Lot 781: ALS in Italian, one page, 6.75 x 8.75, September 17, 1832. Letter to his publisher Antonio Pacini in Paris. In part (translated): "I can't tell you how pleased I was to receive your dear letter. But it's not you that has to thank me: it's me that should thank you to have deign[ed] to accept a service here a little bit too informal; however, I accept the feelings of gratitude that you are pleased to show me as a sign of your noble courtesy and your beautiful spirit. I am so sorry to hear that your father is rather unwell, but my heart tells me that he should have by now perfectly recovered…My Achille is making progress thanks to your first elements and suggestions." Also addressed on the reverse in Paganini's hand. In very good condition, with intersecting folds (one vertical fold passing through a single letter of the signature), light overall foxing, a few small edge tears, and show-through from the address panel on the reverse.Pacini was a close friend of Paganini and had published his 24 Caprices and 12 Sonatas in 1828. As a sort of 'testimonial' in his publications, Pacini billed himself as the 'editor of the operas of Rossini, Paganini and other authors.' Paganini spent 1832 touring Europe at a breakneck pace—over the course of three months he gave 65 concerts throughout 30 different cities. In this letter he mentions his son, Achille, who accompanied him on most tours. The composer Hector Berlioz once recalled a meeting in 1838, when Achille was 13: with Paganini afflicted by the permanent loss of his voice—among several other maladies—he was forced to communicate using Achille as a translator, as he was the only one able to understand. Autographic material from Paganini is exceedingly rare and of the highest desirability.
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