Louis Blanc

French politician and historian, 1811-1882

A socialist who favored reforms, Blanc called for the creation of cooperatives in order to guarantee employment for the urban poor. Following the Revolution of 1848 Blanc became a member of the provisional government and began advocating for cooperatives which would be initially aided by the government but ultimately controlled by the workers themselves. Even though Blanc's ideas of the workers' cooperatives were never realized, his political and social ideas greatly contributed to the development of socialism in France.

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Blanc, Louis

französischer Sozialist und Historiker (1811-1882). Autograph letter signed and autogr. note signed. Paris. 1½ SS. auf Doppelblatt (Brief) bzw. 1 S. qu.-12mo (Notiz).
$ 2,806 / 2.500 € (34155/BN29931)

To an unnamed addressee, regretting not to have the possibility to put in a good word for him since he is neither part of a governmental nor an administrative authority, recommending to contact an association which is supporting amnesties, and sending some money.

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Blanc, Louis

Politiker (1811-1882). Eigenh. Brief mit U. Paris. 1 S. 8vo.
$ 168 / 150 € (940248/BN940248)

In französischer Sprache an einen namentlich nicht genannten Adressaten über einen "article sur la question des sucres", den er in der "Revue du Progrès" veröffentlicht hatte. - Etwas fleckig.

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Blanc, Louis

French politician and historian (1811-1882). Autograph letter signed. No place. 8vo. 1 page on bifolium. With portrait photograph (60 x 90 mm).
$ 393 / 350 € (77519/BN49956)

To an unnamed addressee, regretting not being able to offer historical information on the Secret Treaty of Verona (1822) and recommending the work of the French journalist and politician Achille Tenaille de Vaulabelle: "Je regrette vivement de ne pouvoir vous donner le renseignement historique que vous me demandez, relativement au traité secret de Vérone. Connaissez-vous l'histoire de la Restauration par Vaulabelle? Il serait possible que vous trouvassiez là quelque éclaircissement; mais je n'ai pas l'ouvrage à ma disposition [...]". - Traces of former mounting.

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Blanc, Louis

French politician and historian (1811-1882). Portrait photograph. No place or date. 88:58 mm. Albumen print (vintage). With printed signet on reverse.
$ 561 / 500 € (77641/BN50239)

A fine portrait from the studio of Herbert Watkins, 215 Regent Street, London.

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Blanc, Louis

(1811-1882) historien et homme politique, membre du gouvernement provisoire de 1848. 1 autograph letter and 4 autograph letters signed. 12 pages in-8, la 4e à en-tête Assemblée Nationale (accidents à la dernière).
$ 7,296 / 6.500 € (76566/BN49525)

I. To an unnamed friend (19. XII. 1865), reflecting on Lachâtre's proposal for a History of Paris in 10 Volumes. This should not be a slovenly work of three or six months, and Blanc's way of working, his "literary religion", too, makes it a hard task. Blanc does not like to be tied up for such a long time, and he is afraid he misses documents: "1° Il n'y a pas à parler d'un volume bâclé en trois mois, ou même en six. Mon habitude de faire les choses consciencieusement et, si je puis ainsi parler, ma religion littéraire m'interdisent cet espoir; c'est donc une lourde tâche à entreprendre; 2° Je répugne à me lier les mains d'avance pour un laps de temps aussi considérable; 3° Je crains de manquer de documents [...]".

Besides Blanc mentions that he has to finish a "Histoire des salons" for Lacroix until October 1866. - II. To (unnamed) Maurice Lachâtre [?] (30. XII. 1867), sharing the addressee's satisfaction: "Cette satisfaction, je la partage, ne désirant rien tant que de voir se répandre parmi le peuple des vérités historiques qu'on n'a que trop réussi à mettre sous le boisseau, et comptant pour cela sur cette science de la publicité que vous possédez [...]". - III. To (unnamed) Lachâtre (31. XII. 1867), refusing the proposal of a library edition and of an edition format Charpentier, because the proposed price is "humiliant" ("humiliating"). For the illustrated edition, Blanc accepts a low price, and he transmits his brother's fair comment on the engravings which are done in a completely contrary spirit as the book itself: "Mon frère m'écrit que beaucoup des gravures qui sont en votre possession ont été inspirées par un esprit tout contraire à celui dans lequel mon livre a été écrit [...]". - IV. To (unnamed) Lachâtre (8. II. 1873), Blanc had not been given Lachâtre's dossier and does not know about the expenses for the addressee, and asks whether he could be of any help: "Puis-je vous être utile? De quelle manière? [...]". - V. To (unnamed) Lachâtre (9. VIII. 1880) about Félix Pyat. Although Pyat was not always fair to Blanc, Blanc has not forgotten that Pyat accompanied him to the railroad when, in 1848, Blanc opened the road of exile for the republicans, therefore Blanc is delighted by Pyat's return for which he, Blanc, had worked at his best: "Quoique Félix Pyat n'ait pas toujours été juste envers moi, je n'ai pas oublié qu'il fut un de ceux qui m'accompagnèrent au chemin de fer, lorsqu'en 1848 j'ouvris aux républicains la route de l'exil; et je me réjouis fort de son retour, auquel j'ai travaillé de mon mieux [...]". - Includes a contract between Louis Blanc and Albert Lacroix (30. XI. and 4. XII. 1868) for the copyright transfer for using "L'Histoire de la Révolution française" with reserve clause for the popular illustrated edition published by Maurice Lachâtre, and the copyright transfer for Blanc's "Lettres sur l'Angleterre". - Includes 2 autograph letters signed by Albert Lacroix, to Louis Blanc (19. I. 1869) with an answer to Blanc's complaint concerning the Belgian edition of "L'Histoire de la Révolution francaise", and to M. Hédouin ( 5. XII. 1873), both with tears and creases. - Includes a letter signed (draft), a minute partly autograph, by Louis Blanc to the Ministry of Interior (24. II. 1879), to ban the Belgian edition in France, as it became forged. - Includes a letter signed by the Ministry of Interior's Head of press, Anatole de La Forge, to Louis Blanc (29. IV. 1879), informing on the precautions taken to ban the Belgian edition in France. - Includes a "Note pour mon excellent ami Maurice Lachâtre" ("note for my excellent friend Maurice Lachâtre"), summarizing the history of the contracts between Blanc and Lacroix, recording the sale of forged editions by the library Marpon. - Includes an addr. envelope. - Includes a contract of cession of the ownership of the illustrated editions of "L'Histoire de la Révolution" from Maurice Lachâtre to Mlle Aurélie Genre (25. IV. 1887, buy back 4. I. 1899)..

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