Autograph letter, signed, to “mon cher Paul”.

N.p. [Paris]: 19 décembre 1890.

One page, on recto of single folded sheet of stationery. Old folds, but overall fine. Item #263234

The poet (1823-1891) writes to a close friend, “Quand venez-vous, selon votre bonne promesse, déjeuner avec vos amis de la rue de l’Éperon? Ma femme demande à être prévenue deux jours à l’avance, pour pouvoir vous offrir une bonne _____ [?], si cela se peut das cette Sibérie …”

Banville, friend of Victor Hugo, Charles Baudelaire, and Théophile Gautier, was recognized from the beginning as one of the eminent poets of his day; and he is notably remembered for having discovered the budding genius of Arthur Rimbaud. A commemorative plaque marks the address of his home at 10, rue de l’Éperon, where he died not long after writing this letter.

A fine example of the hand of one of the distinguished French poets of the age.

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