Lot 690: ALS in French, one page both sides, 5.25 x 8.25, August 31, 1867. Letter to a publisher regarding the final installment of a serialized novel, in part (translated): "I will not be able to send you the end of The Love Match before eight or ten days at the latest, around the 10th of September. I believe that the typesetters will have the necessary time to work. It had been decided that the novel would be published in three installments. I much regretted that the September issue of the magazine did not publish the complete text I had sent. You should still have between your hands 20-25 pages. I will send you about 80, which would make a total of one hundred and something. Please try to reserve for me the necessary space so that everything can be published in the October issue. You would do me a real favor, because I desire to publish the whole work in one volume very soon, and I would not like to wait for December, which as you know is the month of Christmas books. Also, readers must find it very long for a novel to be published in four months. You see that I am pleading for the Revue as much as for myself...In any case you now know that by counting the pages you still have and the ones I will be sending, the whole novel will not amount to more than a hundred and something sheets. You can now, whatever happens, decide and finish your design." Central vertical and horizontal folds, overall toning, light soiling, and a couple tiny edge tears, otherwise fine condition.A prolific writer from the beginning, Zola published essays, short stories, plays, and novels before the release of his first major work, Therese Raquin, in 1867. As he wrapped up A Love Match—pushing for the final installment to be printed before the holiday season, as he desired "to publish the whole work in one volume very soon"—he was already beginning his next serial novel, The Mysteries of Marseille. An excellent letter from the start of his rise to popularity.
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