VOLTAIRE — IN 1774 — CERTIFYING THE OWNERSHIP OF A SURGEON’S SURGERY
VOLTAIRE — nom de plume of: FRANCOIS-MARIE AROUET. (1694-1778) French essayist and philosopher; famous for his wit, his attacks on the established Catholic Church, and his advocacy of freedom of religion, freedom of expression, and separation of church and state; produced works in almost every literary form, including plays, poems, novels, essays, and historical and scientific works. He wrote more than 20,000 letters and more than 2,000 books and pamphlets. He was an outspoken advocate of several liberties, despite the risk this placed him in under the strict censorship laws of the time; he frequently made use of his works to illustrate the inequalities of the politics of the moment. Very-scarce Manuscript Note Signed, ”Voltaire.”, in French. One page, small octavo. Ferney, October 2, 1774. Additional contemporary docketing at lower left. Voltaire writes:
“I certify that the house built in Ferney by Dr. Lerrachon in which the lodge currently performs [serves as] the double surgery, was built with the funds of Lerrachon, and belongs to him in its own right. Made at Ferney, on the 2nd of October 1774″.
A rare example of Voltaire’s entire signature on a document.