Rousseau autograph manuscript 1 page c. 1740ies
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ROUSSEAU, JEAN-JACQUES (1712-1778). Autograph manuscript, 1 page in 4to, written in French. No place, no date, but probably 1740s.
Document regards the role of women in ancient Rome, prepared for Louise-Marie-Madeleine Dupin (see below). Corner of margin with fold, some slight soiling to margins.
In the years between 1745 and 1749 Jean Jacques Rousseau was employed by Louise Marie Madeline Dupin as a research assistant on her ambitious project to delineate in print the history of women. After years of labor by Rousseau and Madame Dupin her Ouvrage sur les Femmes was shelved, unfinished. The research notes, drafts, and fair copies written by Rousseau and his employer were stored at the chateau of Chenonceaux, essentially forgotten, until their sale at a series of auctions held between 1951 and 1958. As a result of these sales the Ransom Center acquired a major portion of Madame Dupin´s stillborn work. (Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas, Austin).
This page deals with the saint Olympiade of Constantinople (368-408). A note to the left refers to Claude Fleury, Histoire Ecclésiatique (1642),
"Sur Ste-Olympiade qui mit ses richesse à la disposition de St Jean Chrisostome. "... Elle ornait les églises de vases sacrés, donnait aux monastères, aux hopitaux, aux prisonniers, aux exilés, elle répandit ses aumones par toute la terre, dans les villes, les campagnes, les iles, les déserts. Elle affranchit des milliers d´esclaves...".
Jean-Jacques Rousseau, influental Swiss-French political philosopher and writer.