Voltaire, whose literary output was prolific, is regarded as one of the greatest letter writers in history. This piece of correspondence, addressed "Gabriele," was presumably to his printer, Gabriele Cramer. In it, Voltaire writes: "I am sending you a new Russian Chapter. Let us leave Andromeda and take up the General History of Russia. The events of Catherine's succession, and the approaching peace seem to warrant our doing so."
Some foxing, closed tears with reinforcements (blue paper), some minor loss to margins (without loss of text), old folds. Note: not examined out of frame. In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.