Literature


Blyton, Enid (1897-1968)

Signed card with photograph

English children's writer whose books have been among the world's best-sellers since the 1930s, selling more than 600 million copies. Signed note “Enid Blyton”. 1p., 4.0 x 2.0 inch, n.p., n.d., printed “An Autograph for ‘Veronica’ (in Blyton’s hand) With Love From”. Mounted on a yellow card to an overall of 5.75 x 4.0 inch. Fine.

 

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Busch, Wilhelm (1832-1908)

One of the finest Busch autographs you can find – a signed poem

German humorist, poet, illustrator and painter. Poem “Dank und Gruß” signed “Wilhelm Busch”. Written in secretary hand and signed by Wilhelm Busch. 1p., 6.5 x 8.25 inch, Mechtshausen, April 1907. 24 lines written by a secretary and signed by Busch. In German, in part: "Ich weiß nicht mehr genau, wie es gekommen. / Kurzum! Nach längerem Verborgensein / Hab ich dereinst auf Erden Platz genommen, / Um auch einmal am Licht mich zu erfreun ... Nun kommt die Nacht. Ich bin bereits am Ziele. / Ganz nahe hör ich schon die Lethe fließen. / Und sieh! Am Ufer stehen ihrer Viele, / Mich, der ich scheide, freundlich zu begrüßen. / Nicht allen kann ich sagen: Das thut gut! / Der Fährmann ruft. Ich schwenke nur den Hut." Mailing folds, else fine condition. Probably a template for the first publication of this beautiful poem. Beautiful autograph!

Price: $ 2,535 / € 1.950

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Camus, Albert (1913-1960)

Typed letter signed

French philosopher, author, and journalist. He won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1957. Typed letter signed „Albert Camus“. 1p., 5.25 x 8.25 inch. Paris, 1956 October 8., Librairie Gallimard letterhead. To Greta Rau in Zürich. In French, in full: „Je suis désolé que votre tentative n‘ait pas reçu meilleur accueil de Rowohlt et j‘espère seulement que vous trouverez prochainement une meilleure occasion. Je voulais simplement vous dire ma sympathie et ems sentiments respectueux,“ Accompanied by the original mailing envelope. Mailing fold, handling wear, else good condition.

 

 

Price: $ 1,140 / € 950

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Cocteau, Jean (1889-1963)

Autographed letter signed

French poet, novelist, dramatist, designer, playwright, artist and filmmaker. Autographed letter signed “Jean Cocteau”. 1p, 8.25 x 10.75 inch Milly-la-Foret, France (postmark), 1961 November 19. In French. Addressed to the Theatre Artists in Toronto Canada. Cocteau expresses his gratitude for them staging one of his plays and regrets for his inability to attend. The original mailing envelope addressed in Cocteau’s hand is included. Mailing folds, handling wear, else good condition.

 

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Dickens, Charles (1812-1870)

Fine autographed letter signed

English writer and social critic. He created some of the world's best-known fictional characters and is regarded as the greatest novelist of the Victorian era. Crisply penned autographed letter signed “Charles Dickens”. 1p., 4.5 x 7.0 inch, 1850 July 18. Written from Devonshire Terrace (London), a letter to his bankers, Coutts & Co. In full: “I beg to send you the power of attorney, duly executed and attested. The mislaid one to which you refer in your obliging letter, I destroyed.” Slightly discolored, two very small pieces of mounting tape on verso, else fine condition.

 

 

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Dickens, Charles (1812-1870)

Fine autographed letter signed “Order of two boxes of cigars”

English writer and social critic. He created some of the world's best-known fictional characters and is regarded as the greatest novelist of the Victorian era. Autographed letter signed “Charles Dickens” in the third person. 1p., 4.5 x 7.0 inch, 1867 October 10. The Stationery printed address is "Gad's Hill Place, Higham by Rochester, Kent". Letter to “Edward Fraser Esquire, 26 Craven Street, Strands”. In full: “Mr. Charles Dickens begs Mr. Carlin to send him down at once, by railway to Higham Station, two boxes of usual cigars.” Letter is affixed to another piece of paper and then handsomely matted in gray with a photograph of Dickens to an overall of 11.75 x 7.75 inch. Both items removable affixed with photo corners. Good condition.

