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#308 - Virginia Oldoini, Countess of Castiglione

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The Mata Hari of her day

Nineteenth century Italian aristocrat (1837–1899) and the most beautiful woman of her day, she achieved notoriety as a mistress of Emperor Napoleon III, upon whom she exercised considerable influence, supposedly contributing to the Franco-Sardinian alliance. She was also an early photographic artist, obsessed with her own image. Unsigned autograph letter in French, one page both sides, 5 x 6.5, no date. Untranslated message to a would-be lover. In very good condition, with spot of toning to top edge over several words of text (but not affecting legibility), a rough vertical edge, and some light show-through from writing on opposite side. A rare letter from one of Italy’s most fascinating women. RR Auction COA.

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