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Book Description
Rare opportunity to acquire an original manuscript in the hand of the philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau. In the years between 1745 and 1749 Jean Jacques Rousseau was employed by Louise Marie Madeline Dupin as a research assistant on her ambitious project to delineate in print the history of women. After years of labour by Rousseau and Madame Dupin her ^gOuvrage sur les Femmes^g was shelved, unfinished. The research notes, drafts, and fair copies written by Rousseau and his employer were stored at the chateau of Chenonceaux, essentially forgotten, until their sale at a series of auctions held between 1951 and 1958. Louise Marie Madeline Fontaine Dupin was born in Paris on 28 October 1706 to Marie Anne Armande de Fontaine and the banker Samuel Bernard. In 1722 she married Claude Dupin; they had one son, Jacques Armand, born in 1727. Dupin's success as a "tax farmer" and government official enabled him to buy the chateau of Chenonceaux in 1733. At Chenonceaux Madame Dupin cultivated a salon of artists and writers, and, by the mid-1740s, formed the intention of writing the history of womankind. With the assistance of Rousseau she labored on this task for several years, before abandoning it about 1750. Madame Dupin continued to live at Chenonceaux following her husband's death in 1769, dying there shortly after dictating her will on 20 November 1799. As a result of the auction sales between 1951 and 1958 a major portion of Madame Dupin's stillborn work was acquired by the Harry Ransom Center in Texas.
Author ROUSSEAU, Jean-Jacques. [DUPIN, Louise Marie Madeline].
Date [c. 1749]
Condition 4to (mm x mm), 8 lines written in the top outer quarter, in the columnar format characteristic of Rousseau; paper watermarked 1749.

Price: £850.00

Offered by Pickering & Chatto

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