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GENET, Jean.

Lot 1373: GENET, Jean. Le Journal du voleur. Octobre 1947.

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July 6, 2022
75116 Paris, France

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GENET, Jean.
Le Journal du voleur. Octobre 1947.
Manuscrit autographe signé : emboîtage moderne en maroquin noir de Loutrel.
Publié clandestinement en 1948, Le Journal du voleur marque un terme à la série autobiographique commencée avec Querelle de Brest et poursuivie par Pompes funèbres, Notre-Dame des fleurs et Le Miracle de la rose. A mi-chemin du roman de formation et de l'essai philosophique, il relate la difficile ascèse de son auteur vers le mal (ascèse qu'il nomme “sainteté”), associé à l'homosexualité et au vol.
L'infamie délibérément assumée est à la fois une manifestation de liberté et une source de poésie.
(Sous la direction de Henri Mitterand, Dictionnaire des oeuvres du XX e siècle, 1995, p. 253.)
Manuscrit autographe signé : sa réapparition dans la vente Jacques Guérin en 1986 fit sensation.
Il offre le troisième état connu du texte, proche de la version définitive.
Le manuscrit se compose de 156 feuillets petit in-4 sur papier d'écolier quadrillé dont un feuillet de titre signé et daté, sous une couverture de cahier, également titrée et signée. À l'encre bleue ou noire, paginés de 1 à 87 puis de 1 à 51 (quelques feuillets bis et ter), et au crayon bleu, d'une autre main, pour la dactylographie. Il comprend également des ajouts autographes, sur onglets de formats différents ou au verso de certains feuillets, allant de deux à une quinzaine de lignes.
Rédaction proche de l'édition clandestine de 1948 : le manuscrit, complet en soi, correspond à environ deux grands tiers du roman publié, le récit ayant été modifié et augmenté par la suite par
Jean Genet. Il présente des variantes : certains passages sont absents ou s'enchaînent différemment les uns aux autres (description des Ramblas de Barcelone ou évocation de la Dame à la Licorne par exemple), minimes modifications de certains mots ou de syntaxe, le nom de Java est indiqué alors que Genet le laissera parfois en blanc dans le texte définitif...
Ces minimes différences se lisent dès les premières lignes du manuscrit (p. 1101, édition de la
Pléiade) :
Si l'on parle de la violence d'un homme il s 'agit moins d'une manifestation tumultueuse comme en provoque parfois la colère mais d'une audace au repos amoureuse des périls. Elle se lit dans un regard, une démarche, un sourire, et c'est en vous qu'elle produit les remous, c'est vous qu'elle démonte. Cette violence est un calme qui vous agite.
La dernière page de ce manuscrit s'achève sur une rédaction identique à celle qu'on retrouvera dans la version définitive, avant les développements sur le personnage d'Armand (p. 268, édition de 1949, p. 1287, de la Pléiade) :
Toutefois si les oppositions de vil et de noble devaient demeurer, aurai-je su démêler chez eux les moments de fierté, de rigueur, les reconnaître comme les éléments épars d'une sévérité que je veux rassembler en moi, afin d'en obtenir un chef d'oeuvre volontaire.
Dès 1943, Le Journal du voleur est évoqué dans le contrat d'édition établi avec Paul Morihien, mandaté par Cocteau, mais Jean Genet n'en entreprit la rédaction qu'en 1945. Des premiers extraits furent publiés dans Les Temps modernes en juillet-août 1946. L'édition originale a paru à
Genève, sans doute à l'automne 1948 : elle a été publiée anonymement “Aux dépens d'un ami” par Albert Skira et tirée à 410 exemplaires hors commerce. Cette édition originale est dédiée “Au
Castor, A Sartre”. L'amitié qui liait les trois écrivains est fameuse. (En 1952, Jean-Paul Sartre publia un Saint Genet, comédien et martyr qui devait être décisif dans la reconnaissance de l'écrivain.)
Puis, en juillet 1949, Gallimard publia une seconde édition du Journal du voleur avec un texte censuré par l'auteur lui-même. Le texte originel, tel qu'il avait paru en 1948, vient d'être réédité pour la première fois dans la collection de la Pléiade (2021).
