Lot n° 141
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MALLEVILLE Claude de (1597-1647) poète, secrétaire du maréchal de Bassompierre, puis secrétaire du Roi ; il s'était opposé à la fondation de l'Académie, dont il fut cependant un membre fondateur [AF 1634, 8e f].
MANUSCRIT autograph, Epistre de la Nymphe des Fauves A Madame la Presidente Talon; 3 pages in-4.
Extremely rare, the only known manuscript of Malleville.
This "epistle with the appearance of stanzas  seems to be unpublished. This amiable banter is a good example of the worldly and graceful poetry that flourished at the time. It does not appear however neither in the edition of Poésies of 1649, nor in the collective collections of the time, and was not collected either in the edition of the poetic Works established by Raymond Ortali (Didier, 1976, 2 volumes). Malleville, to whom we owe especially roundels, sonnets, stanzas and elegies, has, to tell the truth, composed only few pieces of this kind. We have not been able to identify exactly the dedicatee, who apparently belonged to the family of the lawyer general Omer Talon (1595-1652). Finally, let us specify that this manuscript is, unless I am mistaken, the only known manuscript of Malleville, of which no letters are known." (Jean-Paul Goujon). This epistle has 16 quatrains.
"I interrupt our amiable race Presidente
Return, return in your happy stay.
It is a Palace where everything enchants,
I tremble to receive you and your Court.
When the one whose care cultivates my home
announced to me that so many beauties would come to me
I wrote and invited on the spot
All that I have friends among the divinities. 
They did not obey me. Bacchus is in Champagne
Pan wants less wisdom, he looks elsewhere for his work
Mars has not finished his campaign
Apollo near you is afraid to appear ugly. 
Love, the only love promises me its presence,
He will come; although he has more business than all
But however much he gives assurance,
I expect to see him arrive only with you. 
Then by so many attractions my home changed
will become the sweetest place of the pleasures
And those gods who mount neglected
Will not learn them without being jealous.
L'Académie française au fil des lettres, p. 28-31.
A P.S. by the marshal of BASSOMPIERRE, countersigned by MALLEVILLE, Paris February 26, 1646 (1 page in-fol., seal with arms under paper), to go "to make the monster & reveue to the Swiss free Company of Capne Stoppa being in garrison in Rocroy" is joined.
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