Lot 263: VERNE, JULES. Autograph Letter Signed, to publisher Pierre-Jules Hetzel ("My dear Hetzel"), in French,
November 1, 2016
New York, NY, USALive Auction
Description: "I WILL MODIFY WHAT YOU INDICATE IN THE CHARACTER OF GODFREY" VERNE, JULES. Autograph Letter Signed, to publisher Pierre-Jules Hetzel ("My dear Hetzel"), in French, agreeing to make plot changes to his story, Godfrey Morgan: A Californian Mystery (1882). 2 pages, 12mo, with integral blank; moderate scattered foxing, printed biography mounted to terminal page. Copenhagen, 26 June [circa 1882]
". . . [W]e're raising anchor to leave Copenhagen. I only have time to write you a few lines. . . . [Y]ou tell me of the School of the Robinsons. I will modify what you indicate in the character of Godfrey at his debut on the isle. It is understood or rather, I will displace the sentiment of conscience, for it is expressed later, when he sees that he must not and cannot count on anyone but himself. I am thinking also of my novella, but I gave myself a complete rest of a month . . . .
". . . I'll . . . shake your hand firmly, at the moment of departing again to begin the return voyage, which will last I don't know how long. We are at the mercy of the wind and the waves!"