Sale of Manuscripts of Émilie Du Châtelet and Voltaire

An appeal for donations has been launched to help the French State acquire the manuscripts of Émilie Du Châtelet and Voltaire that will be sold at auction in Paris by Christie’s on 29 October.

The appeal, undertaken with the approval of the Archives de France and the Bibliothèque nationale de France, aims to assist public libraries and archives in France to preempt at the sale.  All contributions received will be made over to the public bodies able to make purchases on 29 October.  Payments made will not be banked until after the sale.

Substantial tax credits are available to those paying tax in France and all donors may appear, if they wish, on the published list of donors.

Donations play a double role, financial and moral.  All contributions, at whatever level, support the decisions that must soon be taken by those who will determine the public funding available.

Donations can be made by French cheque, Visa or Mastercard, bank transfer (all charges at the expense of the donor, please) and by Pay Pal.

You may find the following links useful:

On behalf of

Andrew Brown
Fonds de dotation Voltaire
26 Grand’rue, F-01210 Ferney-Voltaire

Téléphone: 04 50 28 06 08
Fax: 09 59 34 42 11
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