Lot 630: French aristocrat and travel writer (1790–1857) known for the work entitled Empire of the Czar: A Journey Through Eternal Russia, a detailed account of Russian life and culture as observed during his 1839 trip through the country. ALS in Italian, signed "A. de Custine," one page, 5.25 x 8.5, blindstamped 'Bath' letterhead, no date. Untranslated letter to a doctor urgently requesting help with his inflamed eye, a bothersome condition made worse because he is being forced to go to lunch with the minister of France and will not be back until nighttime. In fine condition, with intersecting folds and trivial chipping to edges. In his famed work, Custine describes a similar irritation to his eye that began while traveling from Saint Petersburg to Moscow and affected him for much of the rest of his journey.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 453
Sunday, 17th May 2015
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