Very nice bound copy (by Crezevault after a handwritten note) in a half-leather binding with corners, enriched with:
- a rare autograph letter signed by the author Jules Vallès (unidentified recipient): "Mon cher ami, Je pars demain, Vous me feriez grand plaisir en passant dans la [...?] , pour causer et régler certaines choses. Nous parlerons dans les rues. [...?] Si j'étais absent par hasard pour un moment, j'ai [...?] par lettre ou par servante. Je pense que vous pourrez être chez moi [...?] c'est la fin !".
- a second autograph letter dated March 8, 1914, signature not identified (see photo).
First edition of the first volume of the trilogy "Jacques Vingtras" published by the Commune writer and journalist Jules Vallès (1832-1885), published under the pseudonym of Jean La Rue. It will later be reissued under the title of "L'enfant".
This trilogy includes three novels: L'Enfant (published in 1879), Le Bachelier (published in 1881), and L'Insurgé which was only a draft, at the author's death in 1885. It will be published only in 1886 after a clarification of Séverine, disciple, assistant and friend of Vallès.
It is both an autobiographical novel and a kind of great social novel, "the story of a generation sacrificed, defeated in June 1848, humiliated on December 2, 1851 and crushed in May 1871" (Gaston Gille).
A major work by Jules Vallès, Jacques Vingtras is still read and translated into several languages around the world.
A very good copy. Binding in excellent condition. Yellowed interior, rare foxing.
Provenance: ex-libris engraved by Stern.
Signed: Jules Vallès
Paris, Charpentier, 1879
8vo (19 x 12 cm); 396pp.
"Jacques Vingtras is not strictly speaking an autobiography. Indeed, the author is not exactly the main character of the trilogy. In addition, there are differences between Vallès and the main character: in The Child, Jacques Vingtras is an only son, while Jules Vallès had four siblings. [...] Vallès is nevertheless largely inspired by his experience and gives us his feelings through the main character. This is why the work is often classified in the autobiographical genre."
Jules Vallès (pen name of Jules Vallez), born in Le Puy-en-Velay in Haute-Loire on 11 June 1832 and died in the 5th arrondissement of Paris on 14 February 1885, was a French journalist, writer and politician of the far left.
Founder of the newspaper Le Cri du Peuple, he was one of the elected representatives of the Paris Commune in 1871. Sentenced to death, he was exiled to London from 1871 to 1880.