BARNES (WILLIAM) Autograph letter signed, to the Chevalier de Chatelain, 1875
Lot 8
BARNES (WILLIAM) Autograph letter signed, to the Chevalier de Chatelain, 1875
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BARNES (WILLIAM)
Autograph letter signed, to the Chevalier de Chatelain, thanking him for the gift of his translation of The Winter's Tale into French verse: "I am very glad of your kind thought of me, but no less sad at the reading of the pages 193 and 194. Long yet may the Epitaph be read only on paper while no chisel shall have the said words on stone", and quoting Horace's ode of consolation, 3 pages, envelope, minor blemishes, 8vo, Came Rectory, July 19, 1875

Footnotes

  • The recipient, a distinguished French man of letters who had settled in England, was married to the children's author and translator Clara de Chatelain, who was at this time suffering from insanity (and was to die a few months later). De Chatelain's Le Conte d'Hiver includes at pp. 193-4 'My Epitaph' which he 'intended to be placed on my tomb'.
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