Antoine, André, French actor, theatre manager, and film director (1858-1943). 2 autograph letters and one autograph lettercard signed "A. Antoine".

Paris and Brest, 3 Jan. 1901, 18 Sept. 1903 [postmark], and 20 Aug. 1936 [postmark].

8vo and 12mo. Together 3 pp. With an autograph envelope.

 750.00

The earliest letter from 3 January 1901, on beautiful art nouveau stationery of the "Théatre Antoine", was to convey New Year's wishes to an unnamed "confrère" who had been present at a banquet that Antoine did not attend: "Nous avons renoncé à ce banquet; c'était beaucoup trop... mais j'ai vu votre aimable adhésion et je tiens à venir vous en remercier en vous présentant mes meilleurs vœux pour l'année qui s'ouvre".

On 18 September 1903, Antoine wrote Léon Marx, director of the Théâtre de Cluny, asking him for a box seat for a representation of Georges Courteline's "Bourbouroche" that same evening: "Je rentre et je me fais une fête d'aller voir notre Boubouroche ce soir. Est-il indiscret de vous demander une baignoire - Si oui, je la paierai et vous seriez bien aimable de me la faire réserver au contrôle".

The final letter, from a late period of Antoine's life, is addressed to Pierre Mortier, publisher of the weekly news magazine "Le Monde Illustré", wherein Antoine published criticisms. The letter suggests that there was an interruption for his "cronique" in the magazin, which might have been in connection with the Spanish Civil War that had started in July 1936. Antoine remarks that much would have been left to say "without taking sides yet" and refers to a Bidon, possibly the Spanish poet Luis Cernuda Bidón, who was "less prudent" and "went to war", closing with a possible reference to the conservative journalist Pierre Brisson: "Ma cronique chez vous m'a manqué ces jours-ci avec ces histoires du français. Il y avait tant de chose à dire sans prendre encore parti car il faut attendre les résultats de cette expérience - Bidon, moins prudent n'a pas hésité à partir en Guerre et j'attends le Brisson".

Well preserved.

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