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Cinq Années de Ma Vie 1894-1899
McClure, Phillips & Co., New York 1901 - 2 p.l. & 212 pages; A remarkably rare and legally significant copy of the 1901 memoirs by Alfred Dreyfus, the French Army officer at the heart of a cruel forgery and subsequent miscarriage of justice known as the "Dreyfus Affair" -- which has reverberated around the civilized world from 1894, when Dreyfus was falsely accused of treason to France, right through to the present day. This copy was never published in any usual sense, nor was it ever offered for sale to the public. In this case, the old saying is incorrect -- one can judge from the cover that this book is different, and special. The front cover has the two-tone cloth and decorative gilt-stamped title (in English), of the normal edition published by McClure, Phillips in New York. But the spine is nearly a half-inch thinner than normal, and has a neatly-handwritten title in French written in ink at the head -- [substituted for the usual U. S. trade edition of the English translation, which displayed a title lettered in gilt, all in capital letters: FIVE / YEARS / OF / MY LIFE / [Fleur de lys device in gilt] ALFRED / DREYFUS / and at bottom McCLURE / PHILLIPS / & CO"]. This made-up French text edition is one of two copies legally filed for copyright at the Library of Congress with the following physical marks in evidence of this remarkable fact: The paper Library of Congress label is mounted with glue to the lower spine -- the LC Classification "DC" is printed, the rest ("354 / D78") is supplied in ink ms. along with the notation at the bottom of the label - "Copy 2". The Library of Congress, "Copyright Deposit" bookplate is mounted to the front paste-down, with penciled class and book numbers repeated from the label on the spine, and the note: "Copy 2". The (blank) front free-endpaper facing this bookplate has the modern Library of Congress "Surplus-Duplicate" stamp in blue ink, (making this copy legally possible to buy and sell). The title page has a perforated stamp: "LIBRARY OF CONGRESS" (there is also an ink stamp in small blue letters: "L. of C." at the foot of page 99). On the copyright page (the verso of the title page), there is a rectangular ink stamp reading: "The Library of Congress | Two Copies Received | April 24 1901 | Copyright Entry | (The Date is repeated and the Class and Number for copyright, different from the Class and book numbers entered on the label, are handwritten in ink) | At the bottom of this retangular stamp is the stamped notation COPY B" There is also, at the foot of this page, a penciled notation with the Class and Book number repeated in pencil, and this is now crossed through with a diagonal line. Finally, the date "APR 24 1901" is also inkstamped at the head of the rear free endpaper. (On the blank recto of this leaf, there is another date stamped in ink: "May. 9. 1901" The verso of the title page has two statements and three short paragraphs which explain what this remarkable copy represents. "Copyright, 1901, By August F. Jaccaci. / Copyright, 1901, By McClure, Phillips, & Co." The first man named, August Florian Jaccaci, was born in Fontainebleau, France in 1856. After traveling extensively in various countries including Mexico and Cuba, he settled in the United States in the early 1880s. He worked briefly as an artist in the Midwest, creating murals on commission, including a mural in the Capitol building in St. Paul, Minnesota. Jaccaci then moved to New York City and worked as art editor for Century magazine (where S. S. McClure was also briefly employed). He became art editor of 'McClure's Magazine' at its founding in 1896. Evidently, S. S. McClure referred to himself, Jacacci, and his partner John Phillips as "The Three Muskeeteers" in the founding of McClure's Magazine. Jaccaci evidently "induced" Alfred Dreyfus to write these memoirs and made the business arrangements for publication in several languages in 1901. It should be noted that Samuel Sidney McClure's first publishing business was McClure's Syndicate (1884), which [Attributes: Soft Cover]
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