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La Pucelle D'Orleans

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0096 MS 249
Held at: Senate House Library, University of London
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Full title: La Pucelle D'Orleans
Date(s): [1750]
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 1 volume containing 301 leaves
Name of creator(s): Unknown
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Administrative/Biographical history:

Voltaire (François-Marie Arouet, 1694-1778) was a celebrated French writer. His La Pucelle D'Orleans was a mock-heroic poem, a comic satire of fundamental Catholic religion, as well as of Voltaire's own personal enemies, and was written for his own pleasure and that of his friends. The outrageous work was an open secret in Europe, and manuscript copies circulated freely. Several versions were printed against Voltaire's wishes, and he denied authorship until 1762, when he allowed the publication of an authorised copy.


Scope and content/abstract:

Manuscript volume copy of Voltaire's La Pucelle D'Orleans, [1750], a satirical poem about Joan of Arc. The heading to each 'Chant' is written in green ink, with marginal notes in a different hand from the text. A letter from Dr Claudine I Wilson regarding the date of the manuscript is inserted.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Single item

Conditions governing access:

Access to this collection is unrestricted for the purpose of private study and personal research within the supervised environment and restrictions of the Library's Palaeography Room. Uncatalogued material may not be seen. Please contact the University Archivist for details.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copies may be made, subject to the condition of the original. Copying must be undertaken by the Palaeography Room staff, who will need a minimum of 24 hours to process requests.

Finding aids:

Collection level description.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Provenance unknown.

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Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Compiled by Sarah Aitchison as part of the RSLP AIM25 Project.

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
Jun 2001

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