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Issue of "La Petit" - Alfred Dreyfus's Humiliation Ceremony

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01.29.2024 07:00am

Rare Le Petit Journal issue dated January 13, 1895 featuring on the title page the most famous scene from the Dreyfus Affair - the public humiliation ceremony - the breaking of the sword and removal of Dreyfus' ranks after being convicted of treason - colorful illustration by the illustrator Henri Meyer [1844-1899]. Complete issue.

In the degrading ceremony held about a week before the publication of the issue before us on January 5, 1895, Dreyfus was paraded around the parade ground of the Ecole Militaire courtyard past units of the Paris Guard. The crowd was shouting: "Death to the traitor! Kill him! Dirty Jew! Judas Iscariot!". Before the ceremony began, the army broke Dreyfus' sword to prevent accidents during the public ceremony, with the climax being the breaking of the sword as an act of humiliation for the officer who was removed from his ranks and sent to prison. At the end of the ceremony Dreyfus was driven in a police wagon to prison, where he sat until his deportation to Devil's Island. The scene of breaking the sword at the ceremony intended to publicly humiliate Dreyfus at the beginning of the affair is the most famous historical scene in the Dreyfus Affair, the illustration appearing on the title page of the issue before us reappeared over the years on countless stages in the context of the affair. In fact, at this point Dreyfus began his uncompromising five-year campaign to clear his name, which in the end proved his innocence, a ceremony of honor was held to restore his military ranks, and he was released.

The newspaper Le Petit Journal was one of Alfred Dreyfus' harshest opponents and consistently expressed itself bluntly against him in the years it covered the affair from one-sided angles. On the first and last page of each issue colorful illustrations were printed, describing, among other things, the events of the Dreyfus Affair. The illustrations were made by various illustrators: the French illustrator and caricaturist Henri Meyer (1844-1899), Lionel Royer (1852-1926), Eugène Damblanc (1865-1945), and others.

Complete issue [6] pages. 44 cm. Very good condition.

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48. Issue of "La Petit" - Alfred Dreyfus's Humiliation Ceremony