Price: $ 1,755 / € 1.350

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Dickens, Charles (1812-1870)

Handwritten and signed envelope to his sister-in-law

English writer and social critic. He created some of the world's best-known fictional characters and is regarded as the greatest novelist of the Victorian era. Handwritten envelope signed “Charles Dickens”. 4.75 x 2.75 inch, London, 1865 December 21 (postmark). Fine red wax seal on verso, franked with the 1 penny red. Addressed in ink by Dickens to his sister-in-law Miss (Georgina) Hogarth in Rochester and signed on the bottom left. Handling wear, else fine condition. Hogarth was the maiden name of Dicken’s wife, and Gad’s Hill Place was his home. Georgina Hogarth took care of his home after Dicken’s separation from his wife in 1958, and even a long time before.

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Dickens, Charles (1812-1870)

Handwritten and signed envelope to his sister-in-law

English writer and social critic. He created some of the world's best-known fictional characters and is regarded as the greatest novelist of the Victorian era. Handwritten envelope signed “Charles Dickens”. 4.75 x 2.75 inch, London, 1867 July 2 (postmark). C.D. embossed printed on verso, franked with the 1 penny red. Addressed in ink by Dickens to his sister-in-law Miss (Georgina) Hogarth in Rochester and signed on the bottom left. Handling wear, else fine condition. Hogarth was the maiden name of Dicken’s wife, and Gad’s Hill Place was his home. Georgina Hogarth took care of his home after Dicken’s separation from his wife in 1958, and even a long time before.

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Dumas (père), Alexandre (1802-1870)

Autographed note signed “I leave and go to meet Hugo…”

French novelist of such historical classics as The Count of Monte Cristo, The Three Musketeers and The Man in the Iron Mask. Autographed note signed “Alex Dumas”. 1p., 8.25 x 5.25 inch. N.p. (Paris), n.d. (April 1857). Dumas writes to a friend, in French. Translated: “Dear friend, I leave and go to meet Hugo,… Sort things out so I can get the last 200 francs at the hotel”. Handling wear, else good condition. Excellent association. Hugo would write to Alexandre Dumas fils when his father passed away, reporting about their talks and mentioning that he met his father at Guernsey in 1857 for the last time.

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Eliot, Thomas S. (1888-1965)

Fine typed letter signed with interesting literary content

British essayist, publisher, playwright, literary and social critic and "one of the twentieth century's major poets", awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1948. Fine typed letter signed „T.S. Eliot“. 1p., 7.25 x 9.5 inch, Faber and Faber Limited, Russell Square, London stationery, 1951, April 4. Addressed to Maurice Carpenter in Somerset. In full: „I am sorry fort he delay in reporting on the collection of poems you sent with your letter of February 3rd. I was well impressed by your poems, and sent them for further reading. Since then, I have had to be away from business for reasons of health, and find that while your poems have certainly impressed the readers, they are, on the whole, averse to taking these on for the reason that we now have to confine our poetry list within limits, owing to the very high cost and the small demand. I feel sure that your poems merit publication, and I think that the present selection will have much better chances than The Tall Interpreter. The volume is decidedly on the short side, and I suggest that in writing to any publisher, you should mention that you are prepared to add further poems to this self-contained series“. Mailing folds, some light overall creasing and a few minor tears to the edges, else good condition. A letter of interesting literary content.

Price: $ 860 / € 690

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Eucken, Rudolf (1846-1926) – autographed letter signed

German philosopher. He received the 1908 Nobel Prize for Literature. Autographed letter signed “R. Eucken”. 1p., 4.25 x 7.0 inch. Jena, 1910 January 5. Addressed to the journalist Dr. Josef Adolf Bondy (1876-1946) in Berlin regarding an article. Mailing fold, else fine condition.

