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Donatien Alphonse François, Marquis de SADE
Lettre autographe à sa femme. Le sot témoin : « C'est un bien sot personnage que celui du témoin [...] rien dans l'univers pourrait m'engager à jouer un tel rôle »
"It is a very foolish person that that of the witness [...] nothing in the universe could engage me to play such a role"Censored Autograph Letter from Donatien Alphonse Francois de Sade written in a fine two-page handwriting addressed to his wife Renée-Pélagie. Several underlining, erasures and erasures.Without date, this letter was written at the beginning of March 1781 in the prison of Vincennes.The end of the letter was mutilated at the time, probably by the prison administration, which destroyed the licentious passages of the correspondence of the Marquis. The letter was found as it was at the opening in 1948 of the Marquis's trunk, which had been sealed by the family since 1814, and was published in this amputated form in the correspondence of the Marquis de Sade.Provenance: family archives.This letter relates one of the great prison obsessions of Sade: to take the air. "I have a need to be in the air that is above all that it is possible to imagine. "Serendipity, walks - banned since of June 27, 1780 - will be made a few days after writing this letter, March 9, 1781 or after thirty-six weeks of suspension, as evidenced by the letter of 18 March 1781 [LINK ]. The Marquis was always kept in his "sort of dungeon," and lamented his fate, not wanting to make his wife feel guilty: "I have an astonishing need for air, and I will certainly not pass the summer without succumbing to it, if you do not make me breathe more this spring . " Far from asking for a walk as usual, the Marquis in this implicit request emphasizes the physiological necessity of his request: "If I could on … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Librairie Le Feu Follet [France]

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