Alexandre Dumas père manuscript autograph 82 pages
70 000-80 000 SEK
DUMAS PÈRE, ALEXANDRE. Autograph manuscript, "Les Français à Naples". Handwritten manuscript in French, 82 pages unsigned, no date. 285 x220 mm. Extensive manuscript, written on the typical thin blue paper with Dumas often preferred. Unpublished.
In very good to fine condition, some fraying and browning to a few margins, some slight creasing, some spotting.
Alexandre Dumas, père (French for ´father´) (1802-1870), famous French novelist of such historical classics as The Count of Monte Cristo (1844-45, The Three Musketeers (1844) and The Man in the Iron Mask, many originally published as serials. His works have been translated into many languages, and he is one of the most widely read French authors.
Dumas spent the years 1860-1864 in Naples where he launched an Italian language newspaper, L´Indipendente, in 1861. He supported the Italian unification and was a friend of Giuseppe Garibaldi.
During his second stay in Naples, Dumas published The Memoirs of Garibaldi as well as his own Sanfelice, a novel based on the Neapolitan Republic of 1799. He also wrote The Bourbons of Naples, a history of the deposed dynasty in which Dumas claims to avail himself of recently discovered documents in the archives of Naples.
Provenance: Per Edward Gustafsson (1893-1966), Swedish collector from Vänersborg. Part of his large autograph- and manuscript collection was donated by himself to the library Carolina Rediviva at Uppsala University.
According to Gustafsson, this manuscript was mentioned in an article in the French magazine "Aux écoutes du monde" in 1955 (article about his manuscript collection in Swedish magazine "Bokvännen" (no. 9, 1965).