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Eucken, Rudolf (1846-1926) – autographed postcard signed

German philosopher. He received the 1908 Nobel Prize for Literature. Autographed postcard signed “Rud. Eucken”. 1p., 5.5 x 3.5 inch. Jena, 1910 February 6. Addressed to the journalist Dr. Josef Adolf Bondy (1876-1946) in Berlin regarding his article "Finlands Not" (Finlands misery). In German in part: "Von Englischer Seite wird mir der dringende Wunsch ausgesprochen, mein Artikel 'Finlands Not' müßte ins Englische übersetzt werden und in einer weitverbreiteten Englischen Tageszeitung erscheinen..." Punch holes, slightly stained, else good condition.

 

 

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Fontane, Theodor  (1819-1898)

Autographed letter signed regarding a distich

German novelist and poet, regarded by many as the most important 19th-century German-language realist writer. Autographed letter signed “Th. Fontane”. 1p, 5.5 x 8.5 inch, Berlin, 1895 December 31. In German: „Hochgeehrter Herr. Bitte, nehmen Sie das Distichon, das Sie mit hoffentlich nicht zu viel Mühe heraus gesucht. Ihnen ein gutes Neujahr wünschend, in vorzügl.(icher) Erwartung.“ Punch holes, mailing folds, slightly discolored, else good condition.

 

 

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France, Anatole (1844-1924)

Personal autographed letter signed by the Nobel Prize winner

French Poet & Novelist, Nobel Prize winner for Literature 1921. Autographed letter signed “Anatole France”. 2p., 9.75 x 7.25 inch, St.Cyr-Sur-Loire, n.d. (probably June 1917), on his printed stationery and addressed to a friend in French. France writes: “If new health tests on your young patient are good, if any hope, write to me promptly. I am here ready to share your sorrow. Emma, better than me, is still very afflicted. Send us reasons for hope. There are reasons, am sure.” A close and personal letter. With a vintage unsigned postcard photograph carefully affixed beneath his signature. The two pages have been neatly pasted one alongside the other. Fine!

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Hauptmann, Gerhart (1862-1946)

Typed letter signed by the Nobel prize winner

German dramatist and novelist. He is counted among the most important promoters of literary naturalism, though he integrated other styles into his work as well. He received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1912. Typed letter signed “Mit hochachtungsvollem Gruss Gerhart Hauptmann”. 1p., 8.5 x 10.75 inch, Sestri Levante, 1931 January 21. To an unnamed recipient regarding an invitation. In German, in full: "Es tut mir unendlich leid, dem sechzigsten Concordia-Ball nicht beiwohnen zu können, da ich mir die Reise von hier in den nördlichen Winter leider nicht zumuten kann und außerdem bald nach Sizilien zu gehen vorhabe. Bleibt mir also nichts übrig, als Ihnen vielmals für die freundliche Einladung zu danken!" Mailing folds, else fine.

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Hesse, Hermann (1877-1962)

Signed story „Begegnungen mit Vergangenem“

German-Swiss poet, novelist, and painter. His best-known works include Steppenwolf, Siddhartha, and The Glass Bead Game, each of which explores an individual's search for authenticity, self-knowledge and spirituality. In 1946, he received the Nobel Prize in Literature. Signed story in German “Begegnungen mit Vergangenem”, one page – front and verso, 8.25 x 11.5 inch. Signed on the front by Hesse in ink “Danke u. Gruss für Dr. Ursula Schwerin!“ Mailing folds, else fine condition.

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Hesse, Hermann (1877-1962)

Signed story „Der Schlossergeselle“

German-Swiss poet, novelist, and painter. His best-known works include Steppenwolf, Siddhartha, and The Glass Bead Game, each of which explores an individual's search for authenticity, self-knowledge and spirituality. In 1946, he received the Nobel Prize in Literature. Signed story in German “Der Schlossergeselle”, four pages on two adjoining sheets, 5.75 x 8.25 inch. Signed on front “mit Grüssen! HHesse”. Mailing fold, else fine condition.

 

 

 

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Heyse, Paul (1830-1914)

Signed photograph

German writer and translator. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1910. Vintage signed postcard photograph “Paul Heyse”. 3.5 x 5.25 inch, n.p., n.d. Semi-profile head and shoulders pose wearing a hat. Signed in dark fountain pen ink with his name alone to a light area at the base of the image. Fine condition.