Provenance : Jacques Guérin (cat. 4 juin 1986, nº 83 : “Ce manuscrit peut être qualifié de pièce capitale.”).
Le Journal du voleur. October 1947.
Autograph manuscript signed : modern black morocco slipcase by Loutrel.
Published clandestinely in 1948, Le Journal du voleur marks the end of the autobiographical series begun with Querelle de Brest and continued by Pompes funèbres, Notre-Dame des fleurs and Le Miracle de la rose. Halfway between a formative novel and a philosophical essay, it relates the difficult asceticism of its author towards evil (an asceticism he calls "sanctity"), associated with homosexuality and theft.
The deliberately assumed infamy is both a manifestation of freedom and a source of poetry.
(Under the direction of Henri Mitterand, Dictionnaire des oeuvres du XX e siècle, 1995, p. 253.)
Signed autograph manuscript: its reappearance in the Jacques Guérin sale in 1986 caused a sensation.
It offers the third known state of the text, close to the final version.
The manuscript consists of 156 small leaves in-4 on squared school paper, including a signed and dated title sheet, under a cover of a notebook, also titled and signed. In blue or black ink, paginated from 1 to 87 then from 1 to 51 (some leaves bis and ter), and in blue pencil, in another hand, for the typing. It also includes autograph additions, on tabs of different sizes or on the back of some leaves, ranging from two to about fifteen lines.
The manuscript, complete in itself, corresponds to about two thirds of the published novel, the story having been modified and enlarged afterwards by
Jean Genet. It presents some variations: some passages are missing or follow each other differently (description of the Ramblas of Barcelona or evocation of the Lady of the Unicorn, for example), minimal modifications of certain words or syntax, the name of Java is indicated whereas Genet will sometimes leave it blank in the final text...
These minimal differences can be read from the very first lines of the manuscript (p. 1101, edition of the
Pléiade):
If one speaks of the violence of a man, it is less a matter of a tumultuous manifestation as anger sometimes provokes, but of an audacity at rest in love with perils. It can be read in a look, a walk, a smile, and it is in you that it produces the turmoil, it is you that it dismantles. This violence is a calm which agitates you.
The last page of this manuscript ends with an essay identical to the one that will be found in the final version, before the developments on the character of Armand (p. 268, 1949 edition, p. 1287, in the Pléiade):
However, if the oppositions of vile and noble were to remain, would I have been able to unravel in them the moments of pride, of rigor, to recognize them as the scattered elements of a severity that I want to gather in myself, in order to obtain a voluntary masterpiece.
As early as 1943, Le Journal du voleur was mentioned in the publishing contract established with Paul Morihien, commissioned by Cocteau, but Jean Genet did not begin writing it until 1945. The first extracts were published in Les Temps modernes in July-August 1946. The original edition appeared at
Geneva, probably in the fall of 1948: it was published anonymously "At the expense of a friend" by Albert Skira and printed in 410 copies off the shelf. This first edition is dedicated "To
Castor, To Sartre". (In 1952, Jean-Paul Sartre published a Saint Genet, comédien et martyr which was to be decisive in the recognition of the writer.)
Then, in July 1949, Gallimard published a second edition of the Journal du voleur with a text censored by the author himself. The original text, as it had appeared in 1948, has just been republished for the first time in the Pléiade collection (2021).
Provenance: Jacques Guérin (cat. June 4, 1986, no. 83: "This manuscript can be qualified as a capital piece").

