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Lot 126: [Manuscript] Simon Arnauld, Marquis de Pomponne

1014: Rare Books & Manuscripts

by Addison & Sarova Auctioneers

November 5, 2016

Macon, GA, USA

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  • [Manuscript] Simon Arnauld, Marquis de Pomponne
  • [Manuscript] Simon Arnauld, Marquis de Pomponne
  • [Manuscript] Simon Arnauld, Marquis de Pomponne
  • [Manuscript] Simon Arnauld, Marquis de Pomponne
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Description: Signed manuscript letter from Simon Arnauld, Marquis de Pomponne. St. Germain, 1674. Single leaf, folded, manuscript to recto only. Leaf as unfolded measures 16.25" x 10.25". Upper corners cut, some toning, vertical and horizontal creases (as folded), a few short closed tears at margins, Very Good. *********************************** A letter from Simon Arnauld, Marquis de Pomponne, written while serving as French Secretary of State of Foreign affairs. The letter is addressed to an unknown but presumably Polish recipient. The letter is essentially a request that he should be kept aware of any events precipitated by the death of King Michael I of Poland (died 1673) and the political impact on Europe. He notes that while he has not yet been ordered to visit Poland "you must be convinced of the pleasure that I will have to complete my function" (translated from the French.) The reign of Poland's Michael I was largely a struggle for power between pro-Habsburg and pro-French political factions. The French supported John III Sobieski, and indeed Sobieski would become King of Poland in 1674. The present letter demonstrates France's keen interest in seizing the opportunity to increase their influence in Poland following the death of Michael I.

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