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Hoffmann von Fallersleben, August Heinrich (1798-1874)

Content autographed letter signed “…able to occupy the place among German poets that I deserve…”

A German poet. He is best known for writing "Das Lied der Deutschen", its third stanza now being the national anthem of Germany. Autographed letter signed “Dr. Hoffmann”. 4pp., two adjoining sheets, 4.75 x 7.75 inch. Breslau, 1833 August 3. Letter sent to his publisher F. A. Brockhaus about the publication of his Collected Poems. In part (translated): “I now have renewed courage for my poetry and my life, and with your help I will soon be able to occupy the place among German poets that I deserve as befits my poetry. The present collection can be considered complete, even though it is rigorously selected from already printed and handwritten collections. I have deliberately excluded poems that seemed to me insignificant or deficient in form. Two thirds are therefore tantamount to being new. You will see from the ms. itself that this Complete Collection has become something entirely new.” Mailing fold, else fine condition. Letter of excellent content.

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Hugo, Victor (1802-1885)

Autographed letter signed

French poet, novelist, and dramatist of the Romantic movement. He is considered one of the greatest and best-known French writers. Outside France, his best-known works are the novels Les Misérables, 1862 and Notre-Dame de Paris, 1831 (known in English as The Hunchback of Notre-Dame). Autographed letter signed “Victor Hugo”. 2pp. (double sheet), written on first page and second page inside, Paris, n.d. Addressed on verso in Hugo’s hand to Madame de Salvandy, the wife of the politician and writer Narcisse Achille Comte de S., who had invited him. In French, in full: “Votre gracieux billet, Madame, me donne mille regrets. je ne suis pas libre lundi je pense ne pouvoir lire mon discours à Monsieur de Salvandy que du 19 au 20. S’il avait besoin que je lui en disse le plan dès à présent, je me mets à sa disposition. Je suis fort triste, Madame, de m’appartenir si peu en ce moment, car les heures qu’on passe rue de cassette sont pour moi des plus charmantes.” Mailing folds, handling wear, else good condition.

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Hugo, Victor (1802-1885)

Autographed letter signed regarding his drama “Hernani”

French poet, novelist, and dramatist of the Romantic movement. He is considered one of the greatest and best-known French writers. Outside France, his best-known works are the novels Les Misérables, 1862 and Notre-Dame de Paris, 1831 (known in English as The Hunchback of Notre-Dame). Autographed letter signed “Victor Hugo”. 1p., 5.25 x 7.75 inch, Brussels, 1867 September 20. To Auguste Vacquerie (1819–1895) writer and director of the play Hernani and a close friend to Hugo. In French, in full: "Mon cher confrère et mon excellent directeur, je vous demande deux stalles pour Hernani et je vous les demandes les meilleures possible. Traitez, je vous prie M. Morisseaux comme moi-même. Votre viel ami.” Mounted on a same size sheet of paper, mailing fold, else good condition. Hernani (Full title: Hernani, ou l'Honneur Castillan) is a drama by Victor Hugo and one of his most important works.

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Kästner, Erich (1899-1974)

Typed letter signed “your own fault”

German author, poet, screenwriter and satirist, known primarily for his humorous, socially astute poetry and children's literature. For the latter contributions he received the biennial, international Hans Christian Andersen Award in 1960. Typed letter signed in pencil “Erich Kästner”. 1p., 5.75 x 8.25 inch, Munich, 1955 October 8. Addressed to the composer and pianist Gerhard F. Wehle (1884-1973) in Berlin. In German (untranslated): “... Leider sind alle die von Ihnen angeführten Arbeiten musikalisch bereits in festen Händen, und ich sehe keine Möglichkeit, Ihnen die Veröffentlichung und Aufführung dieser Texte zu erlauben. Daß Ihnen diese Absage schmerzlich sein wird, kann ich verstehen. Andererseits trifft an diesem Bescheide Sie selber die Schuld; denn es ist begreiflicherweise heutzutage mehr denn je notwendig, sich der erforderlichen Genehmigung zu versichern, ehe man sich die Mühe und Arbeit macht." Mailing fold, punch and staple holes, else fine condition.

