Lot 634: Celebrated French novelist (1821–1880) best known for his classics Madame Bovary, Salammbo, and A Sentimental Education. Rare ALS in French, signed "Gv Flaubert," one page, 5.25 x 8.25, March 1875. Letter to Ivan Turgenev. In full (translated): "I think tomorrow I'll be at Courmanche. Come and take me at 9 a.m. to go to Hugo's father. Answer me so that I know if I have to wait. I do not! It's not worth it, I expect you until 9 ½." Affixed to the free end page of a gorgeously leatherbound limited edition of Flaubert's La Legende de Saint-Julien l'Hospitalier, numbered 130/200, published by Ecole Estienne, 1937. In fine condition, with foxing to pages of the book.Flaubert was Turgenev's closest literary friend, and they shared similar social and aesthetic ideas. During this period both writers were living in Paris, and Flaubert hosted a group of writers every Sunday afternoon at his apartment—in addition to Turgenev, the likes of Emile Zola, Guillaume de Goncourt, Guy de Maupassant, Alphonse Daudet, and Henry James frequented these informal gatherings. The correspondence between Flaubert and Turgenev is very well-known, and this letter was published in Volume IV of Flaubert's collected letters. An excessively rare piece of the highest literary interest.
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Wednesday, 14th October 2015
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