Eugène SUE. Aventures d'Achille Hercule Hardi ou la Guyane en 1772. 5 février - 21 mai 1840.

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Eugène SUE. Aventures d'Achille Hercule Hardi ou la Guyane en 1772. 5 février - 21 mai 1840.
Eugène SUE. Adventures of Achille Hercule Hardi or Guyana in 1772. February 5 - May 21, 1840. Signed autograph manuscript, 17 pages and 163 folios, brown ink on lined paper, paginated by chapter, black half-maroquin slipcase. Impressive working manuscript of this novel, which appeared in serial form in La Presse from April 20 to May 22, 1840. A complete manuscript, abundantly corrected, with a number of previously unpublished variants, of this historical-exotic novel recounting the adventures of a fearful and somewhat moronic young man, dispatched by his father to Dutch Guiana to wage war against the Maroon slaves and their Indian allies. His deceptive impassivity in desperate circumstances earns him an undeserved reputation for courage and daring. Accompanied by a stapled notebook (17 pages in 12 sheets, one of which is in a smaller format, stapled at the end), presenting sketches and drafting intentions, the novel's layout, important references to readings and documentary notes on fauna, flora, plantations, the Guyanese population, slaves, etc., it is accompanied by two small, stapled sheets. It also includes two small sketches and a few financial accounts. The text of the novel is written on the left-hand side of the page, on the versos only, the right-hand side being reserved for modifications and additions, which are sometimes also corrected. The first part, dated February 6, 1840 at the beginning of the manuscript, consists of 17 numbered chapters. The following chapters, dated April 15, 1840, begin with the title "Suite de la révolte de Surinam" (Continuation of the Surinam revolt). Chapter [XVIII], entitled "Cormöetibo", is in two states: the autograph version and a copyist's clean-up, this time titled "Bousy-Craÿ" and corrected by the author. On some versos of the leaves, passages have been crossed out from unsuccessful drafts. The manuscript closes with a description of an honor roll awarded by the town of Vlissingen to the aptly named Hercule Hardi: "Hercule-Victor-Achille Hardy, nicknamed the Superb Lion by the fierce anthropophagous Indians he has tamed with his courage, is threatened with the most appalling torments if he does not take up arms among these fierce Indians called Piamakotans, and if he does not choose a wife from among the young girls of their tribes... Hercules-Victor Achille Hardy, faithful to the beauty and honor of his country, intrepidly refused the seductive offers made to him, crying out for the torment of the brave". The first edition of Les Aventures d'Hercule Hardi was published by Gosselin, also in 1840, along with a second historical novel, Le Colonel Surville, under the collective title Deux histoires 1772-1810. Provenance: former Jules Marsan collection.
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