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Kästner, Erich (1899-1974)

Album page signed

German author, poet, screenwriter and satirist, known primarily for his humorous, socially astute poetry and children's literature. For the latter contributions he received the biennial, international Hans Christian Andersen Award in 1960. Album page signed “Erich Kästner”. 3.75 x 5.25 inch, signed in blue ballpoint. Small newspaper-photo clued above signature. Handling wear, else good condition.

 

 

 

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Kipling, Rudyard (1865-1936)

Autographed letter signed “… I have no stories in hand…”

English journalist, short-story writer, poet and novelist. Most famous for “The Jungle Book“. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature (1907), making him the first English-language writer to receive the prize. Autographed letter signed “Rudyard Kipling”. 1p., 4.5 x 7.0 inch, 1895 December 2, blindstamped letterhead of Naulakha, Brattleboro, Vermont, crossed through and replaced with “Waite Windham Co.” in Kipling’s hand. To “Gentleman” of “The Combined Press”. Apparently in response to a solicitation for literary submissions. In full: “In reply to your favour of the 30th I can only say that I should be most happy to do work in any directorate which included Mr J.K. Bangs but as matters stand at present I have no stories in hand and I never pledge myself in advance - least of all for “best work” as my endeavour is to keep as first-class a line of goods as I can.” Left edge rough, minor toning and wear, else fine condition.

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Lagerlöf, Selma (1858-1940)

Signed photograph

Swedish author. She was the first female writer to win the Nobel Prize in Literature and is best remembered for her children's book “The Wonderful Adventures of Nils Holgersson”. Signed photograph “Selma Lagerlöf”. Card, 5.5 x 3.5 inch, n.p., n.d. Mint condition.

 

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Lessing, Theodor (1872-1933)

Autographed postcard double signed „This time is like a madhouse”

German Jewish philosopher, assassinated by Sudeten German Nazi sympathizers Autographed postcard signed „Th. Lg.“ and „Prof. Lessing“. Postcard, 4.0 x 5.75 inch, Marienbad (Czechoslovakia), 1933 May 18 (postmark). Addressed by Lessing to „Graf Adolf Dubsky, Schloss Ziadlowitz, Loschitz, Mähren“. In German, in full: „Werter Herr Graf, - Dank für die Nachricht. Das helle weisse Schloss lockt. Ich werde nicht verfehlen am Ende Juni es aufzusuchen. Den Brünner Vortrag über die Juden kann ich leider nicht senden, da ich ihn nicht aufgeschrieben habe. Interessant ist diese Zeit … ja, aber so wie ein Narrenhaus. Gute Fahrt und Dank“. Translated: „Dear Count, - Thanks for the news. The bright white castle lures. I will not miss to visit it at the end of June. Unfortunately, I can not send the Brünner lecture on the Jews, because I have not written it down. Interesting is this time ... yes, but like a madhouse. Good trip and thanks ". At that time, Lessing could not have foreseen that only a few weeks later he would fall prey to some fanatics of the "Narrenhaus (madhouse)". The prospective Lessing had fled to Czechoslovakia on March 1, and settled down in Mariánské Lázně, where he was by no means safe: he was shot by national socialist fanatics on August 30, 1933. A fine handwritten postcard with excellent content.

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Lewis, Sinclair (1885-1951)

Fine content typed letter signed

American novelist, short-story writer, and playwright. In 1930, he became the first writer from the United States to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature.Typed letter signed “Sinclair Lewis”. 1p., 5.5 x 9.0 inch, Hotel Eden Pallanza (Italy) stationery. 1921, October 24 (Received 14 ’21 written in pencil) at the top. To “My dear Prins”. In full: “We have scattered, haven’t we? since that night of magic in New York. Your letter came from Seattle, Van Loon is teaching at Antioch College, Yellow Springs, Ohio, and I am spending the winter in Italy. Thanks so much for the more than nice things you wrote about ‘Main Street.’ I hope you like the next book as well – I am working on it now. Thought it is divinely possible to drink to your health and success in chianti, I am glad to do it with a cup of the wonderful Zeda chocolate which is made in this neighborhood.” Mailing folds, handling wear, else good condition. Main Street is generally considered to be Lewis's most significant and enduring work.

