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ALS by Gertrude Stein to Marcelle Ferry.

Paris, December 8, 1930. Single folded leaf with Stein's decorative letterhead, measuring 20.3 × 13.6 cm, inscribed recto and verso, once folded and with the original stamped envelope featuring the seal and Stein's calling card. Very good.

Autograph letter signed to Marcelle Ferry, posted on December 8, 1930 when Stein was residing at 27 rue de Fleurus. The letter is written on her personal stationary with the address and the words "A rose is a rose is a rose" inscribed in a circle in silvery letters. Also included is Stein's calling card and the original envelope, with Stein's wax seal, which likewise consists of the words "A rose is a rose is a rose."

"Mes chers amis, merci pour les violets vraiment noble même comme on dit à Belley Royale, mais vraiment j'étais très très touchée et très très contente des violets et maintenant voulez-vous dîner avec nous, mercredi soir 7 heures, si il y a aucune chose qui empêche. Téléphonez-moi, si non, on conte (sic) sur vous. Nous étions un peu troublées par l'état de Bartel (?); je sais pas à son âge comment c'était arrivé mais tout (sic) les symptômes à la longue a fait la maladie (sic). Mais maintenant il va un tout petit [peu] mieux alors à Mercredi. To you, Gertrude."

Stein had probably been introduced to Ferry by Georges Hugnet (1906-1974), who had published a French translation of "Making of Americans" several months prior. Ferry (1904-1985) was a French writer and poet in touch with the Paris surrealists from the early 1930s onward. She had an affair with Hugnet and later with Breton, before marrying Jean Lévy, a specialist in Raymond Roussel who led the College of Pataphysics.

Book ID: 51655

Price: $2,500.00