill to the end of June made on your mother. Spending on quite ugly buildings, have ruined me as if they were beautiful…Do you too have the kindness to take this letter to Mr. de Turkeim.” In fine condition, with some faint foxing. Voltaire moved into Les Delices in 1755, and this was where he wrote important works including Poem on the Lisbon Disaster and Candide.
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