Autograph Letter Signed ‘Marceline Valmore’, to an unknown recipient, offering “at swordpoint” [trans.] tickets for seats in a theatre box, at no charge, humorously commenting on her correspondent’s good fortune. In French. 1 page 8 x 5 inches, fine, with integral blank leaf. 27 April, no year given. Rare.Marceline Desbordes-Valmore (1786 – 1859), French poet and novelist. She published Élégies et Romances, her first poetic work, in 1819. In 1821 she published the narrative work Veillées des Antilles. It includes the novella Sarah, an important contribution to the genre of slave stories in France. Marceline appeared as an actress and singer in Douai, Rouen, the Opéra-Comique in Paris, and the Théâtre de la Monnaie in Brussels, where she notably played Rosine in Beaumarchais’s Le Barbier de Séville. She retired from the stage in 1823.