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Mann, Thomas (1875-1955)

Typed letter signed

German novelist, short story writer, social critic, philanthropist, essayist and the 1929 Nobel Prize in Literature laureate. Typed letter signed “Thomas Mann”. 1p., 8.75 x 11.5, Munich, 1927 October 11. On his personal Thomas Mann stationery. Addressed to the teacher of Romance languages Karl Vossler. Mann thanks the recipient for an essay on a Romance Novel. In German in full: “Lieber und verehrter Herr Geheimrat: Sie haben mich sehr erfreut und zu grossem Dank verpflichtet durch die gütige Übersendung Ihres schönes Aufsatzes über den romanischen Roman, dieser so profunden wie unterhaltenden Arbeit. Für die Erwähnung meines Namens in einem Zusammenhang, der wahrhaftig ehrenvoll genug ist, muss ich Ihnen noch besonders erkenntlich sein.“ Mailing folds, else fine condition.

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May, Karl (1842-1912)

Beautiful and rare autographed poem signed

A popular German writer, noted mainly for adventure novels set in the American Old West. Best known for the characters of Winnetou and Old Shatterhand. Autographed poem signed “Karl May”. 1p., 6.75 x 3.75 inch. Radebeul-Dresden, 1910 May 2. In German (untranslated) in full: "Laß auch die Seelen, nicht nur die Gestalten, / Aus meiner Welt an Dir vorübergleiten, / So wird vor Dir die Bühne sich entfalten, / Auf der die Menschen zur Vollendung schreiten." Mounted on thin cardboard, upper right corner missing, else good condition. Poems written and signed by by May are rare.

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Mitchell, Margaret (1900-1949)

Fine typed letter signed

American author and journalist. One novel by Mitchell was published during her lifetime, the American Civil War-era novel, Gone with the Wind. Typed letter signed “Margaret M. March”. 1p., 7.0 x 11.0 inch, Atlanta, Georgia 1939 March 1, personal stationery, signed in dark black ink. Addressed to Mrs. Mills. In full: “I am returning the clippings which I enjoyed so much. Thank you for letting me see them.” Mailing folds, slightly discolored and handling wear, else good condition.

 

 

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Mitchell, Margaret (1900-1949)

Handwritten return address

American author and journalist. One novel by Mitchell was published during her lifetime, the American Civil War-era novel, Gone with the Wind. Handwritten return address, part of an envelope “Mrs. John March 1268 Piedmont Ave. N.E. Atlanta Ga.” 4.25 x 2.0 inch, written by Mitchell in dark black ink. Margaret Mitchell Marsh moved to the Della Manta Apartments at Piedmont Ave. in 1939, shortly before the movie debut of "Gone With the Wind" and lived there until her death Aug. 16, 1949. Handsomely matted in gray with a photograph of M. Mitchell to an overall of 7.75 x 11.75 inch. Both items removable affixed with photo corners. Fine condition.

 

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Rilke, Rainer Maria (1875-1926)

Excellent autographed letter signed

Bohemian-Austrian poet and novelist, widely recognized as one of the most lyrically intense German-language poets, writing in both verse and highly lyrical prose. Autographed letter signed “R. M. Rilke”. 1p. (recto and verso), 6.25 x 8.25 inch, March 16, 1922. Letter to Mr. Jaffe, written from his home at Chateau de Muzot, Switzerland. In full (translated): "The notation made by the sender of the requested books that arrived in good condition in two shipments, is an indication for me that you had taken special care sending these packages. Let me take this opportunity to express my personal gratitude for your courtesy. I am returning your greetings most heartily. Please remember me to your father, to whom I am also sending my regards and best wishes.” In good condition. The recipient of this letter was presumably the son of Munich bookseller Heinrich Jaffe, whose shop was a favorite of many writers including Rilke and Thomas Mann. At this time Rilke was recovering from a long period of depression during which he did not write. In 1921 the noted patron of the arts Werner Reinhart invited Rilke to live at the Chateau de Muzot, where he found renewed inspiration and could dedicate himself to writing again. In a storm of creative energy in February, he completed the Duino Elegies and wrote the entirety of the Sonnets to Orpheus. Written during this incredibly productive period, this is a superb Rilke letter.

