4 pages, 8vo; the second, n.d. /15 February 1917/, sending 'un mot complètement stupide', on returning in the evening very unwell after visiting Jean [Cocteau] who spoke warmly of him and told him Lucien was in Paris, while he had thought him in Dunkirk; recounting, with evident amusement [in an unpublished passage of 13 lines] a conversation with Truelle, who was singing Daudet's praises and remarked on his youthful appearance. 'Truelle m'a répondu et je t'assure que le désir de me faire plaisir n'y etait pour rien, j'aurais voulu que tu entendais son accent et son energie: "S'il a plus de 22 ans, c'est incompréhensible, sauf pour le passé. Car le visage est absolument q.q'un qui aurait 22 ans". Cela m'a fait un si grand plaisir d'entendre cela que je n'ai pas cru que cela peut te laisser indifférent tout à fait'; saying that Lucien never replies to his letters, and in an upublished postscript referring to another friend, Jacques Porel, 'plein de ferveur pour toi', with a risqué joke, 6¼ pages, 8vo (together 10¼ pages, 8vo). In the first letter Proust also writes of himself as 'un étrange personnage de Wells qui t'écrit, car je ne me suis couché depuis 50 heures', and mentions a letter from 'Jean' [Cocteau]. In a postcript he writes of his delight at seeing Madame Daudet again 'dans sa ravissante et rose immutabilité et de plus en plus pareille à cet admirable portrait que tu as fait d'elle'. This he says, with the 'Pagode Choiseul', is Lucien's masterpiece. He had last seen Madame Daudet at the dinner she gave on 16 December 1916, in honour of Francis Jammes, when Proust and Paul Claudel were among the guests. Proust referred to Lucien Daudet's paintings of the 'Pagode de Chanteloup' and 'Roses de Pâques' in his elegant and affectionate inscription in the copy which he presented to him of Du Côté de chez Swann. The opening of the letter recalls his first meetings with Lucien Daudet. Lucien's visit to Holland took place in February 1895, and Proust met Edmond de Goncourt at the Daudets' dinner for him that year. In the second letter, Lucien Daudet was now not 22 but 39 years old. Jacques Truelle, a diplomat, was the recipient of a number of letters from Proust, and Jacques Porel was the son of the actress Réjane. Kolb, XVI, 28 and 51. Cahiers, V (XLIII and XLIX). (2) " /> PROUST, Marcel. Two autograph letters signed to Lucien Daudet, <I>both n.p. [Paris]</I>, the first <I>n.d. [January 1917]</I>, addressing him as 'Cher Lucien' and opening in parenthesis '(il est charmant de rétograder aux prénoms, mais n'allons pas jusqu'aux "Cher Monsieur" du temps du voyage en Hollande et du banquet Goncourt)'; showing amused relief at receiving Lucien's letter (which had been wrongly addressed); an absent-minded person might have believed it had arrived before, 'Un distrait t'aurait repondu "Oui, c'était charmant", pour en finir et pensant qu'il avait dû le lire ... mais nous sommes d'honnêtes peseurs de mots, et exigeons que le compte y soit', <I>4 pages, 8vo;</I> the second, <I>n.d. /15 February 1917/,</I> sending 'un mot complètement stupide', on returning in the evening very unwell after visiting Jean [Cocteau] who spoke warmly of him and told him Lucien was in Paris, while he had thought him in Dunkirk; recounting, with evident amusement [in an unpublished passage of 13 lines] a conversation with Truelle, who was singing Daudet's praises and remarked on his youthful appearance. 'Truelle m'a répondu et je t'assure que le désir de me faire plaisir n'y etait pour rien, j'aurais voulu que tu entendais son accent et son energie: "S'il a plus de 22 ans, c'est incompréhensible, sauf pour le passé. Car le visage est absolument q.q'un qui aurait 22 ans". Cela m'a fait un si grand plaisir d'entendre cela que je n'ai pas cru que cela peut te laisser indifférent tout à fait'; saying that Lucien never replies to his letters, and in an upublished postscript referring to another friend, Jacques Porel, 'plein de ferveur pour toi', with a risqué joke, <I>6¼ pages, 8vo (together 10¼ pages, 8vo).</I> In the first letter Proust also writes of himself as 'un étrange personnage de Wells qui t'écrit, car je ne me suis couché depuis 50 heures', and mentions a letter from 'Jean' [Cocteau]. In a postcript he writes of his delight at seeing Madame Daudet again 'dans sa ravissante et rose immutabilité et de plus en plus pareille à cet admirable portrait que tu as fait d'elle'. This he says, with the 'Pagode Choiseul', is Lucien's masterpiece. He had last seen Madame Daudet at the dinner she gave on 16 December 1916, in honour of Francis Jammes, when Proust and Paul Claudel were among the guests. Proust referred to Lucien Daudet's paintings of the 'Pagode de Chanteloup' and 'Roses de Pâques' in his elegant and affectionate inscription in the copy which he presented to him of <I>Du Côté de chez Swann</I>. The opening of the letter recalls his first meetings with Lucien Daudet. Lucien's visit to Holland took place in February 1895, and Proust met Edmond de Goncourt at the Daudets' dinner for him that year. In the second letter, Lucien Daudet was now not 22 but 39 years old. Jacques Truelle, a diplomat, was the recipient of a number of letters from Proust, and Jacques Porel was the son of the actress Réjane. Kolb, XVI, 28 and 51. <I>Cahiers</I>, V (XLIII and XLIX). (2) | Christie's