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GENET, Jean.

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164-Arts graphiques;203-Livres et Manuscrits;665-Lettres et autographes

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- Sales at Richelieu - Drouot : Furniture, paintings and other voluminous objects which have not been retrieved by the buyer on the day following the sales, before 10 am, will be stored in the 3rd basement of the Hotel Drouot where they can be collected at the following hours : 1pm - 5pm from Monday to Friday, 8am - 12am on Saturday.
Hotel Drouot Store : 6 bis rue Rossini, 75009, Paris Tel : +33 (0)1 48 00 20 56
All due storage fees, according to the tariffs of Drouot SA, have to be paid at the Hotel Drouot's store before the retrieval of items and on presentation of the paid voucher.
- Sales at Atelier Richelieu : Furniture, paintings and other voluminous objects which have not been retrieved by the buyer on the day following the sales, before 10am, will be stored at the TSE furniture store where they can be collected at the following hours : 9am - 12am / 2pm - 6pm from Monday to Friday.
Furniture store TSE : 36 / 56 rue Louis David, 93170 Bagnolet Tel : +33 (0)1 48 58 36 06 Email : garde - [email protected]
Storage fees will be taken care of by PBA for a duration of 15 days starting after the date of the sale. Past this period of time, the buyer will be responsible for the fees which will be of 30 euros per m³ per month. Please note that it will be compulsory to inform Pierre Bergé & associés 48h before collecting the acquired items so that Pierre Bergé & associés can authorize the delivery by the furniture store. Retrieval of purchases is done upon appointment and presentation of the paid voucher.

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€500,001+: 24.6%

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€28,000 €31,999 €2,000
€32,000 €37,999 €3,000
€38,000 €39,999 €2,000
€40,000 €79,999 €5,000
€80,000 €99,999 €5,000
€100,000+ €10,000

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CONDITIONS OF SALE

The auction will be conducted in euros and payment will be due immediately. In addition to the hammer price, buyers will pay the following fees : up to 150 000 euros, 30% incl. VAT of the hammer price (25% excl. VAT + 20% VAT), above 500 000 euros and up to 500 000 euros, 25,8%
incl. VAT (21.5% excl. VAT + 20% VAT) and above 500 000 euros, 21,6% incl. VAT (18% excl. VAT
+ 20% VAT). This calculation applies to each lot per tranche.

Payment is due immediately after the sale. This rule applies even if the buyer wishes to export the lot and an export license is, or may be, required. Payment must be made by wire transfer and in Euros. As a courtesy we accept payment by Visa, MasterCard as well as Amex (with additional fees of 2.75%). In cash and in Euros up to 1 000 euros (incl. fees and taxes) for French private residents and up to 15 000 euros (incl. fees and taxes) for foreign residents. The auction operating officer is adherent to the Registre Central de prévention des impayés des Commissaires Priseurs (Auctioneers Central Registry to prevent overdue payments) to which payment incidents may be addressed. Rights of access, rectification and opposition on legitimate grounds can be exercised by the debtor involved by addressing to Symey 15 rue Freycinet 75016 Paris.

IMPORTANT NOTICE : Concerning lots sold by foreign resident sellers, buyer will pay a 5.5% VAT in addition to the hammer price (lots marked with ) or 20% (lots marked with ) plus legal fees (VAT may be reclaimed upon proof of export outside the EU within a maximum one month period). In accordance with the provisions of Article 321 - 4 of the Commercial Code, the asterisk ( ) marking some lots indicates that they are owned by an associate of Pierre Bergé & Associates.

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Pierre Bergé & associés is legally obliged to collect the sums due under the resale right for the sale of the lots and to return them to the collecting agency or the beneficiary of the right.
The buyer shall be responsible for the payment of the resale charge and shall be invoiced at the same time as the tender price and the costs referred to in the first paragraph.
In the event that PBA becomes aware that a sale is subject to the resale duty only after the lot has been tendered, that duty will be invoiced to the buyer separately.
The selling price used as the basis for collecting the resale duty shall be calculated, excluding taxes, on the hammer price. It is calculated work by work. The applicable rate is:
- 4% for the price range up to 50,000 euros
- 3% for the price range between EUR 50,000.01 and EUR 200,000
- 1% for the price range between EUR 200,000.01 and EUR 350,000
- 0.5% for the price range between EUR 350,000.01 and EUR 500,000
- 0.25% for the part of the price exceeding EUR 500,000.01. The amount of the resale right is capped at 12,500 euros.


