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    Sale 5822

    Fine Printed Books & Manuscripts including the Works of Charles Dickens

    1 June 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 87

    ZOLA, Emile (1840-1902). Autograph manuscript signed, a preface for a work by Charles Chincholle, with an accompanying autograph letter signed to Chincholle, Paris, 16 April 1889, together 13 pages, 8vo and 4to, tipped on guards into an album, 4to, cloth-backed. Provenance: Dr Lucien-Graux (1878-1944, label inside upper cover).

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    ZOLA, Emile (1840-1902). Autograph manuscript signed, a preface for a work by Charles Chincholle, with an accompanying autograph letter signed to Chincholle, Paris, 16 April 1889, together 13 pages, 8vo and 4to, tipped on guards into an album, 4to, cloth-backed. Provenance: Dr Lucien-Graux (1878-1944, label inside upper cover).

    'Voici la préface promise'. As his introduction to Chincholle's Mémoires de Paris, articles first published in Le Figaro, Zola deplores the proliferation of the daily press. 'Où s'en vont donc tous les vieux journaux? Cela est terrible à penser, ces millions de numéros qui disparaissent, inutiles, vieillis en deux heures, pas même bons à envelopper de la chandelle, tant le papier est mauvais ... On ouvre un journal, on le parcourt, on le jette ... tout le monde sachant que les faits n'ont que l'intérêt de l'heure présente ... Oh! ne rien savoir c'est la volupté, c'est le paradis, après nos débauches de renseignements!'. The indifference of reporters is contrasted with the sincerity of Chincholle's own writing and observations -- while critical of his novels, Zola esteems the honesty of his approach: 'Ils sont faits sur la vie, dans la formule que j'ai toujours demandée'.


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