Notes that Flaubert used for his novel Salammbô. The work, Voyage au Ouaday, was published in 1844. Each of these fascinating notes is titled in the margin: Sultans of the Ouaday - Bosses of courage [sort of buboes behind each rider's ear, seat of courage for the Ouadayans]. - Color that the Ouadayans value [skin color] - Ferocity of language of the Ouadayans - Pusillanimity in the desert - The Sultan, behind a curtain like an oracle - Distinctive marks of the tribes of the idolatrous Sudan - The djengueh [who sleep in ashes] - Luxury objects reserved for the sultan alone - Why the sultan of the Ouaday could not drink milk - Female djinns in love epilepsy [sleeping with female djinns can make one epileptic] - Wonderful siring of a horse - Couples who live in trees - etc.
Sale Succession Caroline Franklin Grout-Flaubert. Manuscripts of Gustave Flaubert. Autograph letters and objects. From his estate. Sale in Paris, Hôtel Drouot, 18 and 19 November 1931, n° 159.