WARRANTY
In accordance with the law, the auctioneer is legally responsible for the contents of the catalogue, subject to any adjustment announced during the presentation of the lot and duly noted in the official sale record. Condition reports describing damage, imperfection or restoration are done to facilitate the prospection and shall remain subject to the discretion of personal examination by the buyer or his representative. The absence of such reference in the catalogue does not imply that an object is exempt from any defect or restoration. The pre - sale exhibition allows prospective buyers to inspect property and therefore, no claim will be registered regarding usual restorations and small accidents.


BIDDINGS
The sale will follow the lot numbers according to the catalogue. PBA has discretion to set the increment of the bids and all bidders must comply with this. The highest and final bidder will be the buyer. In case of a double bidding declared by the auctioneer, the lot will be immediately reoffered for sale and all present prospective buyers will be able to bid a second time. At the striking of the hammer, risk and responsibility for the lot passes to the buyer. He is therefore responsible for insuring his lots as soon as the auction is final.


ABSENTEE AND TELEPHONE BIDS
Bidders who cannot attend the auction in person and who are wishing to bid by absentee or telephone bid are required to submit bids on the Absentee Bid Form of which a copy is printed in the last pages of the catalogue. This form must be received at least two days in advance of the sale, with the bidder's bank details. Pierre Bergé & Associates provides telephone bids as a convenience to bidders who cannot attend the auction in person and therefore will not be held responsible if a phone connection problem occurs , under no circumstances Pierre Bergé & Associates employees will be held responsible if an error shall occur in the execution of the telephone bids.



REMOVAL OF PURCHASES
From the moment the hammer falls, sold items will be in the exclusive responsability of the buyer. Transportation and storage will be invalided to the buyer. The buyer will be solely responsible for insurance, and Pierre Bergé & associés assumes no liability for any damage items may incur from the time the hammer falls. All formality procedures, including those concerning exportation as well as transport fall exclusively to the buyer.
- Sales at Richelieu - Drouot : Furniture, paintings and other voluminous objects which have not been retrieved by the buyer on the day following the sales, before 10 am, will be stored in the 3rd basement of the Hotel Drouot where they can be collected at the following hours : 1pm - 5pm from Monday to Friday, 8am - 12am on Saturday.
Hotel Drouot Store : 6 bis rue Rossini, 75009, Paris Tel : +33 (0)1 48 00 20 56
All due storage fees, according to the tariffs of Drouot SA, have to be paid at the Hotel Drouot's store before the retrieval of items and on presentation of the paid voucher.
- Sales at Atelier Richelieu : Furniture, paintings and other voluminous objects which have not been retrieved by the buyer on the day following the sales, before 10am, will be stored at the TSE furniture store where they can be collected at the following hours : 9am - 12am / 2pm - 6pm from Monday to Friday.
Furniture store TSE : 36 / 56 rue Louis David, 93170 Bagnolet Tel : +33 (0)1 48 58 36 06 Email : garde - [email protected]
Storage fees will be taken care of by PBA for a duration of 15 days starting after the date of the sale. Past this period of time, the buyer will be responsible for the fees which will be of 30 euros per m³ per month. Please note that it will be compulsory to inform Pierre Bergé & associés 48h before collecting the acquired items so that Pierre Bergé & associés can authorize the delivery by the furniture store. Retrieval of purchases is done upon appointment and presentation of the paid voucher.

PRE-EMPTION
In certain cases, the French State may exercise its pre - emptive right on works of art put up for sale, in accordance with the provisions of the Article 37 of the Law of December 31, 1921, amended by section 59 of the Law of July 10, 2000. State then replaces the last bidder. In such cases, the representative of the State must express its intention after the striking of the hammer to the company authorized to organize the public auction or private sale. The pre - emption decision must then be confirmed within fifteen days. Pierre Bergé & Associates will not assume any liability for administrative decisions of pre-emption.

Contract

The auction will be conducted in euros and payment will be due immediately. In addition to the hammer price, buyers will pay the following fees : up to 150 000 euros, 30% incl. VAT of the hammer price (25% excl. VAT + 20% VAT), above 500 000 euros and up to 500 000 euros, 25,8%
incl. VAT (21.5% excl. VAT + 20% VAT) and above 500 000 euros, 21,6% incl. VAT (18% excl. VAT
+ 20% VAT). This calculation applies to each lot per tranche.

