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DEVONSHIRE Elisabeth Duchess of - Autograph Letter Signed requesting copies of Virgil and Ovid

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Elisabeth Cavendish, née Foster, Duchess of DEVONSHIRE (1757-1824)

Autograph Letter Signed (“Eth D[uche]sse de Devonshire”) to an unidentified correspondent [a pencilled note on the verso reads “Addressed to A. Jullien”], thanking him for sending her a bookseller’s catalogue and listing books which she would like to obtain.
1 page 8vo in French, Paris, 19 November n.y. [annotated in pencil “1818”].

Trans: “Thank you very much, Monsieur, for sending me the binder, and the catalogue of books – there is a Horace with notes by Bond, could you kindly let me know the price, and I do not know if one can also find a Virgil and an Ovid with notes by Bond – could you be very kind and help me – the London, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Baskerville editions are the ones which I have been asked to find, if I can fulfil that request I would be delighted. I would have great pleasure in thanking you in person –“

Elisabeth Foster married the fifth Duke of Devonshire two years after the death of his first wife and her closest friend, Georgiana. Two years after the wedding, the Duke died, and Elisabeth eventually settled in Rome.
A close friend of many of the leading artists and thinkers of the time, she herself wrote novels – of which only one was published under her name during her lifetime – and she arranged and paid for the publication of translations of Horace and Virgil with engravings by well-known artists.
If her correspondent is indeed A. Jullien, as suggested by the note on the verso, this might well be Marc-Antoine Jullien, known as Jullien de Paris, who was on friendly terms with Elisabeth’s friend Madame de Staël, and from 1818 the editor of the Revue Encyclopédique.

Remains of guard to the verso of the letter and a few unobtrusive pencilled marks to the recto, but the letter is otherwise in very good condition.


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