Item 0017 - Fanny Burney autograph manuscript

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Fanny Burney autograph manuscript

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CA RBD MS Burney-0017

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  • between approximately 1809-1811 (Creation)
    Arblay, Frances (Fanny) Burney, 1752-1840

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1 volume ; 20 x 13 cm (octavo)

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Signature in pencil on endpaper, "C. L. Schreiber," likely indicative that the notebook was given to her by Barrett; sold at Sotheby's by unnamed consignor, 22 July 1980, lot 474.

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Autograph manuscript in French containing drafts of approximately 40 letters written upon themes or as writing exercises. Each letter contains corrections by means of footnotes in the lower margin, likely in the hand of Burney's husband, Alexandre d'Arblay. Forty-eight leaves are filled with letter drafts. The rest of the volume is blank until the final two leaves at the end, which are written upside down. These final leaves contain various recipes in French, including "Pour guérir la manie" and "Remède contre l'esquinancie." Volume also includes an additional portion of a theme in Burney's hand on a small sheet tipped in on the front flyleaf. Written in an 18th-century notebook bound in full red morocco, gilt-stamped floral border and spine, with five raised spine bands and spine label: "Almanac de 1736." Notebook has floral gilt and painted endpapers and gold edges.

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Purchased from Bloomsbury Auctions, Paula Peyraud Sale, Lot 202 (New York, 6 May 2009). Purchased with Breslauer Foundation finds.


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Bloomsbury Auctions, The Paula Peyraud Collection: Samuel Johnson & Women Writers in Georgian Society, Sale NY029, Lot 202, page 128.

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