Payment is due immediately after the sale. This rule applies even if the buyer wishes to export the lot and an export license is, or may be, required. Payment must be made by wire transfer and in Euros. As a courtesy we accept payment by Visa, MasterCard as well as Amex (with additional fees of 2.75%). In cash and in Euros up to 1 000 euros (incl. fees and taxes) for French private residents and up to 15 000 euros (incl. fees and taxes) for foreign residents. The auction operating officer is adherent to the Registre Central de prévention des impayés des Commissaires Priseurs (Auctioneers Central Registry to prevent overdue payments) to which payment incidents may be addressed. Rights of access, rectification and opposition on legitimate grounds can be exercised by the debtor involved by addressing to Symey 15 rue Freycinet 75016 Paris.

IMPORTANT NOTICE : Concerning lots sold by foreign resident sellers, buyer will pay a 5.5% VAT in addition to the hammer price (lots marked with ) or 20% (lots marked with ) plus legal fees (VAT may be reclaimed upon proof of export outside the EU within a maximum one month period). In accordance with the provisions of Article 321 - 4 of the Commercial Code, the asterisk ( ) marking some lots indicates that they are owned by an associate of Pierre Bergé & Associates.

PREMIUM

In addition to the hammer price, buyers will pay the following fees : up to 150 000 euros, 30% incl. VAT of the hammer price (25% excl. VAT + 20% VAT), above 500 000 euros and up to 500 000 euros, 25,8%
incl. VAT (21.5% excl. VAT + 20% VAT) and above 500 000 euros, 21,6% incl. VAT (18% excl. VAT
+ 20% VAT). This calculation applies to each lot per tranche.


- 3.60% VAT (20% VAT) of the auction price for auctions via INVALUABLE.

Shipping Terms

From the moment the hammer falls, sold items will be in the exclusive responsability of the buyer. Transportation and storage will be invalided to the buyer. The buyer will be solely responsible for insurance, and Pierre Bergé & associés assumes no liability for any damage items may incur from the time the hammer falls. All formality procedures, including those concerning exportation as well as transport fall exclusively to the buyer.
- Sales at Richelieu - Drouot : Furniture, paintings and other voluminous objects which have not been retrieved by the buyer on the day following the sales, before 10 am, will be stored in the 3rd basement of the Hotel Drouot where they can be collected at the following hours : 1pm - 5pm from Monday to Friday, 8am - 12am on Saturday.
Hotel Drouot Store : 6 bis rue Rossini, 75009, Paris Tel : +33 (0)1 48 00 20 56
All due storage fees, according to the tariffs of Drouot SA, have to be paid at the Hotel Drouot's store before the retrieval of items and on presentation of the paid voucher.
- Sales at Atelier Richelieu : Furniture, paintings and other voluminous objects which have not been retrieved by the buyer on the day following the sales, before 10am, will be stored at the TSE furniture store where they can be collected at the following hours : 9am - 12am / 2pm - 6pm from Monday to Friday.
Furniture store TSE : 36 / 56 rue Louis David, 93170 Bagnolet Tel : +33 (0)1 48 58 36 06 Email : garde - [email protected]
Storage fees will be taken care of by PBA for a duration of 15 days starting after the date of the sale. Past this period of time, the buyer will be responsible for the fees which will be of 30 euros per m³ per month. Please note that it will be compulsory to inform Pierre Bergé & associés 48h before collecting the acquired items so that Pierre Bergé & associés can authorize the delivery by the furniture store. Retrieval of purchases is done upon appointment and presentation of the paid voucher.

Warranty

In accordance with the law, the auctioneer is legally responsible for the contents of the catalogue, subject to any adjustment announced during the presentation of the lot and duly noted in the official sale record. Condition reports describing damage, imperfection or restoration are done to facilitate the prospection and shall remain subject to the discretion of personal examination by the buyer or his representative. The absence of such reference in the catalogue does not imply that an object is exempt from any defect or restoration. The pre - sale exhibition allows prospective buyers to inspect property and therefore, no claim will be registered regarding usual restorations and small accidents.