Date Published: 1904 to 1955
Binding: No binding & soft cover
Jules Romains (né Louis Henri Jean Farigoule), was a French poet, novelist, and writer and the founder of the Unanimism literary movement. He was nominated for the Nobel prize in literature sixteen times. Sinclair Lewis called him one of the six best novelists in the world.
The collection contains 17 items dating from 1904 to 1955, specifically 14 letters, 1 calling card, 1 inscribed & signed book, and 2 chapbooks, one inscribed & signed.
14 Letters - 3 Typed Letters Signed (TLS) and 2 Autographed Letter Signed (ALS), 1 Card:
2 TLS and 1 ALS to Irma Antonetto, Associazione Culturale Italiana who was the creator of the Italian Cultural Association and in forty-six years of activity she had brought to Italy over 400 personalities including philosophers, scientists, writers, Nobel laureates: 3 April 1956, ALS, in French thanking her for her hospitality, and hoping that she might visit him in Paris. 3 November 1955, TLS, in French, accepting her invitation to lecture in Italy the next year (16 March Turin, 19 March Milan, and 20 March Rome). 28 October 1955, TLS, in French, Romains proposes “Les angoisses majeures du temps présent” as the subject of his lecture.
• ALS addressed Cher monsieur, Jeudi 20 (stamped 25 avril 1933), regarding a trip to Spain, asks his correspondent buy a ticket for him to Madrid for which he will reimburse him.
• TLS to addressed “Ma chère Présidente et Amie”, 2 June 1937, re his attendance at the Congrès des P.E.N Clubs on 24 June 1937, requests a cocktail for Congress attendees.
• A calling card (small hole) signed “avec leurs voeux bien amicaux”.
• ALS to a friend, 21 June?, letterhead of the Hotel Royal Danieli in Venice, sending proofs with corrected headings.
• TLS to Léon Treich (French journalist and author), 5 July 1961, leaving Paris on holidays for Touraine, gives Treich and others at l’Aurore his contact details at Saint-Avertin in Indre-et-Loire.
• 7 ALS between 1913 to 1920 to L'Argus de la Presse, a subscription form and 3 coupons. In all 11 signatures.
3 Books (2 Inscribed and Signed):
• L’âme des hommes. Paris: Bibliothèque de "La Société des poètes français", 1904. [iv], 32, [iv]. Original printed wrappers, sewn. Small pieces of the wrapper missing along the spine and edges, also discoloured. The first and only edition of Romains's scarce first book, poems written while he was a schoolboy, published when he was 19 years of age, following a prize in the annual competition, printed in a small number of copies and privately distributed by him. Few copies are located in French libraries or elsewhere. Signed on the half title: “â M. Paul Maredy | en toute sympathie | Jules Romains”. Maredy was the owner of Vox, a monthly publication which featured poems by Romains.
• Le bourg régénéré. Conte de la vie unanime. Paris: Librairie Léon Vanier, Éditeur, 1906. Paperback with glassine wrapper, very good condition. 12 cm × 19 cm, 98 pp. Signed on the half title: “à Marcel Saurin | ce petit livre de debutant | Jules Romains”. First novel by Romains, original edition on regular paper, after only five copies were printed on large paper for Romains.
• / Choix de poèmes]. Moscow: Ogonyok, 1928. Trans. from French by Abram Efros. Pictorial wrappers, wire-stitched, a small stamp and several words in pencil on the back of the wrapper, 4½" × 5¾", 35,  pp.
Collection on consignment with LDRB.
Good. Item #8325