SAND, GEORGE [=DUDEVANT, AMANDINE AURORE LUCIE DUPIN, Baronne] Group of five volumes inscribed to Henry Harrisse by George Sand.
Comprises Les Maitres sonneurs. Paris: 1853, inscribed "a mon ami/Henry Harrisse/G. Sand"; Le Secrétaire intime. Paris: 1837, inscribed on the half-title "Henry Harrisse/Remember/G. Sand" (with extensive notations by Harrisse on the first blank); Le Chateau des Désertes. Paris: 1851, inscribed "a mon ami/Henry Harrisse/G. Sand"; Pauline. Paris: 1841, inscribed "a mon ami/Harrisse/G. Sand/Nohant 8 juillet/68."; La Coupe. Paris: 1876, inscribed "A mon ami H. Harrisse/G. Sand". Five volumes, bound in near-uniform half green morocco for Harrisse, peacock marbled covers, the foot of each spine with his monogram. The largest 8 5/8 x 6 3/8 inches (22 x 13.5 cm); various paginations, the first work with two (of four) parts present and third work with the two parts present. Some wear, but generally sound, each with Harrisse's name in ink on the verso of the front free endsheet.
Harrisse, who though born in Paris spent most of his younger years in America, where he was a lawyer (and an eminent Americanist), returned to France in late 1866/early 1867, where he became a fixture in the salons frequented by George Sand, Gustave Flaubert, Saint-Beuve and others. His friendship with Sand survived until her death in 1876 (the latest volume here is inscribed in the year of her death), and (with most of literary France) he attended her funeral at her house in Nohant. Works inscribed by Sand are quite rare on the market. Sold with three works inscribed to Harrisse by the philosoper and writer Ernest Renan, including Henriette Renan, 1862 (the memoir of his sister, limited to 100 copies); and three works on Americana (one in two copies) authored by Harrisse, these last in worn condition.
Henry Harrisse, by descent to his sister, Clementine Harrisse Ulman, Baltimore, MD
to her daughter, Valerie Walter Walkinshaw, Seattle, WA
to her daughter, Valerie Walkinshaw Braddick, Bethlehem, PA
To her son, the present owner.
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