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Joseph François Chalard Translations of Four Novels by Alessandro Verri


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Chalard, Joseph François, 1768-1852

Joseph François Chalard (1768-1852) was a French notary with an interest in literature who translated the works of Alessandro Verri and Alexander Pope. He was born in Paris and died in Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France.

Consists of Joseph François Chalard's manuscript translations of four novels by the Italian author Alessandro Verri (1741-1816) into French, including "Les aventures de Sapho, poétesse de Mitylène" (Le avventure di Saffo poetessa di Mitilene), "La vie d'Erostrate" (La vita di Erostrato), and parts 1 and 2 of "Les nuits romaines au tombeau des Scipions" (Notti romane al sepolcro degli Scipioni). The manuscripts are written in brown ink in a single hand, with title pages for each work and chapter, and are bound into two volumes that bear the spine label "Oeuvres de Verri." The second volume also contains a brief biographical note about Chalard, which was written by his nephew and inserted after the translator's death. The translations appear to be unpublished.

Purchased from Bernard Quaritch LTD in 2019 (AM 2019-121).

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This collection was processed by Kelly Bolding in May 2019. Finding aid written by Kelly Bolding in May 2019.

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Collection Inventory

"Oeuvres de Verri," Volume 1, 1830-1838. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Contains "Les aventures de Sapho, poétesse de Mitylène" and "La vie d'Erostrate."

Physical Description

1 folder

"Oeuvres de Verri," Volume 2, 1810-1812. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Contains "Les nuits romaines au tombeau des Scipions" (parts 1 and 2). Also contains a brief biographical note about Chalard tucked into the front cover.

Physical Description

1 folder

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