Lot 5: Pierre COSTE (1668-1747) protestant français réfugié à Londres, traducteur de Locke et Newton, et éditeur de Montaigne. L.A.S., [Londres] 24 juin 1734, au Président de MONTESQUIEU, à Paris ; 2 pages et demie in-4, adresse avec cachet de cire au buste

Le Brech & Associés

December 18, 2012, 2:00 PM CET
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Description: Pierre COSTE (1668-1747) protestant français réfugié à Londres, traducteur de Locke et Newton, et éditeur de Montaigne. L.A.S., [Londres] 24 juin 1734, au Président de Montesquieu, à Paris ; 2 pages et demie in-4, adresse avec cachet de cire au buste de philosophe antique (fente au dernier feuillet). [CM 395]
Au sujet du succès en Angleterre des Considérations sur les causes de la grandeur des Romains et de leur décadence. [De son ami et correspondant londonien Pierre Coste, Montesquieu disait en riant qu'il « croit avoir fait Montaigne, et il rougit quand on le loue devant lui ».]
Il évoque d'abord « ce funeste accident qui nous a enlevé le Duc de Berwick. Indépendamment de son habileté dans la guerre, & sans compter les belles actions qui l'ont élevé au rang des plus fameux généraux, c'étoit un homme adorable par sa vertu, par son humanité, sa politesse, & c'est ce qui me rendra sa mémoire précieuse »... Il en vient au succès des Considérations en Angleterre, où le livre « est lû avec avidité, & est universellement applaudi. Un libraire m'a assuré que Mylord Carteret [...] lui en a fait un éloge complet, c'est qu'il l'a gouté en tout & partout. Je puis assurer la même chose d'un critique qui semble chercher plutôt à reprendre qu'à louer, dans les ouvrages qui lui tombent entre les mains, je veux dire qu'il n'a rien trouvé à censurer dans le vôtre. [...] Je ne vous dirai pas ce que j'en pense moi-même, parce que je ne l'ai pas vû, & qu'on ne le trouve plus chez nos libraires. Tout ce qu'ils ont reçu de Hollande, a été enlevé en fort peu de temps. Il en viendra de nouveaux exemplaires ; & alors j'aurai soin de le lire & de vous en dire naïvement tout ce qui me viendra dans l'esprit. Préparez tout pour une seconde édition. [...] Il y a long-temps que je me suis livré au plaisir de vous aimer ; & je ne m'en saurai non plus passer que de respirer. C'est votre mérite qui a excité ce feu qui ne s'éteindra qu'avec ma vie »...
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Storage and Shipping: We strongly advise the purchasers to withdraw their purchase at their earliest convenience in order to avoid storage rent fees. On any ground may neither S.V.V. LE BRECH & ASSOCIES nor the expert be hold responsible for stored items.

In case purchases are paid by money transfer, items may be delivered upon final collection. Once the auction is hammered, the buyer becomes responsible for his purchase. The buyer is solely in charge for insuring his purchase and S.V.V. LE BRECH & ASSOCIES is not liable for any damages the lot may incurred once the sale is hammered.

Shipment is conducted under the entire responsibility of the buyer. S.V.V. LE BRECH & ASSOCIES may carry out the shipment under the following conditions:

1 - A written note from the buyer to S.V.V. LE BRECH & ASSOCIES is required. It must exonerate S.V.V. LE BRECH & ASSOCIES from any liability that may incur to the item during transportation.

2 - A markup packing fee depending on the value and the size of the item will be added to the shipping costs. The buyer is responsible for choosing his/her shipping company and for the organization of the shipment. S.V.V. LE BRECH & ASSOCIES may propose a list of carriers, with no contractual commitment. Getting an export license requires a 5 to 10 week deadline that may be reduced depending on how fast the buyer will instruct S.V.V. LE BRECH & ASSOCIES on his/her decisions.

Concerning the Hermès Scarves Auction a fee is applied: 10€ by scarf
Premium: Purchasers will pay in addition to the hammer price, a buyer's premium of 19.23 % VAT excluded or 23 % VAT included (+ internet premium bid 3%).
VAT and taxes: Purchasers will pay in addition to the hammer price, a buyer's premium of 19.23 % VAT excluded or 23 % VAT included (+ internet premium bid 3%).
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