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BLAZE de BURY, Henri "Bianca Capello [sic]. Grand Duchess of Tuscany. To Mr Alidor Delzant". Late 19th c In-8°: 98 ff. written on letter paper, text mostly written on the front, qqs erasures, qqs footnotes. Bound in a vol. in supple red morocco with long grain of the spine and small flaps, flats encircled by a double gilt fillet, smooth spine encircled by a double gilt fillet, titled "H. Blaze de Bury - Bianca Capello - Manuscript" and adorned with a fleuron, filled with gold fleurons. Autograph manuscript copy (?) of this story by Bianca Capello published in two issues of the "Revue des Deux Mondes": the first part in volume 63 of 1884 (pp. 721-758), the second part in volume 64 of the same year (pp. 138-161). This copy presents some differences from the published text. It is addressed to the lawyer, writer and bibliophile Alidor Delzant (1848-1905). Delzant was the director of the "Revue artistique", the executor of Edmond de Goncourt's will and the author of a biography "Les Goncourt" (Paris, Charpentier, 1889). With a letter from H. Blaze de Bury to Delzant, his "neighbour" about a criticism following the publication of this story in the review. The writer Henri Blaze de Bury (1813-1888) was also a composer and literary and artistic critic. Bianca Cappello (1548-1587), Grand Duchess of Tuscany, daughter of a patrician from Venice, was the mistress and later the second wife of Duke Francis I de' Medici. She died a few hours after her husband, a victim like him of arsenic poisoning at Villa Poggio in Caiano, near Florence. The villa belonged to Bianca's brother-in-law, Cardinal Ferdinand de' Medici, the future Ferdinand I, and suspicions were aroused. The Palazzo di Bianca Cappello in Florence was built especially for her by Duke Francis I.