MESNAGE, Charles. ~ La Tartufiade poëme Satiri-comico-burlesque en douze chants. France, [Mayenne] 1849.
Manuscript in gold ink on papier velin, 8vo (170 × 125 mm), pp. 209, . Contemporary quarter calf, gilt panelled spine. Slightly rubbed.
An elegantly produced autograph manuscript in gold ink of Mesnage’s satire in hexasyllables denouncing the arrivistes of the Second Republic. It is apparently unpublished. Born in 1821 at Evron (Mayenne), Mesnage claimed direct descent from Racine and published several poetical works, including Les Fleurs d’Avril (Laval, 1854 of which a copy is included here). La Tartufiade, with its nod to Molière, was composed in 1858, on the eve of the establishment of the Republic and was copied up in this manuscript in 1849. Two further autograph poems (each on a single illuminated page of a bifolium): ‘Le Rève’ and ‘Ange aux blonds Cheveux: Romance’ are included.