Contents and Arrangement

Alina d'Eldir Biographical Materials, circa 1840s

1 folder

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

Includes a portrait of Alina d'Eldir; a handwritten, short biographical statement in Italian; and handwritten copies of correspondence from the early 1820s regarding Alina d'Eldir's background in India. Identified correspondents include the Governor in Council at Bombay, James Pattison at the East India House, Edouard Alletz, A. Passchiers-Bisson, and Charles Mercier d'Eldir. An unidentified correspondent writing in Persian could be Gulam Mushi-ud-din. Some letters are in English and Persian; English letters have translations into French and some parts of the Persian letters are romanized. There are notes in pencil on the portrait and in some of the margins. These copies are undated.


As materials were not received in original order, materials were arranged by creator and topic.

Collection History

Custodial History

This collection was initially formed by Mathieu-Guillaume-Thérèse Villenave. However, the collection includes materials that post-date Villenave's death, which indicates that it likely passed through several hands. One such item is Hans Fellner's (possibly Hans Fellner, the book dealer) book plate, which could serve as evidence of the collection's provenance.


No materials were removed from the collection during 2019 processing beyond routine appraisal practices.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Alice Griffin in July 2019. Finding aid written by Alice Griffin in July 2019.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. To cite or publish quotations that fall within Fair Use, as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission is required. For instances beyond Fair Use, it is the responsibility of the researcher to determine whether any permissions related to copyright, privacy, publicity, or any other rights are necessary for their intended use of the Library's materials, and to obtain all required permissions from any existing rights holders, if they have not already done so. Princeton University Library's Special Collections does not charge any permission or use fees for the publication of images of materials from our collections, nor does it require researchers to obtain its permission for said use. The department does request that its collections be properly cited and images credited. More detailed information can be found on the Copyright, Credit and Citations Guidelines page on our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us through the Ask Us! form.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

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Credit this material:

Alina d'Eldir Biographical Materials; Mathieu-Guillaume-Thérèse Villenave's Collection on Alina d'Eldir, C1624, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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d'Eldir, Alina. Méditations en prose , par une dame indienne. Paris: Imprimerie de Mme. V. Porthmann, 1828. Gence, Jean-Baptiste-Modeste. Sur l'Institution de l'ordre moral asiatique universel, fondée en 1832 sous le nom de la Noble porte de l'Élysée par la sultane indienne Alina d'Eldir. Paris: Imprimerie de L. Thomassin, 1839. Titres constatant la naissance dans l'Inde de la Sultane Alina d'Eldir. Paris: Imprimerie de J.-B. Gros, 1846. Villenave, Mathieu-Guillaume-Thérèse. "Méditations en prose, par une dame indienne (La Sultane d'Eldir)." Revue encyclopedique ou analyse raisonnée des productions les plus remarquables dans la littérature, les sciences et les arts, par une réunion de membres de l'institut et d'autres hommes de lettres 38 (1828): 676-682.

Alletz, Édouard 1798-1850
Deldir, Alina
Fortia d'Urban, Agricol Joseph François, marquis de, 1756-
Gence, Jean-Baptiste-Modeste, 1755-1840
Mercier, Charles