Lot 685: ALS in French, one page, 4 x 5.25, March 9, no year but envelope postmarked 1904. Letter to Mr. Allion at Hetzel, Verne's publisher. In full (translated): "Please send at my expense one copy with the illustrated cover of 'The Will of an Eccentric': 1) to Mr. Plazy, for the lottery in favour of the schools, with the mayor of Amiens. 2) to Mrs. Paul Herman Servetta, with the enclosed card, Bosquet Avenue in Geneva. Thank you in advance." In fine condition, with light soiling. Accompanied by the original mailing envelope, hand-addressed by Verne to "Monsieur Allion" at "18 rue Jacob, Paris." Allion contributed to devising the extraordinarily attractive hardcover illustrated editions which contributed to an added popularity of Verne's work. The book in question here, The Will of an Eccentric, is an intriguing work in that it is Verne's only story to be set entirely in the United States—however, it was never published there.
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