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Conte E. de Launay d'Antraigues: Correspondence and papers

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.8346

Scope and Contents

Unpublished literary manuscripts, and personal and family papers, some pertaining to d'Antraigues' son, Jules.

Unpublished litererary manuscripts:
-Unfinished epistolary novel Henri et Cécile, with many revisions apparantly made at the suggestion of Rousseau (10 cahiers, c. 200 pages, quarto, with 90 pages of related material)
-Talmi et Eliza "par j j rousseau" (c. 60 pages, quarto, 1772-3)
-Lettres de Mme M... à son amant, autograph manuscript (11 pages, quarto, signed and dated 30 May 1781)
-Promenades, autograph manuscript (70 pages, dated 1873-4)
-La Fille de Chambre, autograph manuscript (70 pages, quarto)
-Translations from the Latin of Tacitus and Petronius (18 pages, quarto, signed and dated 1871)
-Mémoires de Sophie Alexandrine (11 pages, quarto)

Letters and papers:
Some 200 items, including letters and drafts by d'Antraigues, series by Victoire de Lambertye and Ida St Elme, papers relation to d'A's marriage to the singer Antoinette La Saint-Huberty, and to his wife's affairs, letters by Prince Potoski and notes by d'A on Poland, the document of 1668 creating the lands of Antraigues a comté, and some printed ephemera, together with a collection of papers belonging to Jules d'Antraigues, including 3 letters addressed to him by Dumouriez, his will, and numerous legal documents.

Also present is a folder of modern correspondences between the previous holder of the papers and various parties interested in their contents.


  • Creation: 1753-1950

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4 collection (4 boxes)

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Custodial History

Previously held by Ralph S. Elmes, of the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, who inherited them from his father

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased at Sotheby's, 2 Feb. 1983

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Repository Details

Part of the Cambridge University Library Repository

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