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Sand, George (1804-1876)

Autographed letter signed

Amantine-Lucile-Aurore Dupin, best known by her pseudonym George Sand, a French novelist and memoirist. She is equally well known for her much publicized romantic affairs with a number of artists including composer Frédéric Chopin. Fine autographed letter signed “George Sand”. 1p., double-sheet, 5.25 x 8.25 inch, n.p., 1857 April 24. In French, in full: "Mon cher Camus, je vous prie de m'apporter mes deux cents francs, dont j'ai absolument besoin avant de partir pour Paris. Tout à vous.” Translated: "My dear Camus, please bring me my two hundred francs, which I absolutely need before heading to Paris.” Mailing folds, minor stains, fold breaks partially repaired on verso, else good condition.

 

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Sartre, Jean-Paul (1905-1980)

Typed letter signed with holograph postscript

French philosopher, playwright, novelist, political activist, biographer and literary critic. Typed letter signed. 1p., 5.25 x 8.25 inch. Paris, 1968 November 16. Addressed to a Mme M. Bourdouxhe in Brussels. An untranslated letter in French: "Croyez que c'est avec plaisir que j'aurais participer à la série de manifestations que vous allee organiser. Mais je crains que cela ne me soit impossible: mon travail actuel ne me laisse que fort peu de répit et j’ai déjà pris par ailleurs beaucoup d’engagements pour les mois à venir. Soyez sure que je le regrette”. In a holograph postscript Sartre added: “Veuillez croire, chère madame, à toute ma sympathie”. Accompanied by the original mailing envelope. Mailing fold, handling wear, else fine condition.

 

Price: $ 1,150 / € 890

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Schnitzler, Arthur (1862-1931)

Signed postcard

Austrian author and dramatist. Signed postcard “Arthur Schnitzler München 10.12.(1)910”. Postcard, 3.5 x 5.5 inch, Munich, 1910 December 10. Signed and dated by Schnitzler in pencil, photo shows the “Maximilianeum” in Munich. Stain upper right corner, else good condition.

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Shaw, George Bernard (1856-1950)

Excellent signature matted with photograph

Irish playwright. He is the only person to have been awarded both a Nobel Prize in Literature (1925) and an Academy Award (1938). Signature “G. Bernard Shaw”. 2.25 x 1.0 inch piece of paper, n.p., n.d., dark black ink. Matted in off-white with a black and white paper-photograph to an overall of 5.75 x 8.5 inch. Mount with some surface bends, else good condition.

 

 

 

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Strindberg, August (1849-1912)

Autographed postcard signed concerning his Babylonian researches

Swedish playwright, novelist, poet, essayist and painter. Autographed postcard signed “AugStrin”. Recto and verso of a postcard. 3.5 x 5.5 inch. Stockholm, 1908 March 6 (postmark). To his translator, the writer Emil Schering in Berlin, concerning his Babylonian researches. In full: “Algyogi-Hirsch: Angebliche Vorkommen d. Jehova Giessen 1903. 1,20. Största Hammurabi-betens / Allra mindre eger jag! / Detta väntas före Suppl. 2.” Strindberg commented in "En ny blå bok" (published in May/ June 1908) the so-called "Babel-Bibel-Streit" by Friedrich Delitzsch or his thesis that the Jewish religion and the Old Testament were based on Babylonian roots. One chapter is devoted to the Babylonian King Hammurapi. He mentions the essay of Algyogi-Hirsch in the chapter "Jehovah-Cylindern avslöjad". In "August Strindberg's Brev" and "Letters to Emil Schering" not printed. Handling wear, else good condition.

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Suttner, Bertha von (1843-1914)

Autographed letter signed by the first woman awarded the Nobel Peace Prize

Czech-Austrian pacifist and novelist. In 1905 she was the first woman to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Autographed letter signed “Bertha v. Suttner”. 1p., (double-page), 5.25 x 7.0 inch. (Castle) Harmannsdorf, 1902 March 7. Embossed blue crown at the top edge. To the editor of a newspaper regarding an article. In German, in full: “Verehrte Redaction Ich danke für die mich ehrende Aufforderung einen Beitrag … Ihres gesch. Blattes zu schreiben, aber ich habe gerade so dringende Verpflichtungen noch im März zu absolvieren, dass ich gar keine neue eingehen kann.” Mailing fold, else fine condition.

