CHOPIN, FRÉDÉRIC-FRANÇOIS. Autograph note signed ("Chopin," with flourish) to Mademoiselle de Rozières, n.p., n.d., "Dimanche."
1 page, 12mo, 120 x 126 mm. (4¾ x 5 in.), integral address leaf boldly labeled "Mademoiselle de Rozieres" by Chopin (presumably the letter was hand-carried), ink slightly pale but still easily legible, mounted on black velvet background within double mat, and with sepia-tone engraved portrait, glazed in a giltwood frame, in French. Unexamined out of frame.
CHOPIN AND GEORGE SAND
An intriguing relic of a famous couple. Chopin writes: "Madame Sand n'est pas chez elle ce soir mais chez moi -- ainsi à tantôt au No.9..." ("Madame Sand is not at her home tonight, but at my house, therefore at no. 9...") Amandine-Aurore-Lucie Dupin (1804-1876), who published under the nom-de-plume George Sand, was the daughter of an Army officer, educated in a convent and married at a young age; when the marriage broke up she established herself in Paris as a columnist with Le Figaro. The best-known woman journalist, novelist and critic in France, she was a central figure in the romantic, Bohemian culture of her era. She had a brief, stormy liaison with Alfred de Musset. In 1838, Franz Liszt introduced her to the young composer Chopin (1810-1849), who had resided in Paris since leaving Poland in 1831. Chopin and Sand's relationship lasted until his death from consumption at age 39. The recipient, Mademoiselle de Rozières, Chopin once described in a moment of annoyance as "an insufferable pig, who has dug her way in some queer fashion into my private garden, and is rooting about for truffles among the roses..." (Letters, ed. Opienski and Voynich, p. 236). Letters of Chopin are rare on the market.