Lot 550: Notorious French novelist and playwright (1740–1814) whose violent sexual escapades and depravity-infused works gave rise to the word 'sadism.' Manuscript DS in French, signed twice, "Sade," one page both sides, 7 x 10.25, December 13, 1805, written while Sade was incarcerated in the mental asylum at Charenton. lt connects Lady Renée Pelagie Cordier, his wife, and Sade in a legal agreement making a concession "on the inheritance to be left by said lady to the benefit of Louis Marie de Sade, Claude Armand de Sade, and Madeleine Laure de Sade, recently of age…The totality or only part of the properties, rights, and other claims, both real or future, that belonged to her, without any exception or reservation other than the use of the four thousand francs annuity owed by Mr. de Sade to said lady, his wife." The document requests that Lady de Sade "agree to all changes and abrogations pertaining to said documents to the benefit of said de Sade children," and concludes by stating that "Sade has appeared today to declare that this authorization was agreed to and given to said lady, his wife, with the sole aim to achieve for himself projected arrangements between said Lord de Sade Sr. and his children." Signed a total of four times, twice "Sade," and twice "S." The white paper seal affixed to lower left corner remains intact. Intersecting folds, a couple small notations, pin holes to upper left edge, and a bit of trivial toning and spotting, otherwise fine condition. Although institutionalized, de Sade was highly concerned about the welfare of his children. De Sade's wife was instrumental in encouraging her husband's writings and presenting them in an acceptable manner to the public.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 467
Wednesday, 13th January 2016
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