Rénan, Ernest, French writer (1823-1892). Autograph memorandum.

No place, [c. 1868].

8vo (206 x 134 mm). 3 pp. on a single bifolium.


Autograph memorandum, bearing instructions for the preparation of the map appearing in his "Saint Paul" (1869), the third (and arguably best) part of Renan’s "Histoire des origines du christianisme", the magnum opus which had begun in 1863 with "Vie de Jésus" and became a succès de scandale. Published by Michel Lévy Frères in 1869, "Saint Paul" contained the fruits of the journey Renan made with his wife Cornélie Scheffer following in the footsteps of the historical Paul. It also contained a detailed map with coloured itineraries of each of the journeys. The present memorandum provides the colour-coding for each of these, together with no less than 33 amendments to the details of the map.

Offered with a carte de visite of the architect Edmond Guillaume (1826-94) with Renan’s autograph pencil notes to verso giving directions to his house in Sèvres (tipped to paper mount) and a letter (20 May 1893) from Noémie Psichari, Renan’s daughter.

Provenance: Von Scholl collection.

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