Marquis de Sade

French author and philosopher, 1740-1814

Donatien Alphonse François, Marquis de Sade was a French nobleman, revolutionary politician, philosopher, and writer, famous for his libertine sexuality. His works include novels, short stories, plays, dialogues, and political tracts. In his lifetime some of these were published under his own name while others appeared anonymously. Sade is best known for his erotic works, which combined philosophical discourse with pornography, depicting sexual fantasies with an emphasis on violence, suffering, criminality and blasphemy against Christianity. De Sade claimed to be a proponent of absolute freedom, unrestrained by morality, religion or law. The words sadism and sadist are derived from his name.

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Sade, Donatien Alphonse François, Marquis de

ecrivain (1740-1814). Autograph letter to Gaufridy. s.l. 4 pages in-fol. (coin déchiré avec perte de qqs mots, petites effrangeures au bas).
$ 13,186 / 12.000 € (47063)

Resolute response to the charges of debauchery in the Treillet affair [Catherine Treillet, called “Justine” had been working as a servant at La Coste since November 1776. When her father learned about what was going on in the castle, he went there and tried to shoot Sade. After that event Treillet wrote a report and this letter is Sades response]. Sade rejects the accusations of Treillet and describes the report as "false memory and filled with slander". He calls Treillet a villain, because he promised to remain silent.

Sade thinks about reporting an offense to the police, as Treillet tried to kill him and then he responds point by point to Treillets memory, particularly the charge of having violated the domestic manners..


Sade, Donatien Alphonse François, Marquis de

French writer (1740-1814). Extrait de Tite-Live sur l'Etrurie. On a pris tout ce qui y étoit. [Vincennes donjon. 4to. 40 pp.
$ 38,458 / 35.000 € (76476/BN49274)

Important working manuscript with reading notes of de Sade from Livy and concerning the history of the Etruscans. Many paragraphs are underlined or circled. Notes and insertions in the margins reveal repeated readings. Notes are in chronological order. - Having returned from Italy in 1776, Sade was jailed at Vincennes as early as 1777. There, he worked on the redaction of his Travel in Italy. For this purpose, he collected details, read old and modern writers, historians, travellers, and philosophers, including Livy. Even though his work had progressed, Sade abandoned his project of a travel narrative around 1782.

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Sade, Donatien Alphonse François, Marquis de

French writer (1740-1814). Table générale des matières. Baile. Martial. Tite-Live. [Vincennes Donjon. Folio. 15 pages.
$ 16,482 / 15.000 € (76477/BN49275)

Reading notes for the redaction of his own works. As usual, de Sade composes a list of names of historical characters that interest him, indicating the page or chapter number of the source so as to find them again more easily. The section on Pierre Bayle spans three pages; it is particularly interesting for proving that the marquis de Sade indeed had read Bayle. A French Huguenot exiled in Rotterdam, the author of the "Dictionnaire Historique et Critique" promoted the atheist and materialist doctrines of the Enlightenment.

While Bayle scholar was widely appreciated in the 18th century, his Dictionary was banned in France, and he was accused of heresy, obscenity and pyrrhonism. - The next five pages are taken up by references to the Latin poet Martial; subsequent notes are more expansive and concern various districts of Rome, their history (the circus, the baths), Tivoli, antiquities, religion, wine etc. The final page forms a table of contents of the Life of Famous Men and Women of Italy. Here, we find the name of Laura, Petrarch's lover and de Sade's ancestor, but also that of Aretino, an ancestor in spirit if not in blood. Notwithstanding the title, the present pages contain no reference to Livy: "Douceur du séjour de Tivoli, l'ivoire y conserve sa blancheur, bibliothèques leur antiquité, à Rome: invention de l'imprimerie [...] Forum novum, ou marché neuf: on envoyait à Rome des roses d'Egipte pendant l'hiver, ensuite on en éleva toute l'année [...] Respect de Silius pour le jour de la naissance de Ciceron. Pour son sépulcre à Naples, le poète Sannazar en fait autant, ainsi que pour une maison de Ciceron; tombeau de Virgile [...] Église de St André à Rome était l'ancien cimetière des Gaulois. Espèce de culte que les anciens rendaient aux statues semblables au notre [...] Montagne d'Albe: bon vignoble, c'était celui des princes. Vin de Souriente [in the margin: ou de Surrente]. Vin de Letie et de Situation, vin de Foudi: dissertation de Pline pour tous les bons vins [...]"..

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Sade, Donatien Alphonse François, Marquis de

French writer (1740-1814). Autograph letter. Saumane. Large 8vo. 1 p. on bifolium. With autograph address and traces of seal.
$ 4,945 / 4.500 € (87172/BN57623)

Urgent letter to François Ripert, the caretaker of de Sade's property in Saumane, sent via Ripert's mother, with bitter complaints about outstanding financial statements. De Sade claims that he has been waiting for six weeks and doubts Ripert's honesty. In closing, the Marquis announces that he will leave for Paris within three weeks, threatening that the process might take years if he leaves the country without verifying the financial statements: "Je ne sais comment et de quelle Manière il faut que je m'y prenne pour faire comprendre à Monsieur Ripert que je ne puis faire ses comptes sans les avoir eu quelques temps auparavant en ma disposition pour les examiner.

Voilà 6 semaines que je les demande sans pouvoir les obtenir. Les gens francs et clairs qui n'ont pas de prétentions louches et ridicules à mettre en avant marchent plus à découvert que cela. Je préviens Mr Ripert que sous trois semaines je pars pour Paris et que si je quitte ce païs-ci et sans vérifier ses comptes, il pourra bien s'écouler bon nombre d'années avant que cette opération-là ne s'entreprenne [...]". - Despite de Sade's bitter complaints and insinuations, he held Ripert in high esteem as a faithful employee and ally in countless conflicts within his own family. Ripert even hid de Sade during his flight to Italy, following the 1772 condemnation in the so-called "Affaire de Marseille", which ultimately led to his 12-year incarceration in Paris. In 1796/97, the Marquis was on the verge of bankruptcy and was thus forced to sell large swathes of his remaining property, against the will of his wife and children. De Sade's short conflict with his caretaker arose in the context of these extreme financial difficulties. - Traces of folds. With some stains to the address-side. Dated to 1797 by contemporary hand..

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