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Jean de LA FONTAINE & ANONYME Manuscrit des Fables de La Fontaine établi par un prisonnier d'état sur deux rouleaux de 800 pieds (250 mètres) de long

Jean de LA FONTAINE & ANONYME

Manuscrit des Fables de La Fontaine établi par un prisonnier d'état sur deux rouleaux de 800 pieds (250 mètres) de long

S.n., s.l. [Forteresse de Pignerol] S.d (Circa1808), Deux rouleaux d'environ 250 mètres de long (800 pieds) sur 3cm de largeur.


Complete manuscript of the Fables established under Napoleon I, by a prisoner whose identity is not reached us, interned in Pinerolo (Piedmont).
The set was written on two rolls of paper laid strong consist of multiple segments bonded to each other with a total length of 250 meters (800 feet) and 3 inches wide.
Indication probably later in pencil revealing the author's condition, the place and year of detention.
Beautiful writing in black ink on two lines then, the shares are rubricated a grid in red ink, we find the reverse handwritten graduation old regime foot (32.48 cm).
The only evidence is that the writer was a very educated man as the spelling is neat and even. He had access to a paper and a writing material (feathers and black and red inks) high quality which suggests that it was an important prisoner. Did he know the text by heart? Were there personal books or the possibility to consult in a library? Was he a political prisoner? Was it French? We do not know. So why the prisoner wrote this text in the strange shape? Maybe he has wanted, like Sade conceal his captors in the interstices of a wall.

Very curious manuscript famous Fables of La Fontaine brings us back to the prison conditions of a personality imprisoned during the reign of Napoleon

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