Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Genevan philosopher and writer, 1712-1778

Rousseau was a Genevan philosopher, writer, and composer of the 18th century. His political philosophy influenced the Enlightenment in France and across Europe, as well as aspects of the French Revolution and the overall development of modern political and educational thought. Rousseau was also a successful composer of music, who wrote seven operas as well as music in other forms, and made contributions to music as a theorist. As a composer, his music was a blend of the late Baroque style and the emergent Classical fashion, and he belongs to the same generation of transitional composers as Christoph Willibald Gluck and C. P. E. Bach.

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Rousseau, Jean-Jacques

philosopher (1712-1778). 2 autograph manuscripts. No place, ca. 1745 to 1750. 2½ pp. and 6 pp. in-4 (255 x 190 mm) written on the right side of the sheets with unrelated title page "Extraits de L'Antiquité expliquée". In brown linen case.
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Excerpts from three books pointing to Rousseau's time as the private secretary to the famous salonnière Louise Marie Madeleine Fontaine, called Madame Dupin (1706–1799). 1) Excerpt of a manuscript on the life of Isabella de Valois, Queen of England by Jean Froissart printed in Bernard de Montfaucon's "Monuments de la monarchie française" (1729) and from Charles Baunier's "Recueil historique, chronologique et topographique des abbayes de France" (1729) concerning the reception of a bishop by the abbess of Notre Dame aux Nonnaines in Troyes.

2) Excerpt from "The life of Pope Sixtus the fifth" by the protestant historian Grégorio Leti with examples of Sixtus' harsh punishments in cases related to the honor of women. – When Jean-Jacques Rousseau was introduced to Madame Dupin in 1743 he was immediately drawn to the salonnière who was famed for her beauty, wit and intelligence. Although the infatuated Rousseau had to be discouraged from making unrequested advances to her, Madame Dupin employed the young philosopher as her private secretary and tutor for her son Jacques-Armand in 1745. During his employment Rousseau was mainly occupied with research for Madame Dupin's magisterial work "On the equality of men and women" and the transcription of her dictation. The excerpts at hand were part of Madame Dupin's highly ambitious project. The manuscript of this pioneering text on women's rights comprises almost 2000 pages organized in 47 chapters but was never to be published. Despite an often difficult relationship with Madame Dupin, Rousseau remained on friendly terms with the family after his discharge in 1751 and received some financial support later on. In his posthumously published "Confessions", he prizes Madame Dupin's charme and beauty. Concerning the question of the role of women in society and women's rights Rosseau held contrarian views to his employer as laid down in "Émile, ou De l'éducation" and other important works..

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Rousseau, Jean Jacques

Eigenh. Manuskript.
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Jean Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778). E. Manuskript, o. O. u. D., 2 Seiten 4°. Halbspaltig beschrieben. Wie am oberen Blattrand von Rousseau vermerkt, handelt es sich bei vorliegendem Blatt um ein Exzerpt aus „testament Politique de Richelieu [...] 2. p. 171”: “L’expérience de 20 ans m’oblige à remarquer que bien qu’il fut à desirer – que les Compagnies sedentaires qui sont absolument établies pour render la justice […]“ – Mit kräftigen Zügen in Rousseaus sauberer und gleichmäßiger Handschrift.


Rousseau, Jean-Jacques

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Rousseau, Jean-Jacques

Autograph letter signed ("JJRousseau").
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To Mr. Mussard, in French, informing him that Rousseau's play, Narcissus, is to be performed tomorrow and urging him not to tell anyone. "I make good my promise, Sir, in notifying you that we are giving tomorrow, Monday, the first and probably only showing of Narcissus. If you definitely want to see it, I advise you to come here tomorrow, and if you are as indifferent to its fate as I am, I advise you not to come. In any event, I urge you to keep it secret. Messrs. de Gauffecourt, d'Holbach, Grimm, you, and La Noue are alone in my confidence; the others only have suspicions that should not be confirmed [...]" (transl. from the French original). - Rousseau's play "Narcissus: or The Self-Admired" was only performed twice in his lifetime: in Paris, on December 18, 1752, and again on the 20th.


Rousseau, Jean Jacques

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To Louise-Marie-Madelaine Dupin (1706-1799): „[…] Je vous remercie, Madame, avec bien de la reconnaissance de vos bontés et de votre souvenir. Sans savoir quel est le sujet de votre procès je serai dans l'inquiétude jusqu'à ce que j'apprenne quelle en est la décision. Pour éviter de la fatigue à vos domestiques, vous pouvez si vous voulez bien me tirer de peine me faire écrire un mot par la poste. Quant à l'Ecrit dont vous voulez bien vous souvenir, Madame, s'il peut vous amuser dans un quart d'heure d'ennui, il aura été bien mieux employé que je n'avais espéré. En vous rappelant la respectable mémoire d'un homme de bien qui vous honorait, puisse ce même écrit vous faire songer quelquefois à un autre homme inférieur à lui dans toute autre chose excepté dans son respect et dans ses sentiments pour vous. […]“.