 

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Voltaire, François-Marie Arouet (1694-1778)

Letter signed

François-Marie Arouet known by his nom de plume Voltaire, a French Enlightenment writer, historian, and philosopher famous for his wit, his attacks on the established Catholic Church and Christianity as a whole, and his advocacy of freedom of religion, freedom of speech, and separation of church and state. Letter signed “Voltaire”. 2 ½ p. (bifolium), 6.25 x 7.75 inch, Chateau de Ferney, 1767 October 18. Written in French. Voltaire is advising the recipient that his name had been used as a signatory without his knowledge. Voltaire had unknowingly become party to a dispute involving repair of a trail, which had come to a standstill. Slightly toned, with bold integral page containing Voltaire's signature, small bits of paper loss at the bottom not affecting any text. Docketed on verso, with bits of mounting remnants along the integral fold. Else good with excellent signature.

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Zweig, Stefan (1881-1942)

Autographed letter signed „Feuilleton from America”

Austrian novelist, playwright, journalist and biographer. Autographed letter signed “Dr. Stefan Zweig”. 1p. (double-page), 4.25 x 6.5 inch, N.p. (Philadelphia), 1910 March 14. Embossed „The Bellevue-Stratford“ letterhead. To (Carl Weichardt), editor of the Newspaper „Frankfurter Zeitung“. In German, in full: „Sehr geehrter Herr Redakteur, ich sende Ihnen heute (wie angekündigt) ein Feuilleton aus Amerika für die Frank(furter) Z(eitun)g. Sollten Sie es aus irgend einem Grunde nicht bringen können, so senden Sie es bitte an meine Wiener Adresse.“ Translated: „I am sending you (as announced) a feuilleton from America for the „Frank(furter) Z(eitun)g. If you can not publish it for any reason, please send it to my address in Vienna. Slightly discolored, else fine condition.

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Zweig, Stefan (1881-1942)

Typed letter signed “… difficult at this time of depression”

Austrian novelist, playwright, journalist and biographer. Typed letter signed “Stefan Zweig”. 1p., 8.25 x 11.5 inch, Salzburg, 1931 October 29. To an unnamed recipient regarding a manuscript he has not yet seen: "… it is immeasurably difficult today to convince a publisher of a book at this time of depression…“ In German, in full: „Ich schreibe Ihnen umgehend und so aufrichtig als möglich. Ihr Brief hat mich sehr berührt und ich hätte den aufrichtigen Wunsch Ihnen zu helfen, nur muss ich Ihnen, ohne das Manuskript gesehen zu haben, von vornherein sagen, dass Sie jedenfalls nicht rasch und bald bei einem ersten Buch auf ein Erträgnis rechnen dürfen, weil es heute unermesslich schwer ist in dieser Zeit der Depression einen Verleger für ein Buch zu überzeugen. Sehr gerne würde ich Ihnen zur Seite stehen und Sie bitten, mir den Roman im Manuskript gleich zu übersenden, aber ich darf es nicht tun ohne Sie gewarnt zu haben. Ich muss nämlich Mitte November auf längere Zeit ins Ausland und es würde lange, sogar furchtbar lange dauern bis ich Ihnen Antwort geben könnte; so wäre es mir lieber, wenn Sie zunächst es bei einer andern Stelle, bei irgend einem Verlag direkt einen Versuch machen machten, um die Zeit nicht zu verlieren, denn auf die Reise kann ich mir ihr Manuskript nicht mitnehmen und es wäre doch sinnlos, wenn es inzwischen ungelesen bei mir, statt bei einem Verleger liegen möchte. Gibt er es dann zurück, ist ja noch immer Zeit, dass ich eingreife, um die Weihnachtszeit werde ich wohl wieder in Salzburg sein.“ Mailing folds, left margin probably slightly trimmed, else good condition.

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