French composer and chansonnier (1820-1893). 1 autograph manuscript signed, autograph letter signed, 1 autograph lettercard signed and 2 autograph notes signed. Paris, Nice, Cairo, and n. p. Small 8vo and 12mo. Together 6½ pp.
$ 700 / 650 €
Collection of documents from the last decade of Gustave Nadaud's life, including the original manuscript of his chanson "Albion en Egypte". The fair copy was written in Cairo on 16 January 1883 and is a satirical take on the British occupation of Egypt from 1882, evoking the anti-British trope of "Perfidious Albion": "Egyptiens, combien s'envie | Le sort que vous font les Anglais, | Ils versent le miel de la vie | Dans les mailles de leurs filets. | Dormez sur l'une et l'autre oreille. | Ils sont puissants, ils sont nombreux.
| Albion veille: | Egyptiens, soyez heureux!". It was published in Nadaud's "Nouvelles chansons à dire ou à chanter" (Paris, 1891). - In a letter to a M. Dubus, Nadaud announces a trip to Belgium via his native city of Roubaix, for which reason he will be unable to meet the recipient. An undated note presents Nadaud's apologies to a M. Lacroix, as Nadaud had been "the cause of the evil", apparently referring to an accident that caused injury to the recipient's foot. The note was probably delivered by a woman whom Nadaud had sent to take care of Lacroix's injury. - In the final letter from 28 October 1892, Nadaud thanks an unnamed friend for sending him his latest book: "Vous étes mille fois aimable de me donner un souvenir à moi [...]". - The manuscript shows some browning and minor stains. Well preserved..