Autograph Manuscript Signed for “La Vie amoureuse de Richard Wagner”
BARTHOU, Louis. Autograph Manuscript Signed by Louis Barthou for La Vie amoureuse de Richard Wagner. [Paris: n.d., 1925].
Quarto (10 1/4 x 8 inches; 260 x 203 mm.). 104 pp. Written on rectos only in blue ink on pale blue paper, with a large left margin for corrections (of which there are many, again in Barthou's hand). All leaves mounted on guards.
Contemporary full tan crushed morocco by Marius Michel (stamp-signed in gilt signed on the front doublure). Spine lettered in gilt with four raised bands, tan morocco doublures with gilt single fillet border, floral silk liners, marbled endpapers. Bookplate of Louis Barthou on front free endpaper. A beautiful example in fine condition of a French jansenist binding.
Louis Barthou (1862-1934), “Prime Minister of France 1913. An adept moderate right-wing member of the Chamber of Deputies since 1889, he held a large number of ministerial appointments before and after World War I. Hostile to Germany and suspicious of Briand's policies, he had the opportunity to realize some of his demands for a tougher stance towards Germany as president of the Reparations Committee 1922–6. As a result of this vigilant stance, he led French hostility towards the aggressive Nazi regime in Germany in 1933 and 1934. He prepared an anti-Fascist alliance with the Soviet Union, which was concluded by Laval in 1935 after his death. His assassination during a state visit of the Yugoslav king, Alexander I, deprived France of its last major politician ready to stand up to Hitler; thereafter, its politicians such as Blum preferred to follow British policies of appeasement towards Germany” (A Dictionary of Contemporary World History).
“Barthou enjoyed a certain reputation as a man of letters and authored a number of books on historical and literary topics, among them Mirabeau (1913), Lamartine orateur (1918), Danton (1932), and Victor Hugo (1935). He was elected to the Académie française in 1918” (J.M. Rife, Jr. in Historical Dictionary of the Third French Republic, 1870-1940 (Westport, CT: 1986), I, pp. 80-81).
His biography of Richard Wagner La Vie amoureuse de Richard Wagner (Paris: 1925) was translated into English by Henry Irving Brock as The Prodigious Lover: New Aspects in the Life of Richard Wagner (New York: 1927). Item #00087
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