Louis Blanc A.L.S.



[002952] Blanc, Louis. A.L.S. To an Unnamed Recipient Mentioning Newcastle Literary and Philosophical Society and Joseph Cowan. No Place: No Publisher, 1860. First Edition. 12mo. Unbound. Letter. Signed by Author. Good. [3]p, autograph letter signed, page size approximately 115mm x 180mm.

Lightly creased from old folds, very lightly browned, otherwise clean.

Letter, in French, dated 26th October 1860, from Blanc to an unnamed recipient, mentioning that whilst in Newcastle Blanc had received a letter asking him to repeat a lecture the recipient had previously heard, this time in front of the Newcastle Literary and Philosophical Society. Blanc later notes that he is only free during the last fortnight of December. The letter also mention Joseph Cowan, later M.P. for Newcastle Upon Tyne, who was interested in European revolutionary movements and apparently, through his father’s brick-making business, was involved in “smuggling documents abroad in the consignments of bricks. Cowen numbered among his friends Mazzini, Louis Blanc and Ledru-Rollin, as well as Herzen and Bakunin. Garibaldi. Felice Orsini and Lajos Kossuth came to visit him in Blaydon” (Wikipedia).

Louis Jean Joseph Charles Blanc (29 October 1811 – 6 December 1882) was a French politician and historian. A socialist who favoured reforms, his political and social ideas greatly contributed to the development of socialism in France