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A wonderful signed autograph letter from Max Jacob to Maurice Morel (l’abbé Morel), about God, love, understanding, and symbolism

A signed autograph letter, written during the Occupation, from Max Jacob (1876-1944) to his close friend and protégé Maurice Morel ("l'abbé Morel", 1908-1991). 2 pp (front and back of a leaf measuring 27 x 21 cm), about 400 words written neatly in ink. Jacob had encouraged Morel to paint in 1925, when the latter was only 17, and had organized his first exhibition. Morel became a successful painter. In 1934 Morel was ordained a Roman Catholic priest. The present letter begins with a discussion of a manuscript Jacob is considering having published so that he can sell copies to tourists (we can assume he's joking.) He moves on to spiritual matters: "Je suis de votre avis sur le manque de respect envers Dieu, plus grand que le manque d'amour : c'est une preuve de crise de l'intelligence car pour respecter, il faut comprendre ou comprendre au moins qu'on ne comprend pas. Prenez garde en luttant contre le sentimentalisme de dessécher complètement ces coeurs déjà tellement arides : pour la métaphysique, je vous la livre. Le symbolisme est à la base de toutes les religions parce que le signe est l'idée et que l'idée se confond avec la réalité. C'est pourquoi il est dit : "que votre nom soit sanctifié." car le nom est le signe de la personne." The letter is dated February 28, 1941, as is the postmark on the envelope (included). In excellent condition. An outstanding item.
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Description d’une collection de vases peints et bronzes antiques provenant des fouilles de l’Étrurie [with] Description des vases peints et des bronzes antiques qui composent la collection de M. de M*** (i.e., M. de Magnoncourt).

WITH EXTENSIVE MANUSCRIPT ANNOTATIONS BY RAOUL ROCHETTE, ONE OF THE LEADING ARCHEOLOGISTS OF HIS TIME. Two auction catalogues devoted to Etruscan antiquities bound in one volume. X, 157 pp + 1 plate; VI, 94 + 3 pp. + 1 plate. 300 lots in first catalogue, 155 lots in second, all exhaustively described. Jean de Witte (1808-1889), compiler of these catalogues, went on to become a very celebrated archeologist. Both catalogues are inscribed and signed by Witte to Raoul Rochette, one of France's leading archeologists, then superintendent of antiquities at the Bibliothèque Nationale (a post he occupied from 1819 to 1848). Rochette annotated the first catalogue extensively in his minuscule and completely legible script, often with fine little sketches, and often noted buyers and prices. Among the main buyers were James Millingen, Blacas, Rollin, and Pourtalès--and of course Magnoncourt, whose collection came up for sale two years later and was the basis for the second catalogue in this volume. In 1902 this volume was acquired by the Chambre Syndicale des Négociants en objects d'Art, Tableaux et Curiosités. Large 8vo. Attractively bound in contemporary quarter morocco and decorated boards. Some light wear to binding, but still very good. IMPORTANT AND UNIQUE, WITH A FASCINATING PROVENANCE.
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Autograph letter signed by Paul SIgnac to his dealer

A FASCINATING SIX-PAGE SIGNED AUTOGRAPH LETTER FROM PAUL SIGNAC TO HIS DEALER. About 400 words in very legible script on three sheets of fine writing paper, with the letterhead of Signac's "Société des Artistes Indépendants". Dated May 3, 1920. Signac starts by acknowledging receipt of a check for 1890 francs for sales of his work, and thanking his correspondent. He goes on to say that he no longer goes to Bernheim's gallery since Fénéon was replaced by "ces jeunes gens parfumés". It's enough for him to pass by their windows, and he expresses his disappointment that his recent painting, "Le mimosa", is displayed next to some horrible Vlaminck paintings (although he clarifies that he's criticizing only Vlaminck's most recent style, referring to him as "gifted".) He then encourages his correspondent not to lose faith: while charlatans may triumph for the moment, the future belongs to good and solid painting. Probably, anyway. He then discusses the paintings he's working on at the moment, including views of Mont Blanc and Notre Dame, and "des tulipes pour m'entrainer." He then devotes a few sentences to roasting the Salon, which he visited today. He concludes the letter with an inventory of watercolors on deposit with his correspondent. The correspondent, interestingly, has annotated the list: for example, "Payé à Signac 29 avril 19. Lyon." Signc concludes with an effusive greeting to his correspondent's wife, and thanks him again for his services. AN UNPARALLELED AND VERY PERSONAL GLIMPSE INTO THE PARISIAN ART WORLD DURING ITS GREATEST MOMENT.
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Unpublished signed autograph letter from Pierre Louÿs to his half-brother Georges Louis

Pierre Louÿs (Georges Louis association) AN ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL UNPUBLISHED LETTER FROM PIERRE LOUŸS TO HIS BROTHER, THE DIPLOMAT GEORGES LOUIS. Dated February 6, 1899. 4 pages (two conjugate leaves); about 400 words in very legible script, written in Louÿs' characteristic purple ink. Louÿs begins by reminding his brother that today is the twentieth anniversary of the onset of their mother's (terminal) illness. He goes on to discuss his travels in the South of France; his anger over a publisher's rejection letter; his troubles with money (which he discusses with good humor, knowing his beloved older brother will bail him out); and his recent purchase of a Malagasy-French dictionary in preparation for his trip to Madagascar. He goes on to discuss his love for the Malagasy language, giving several examples of words he finds charming, and to tell his brother how much he misses him. Finally, he reveals that he will depart for Algiers in the morning, a decision made *while writing this letter.* Signed "Pierre". In perfect condition. ***** Louÿs and his half-brother Georges wrote each other on an almost daily basis until Georges' death in 1917. One thousand of these letters--but not this one--were published in "Mille lettres inédites de Pierre Louÿs à Georges Louis 1890-1917" (Paris, 2002). This was one of the great literary correspondences of the age, and this is an especially interesting letter.