Literature


Adamov, Arthur (1908-1970)

Program signed

Arthur Adamov was a playwright, one of the foremost exponents of the Theatre of the Absurd. Signed and inscribed program page “Spectacle Strindberg”. Signed and inscribed “Arthur Adamov”. 1p., 5.25 x 7.0 inch, n.p., n.d. Additional signed and inscribed by “Michel Arnaud” and signed “Michel Etcheverry”. Handling wear, else fine condition.

 

 

 

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Barrie, James M. (1860-1937)

Autograph letter signed with Peter Pan reference

Scottish novelist and playwright, best remembered today as the creator of Peter Pan. Autograph letter signed. 1p., card, 4.5 x 3.5 inch, Lancaster Gate, 13 Dec., no year. To a Mrs. Pogson. In full: "Dear Mrs Pogson, There will be nothing doing on Friday evening on Peter Pan except odds & ends with a Manchester company. Our dress rehearsals will be on Saty from 6pm onwards (probably late in beginning) so come there instead if possible, I shall be there. Will tell Chris in front of house that you are to come in.” In fine condition. Autographs with reference to his famous work “Peter Pan” are exceedingly rare.

 

 

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Björnson, Björnstjerne (1832-1910)

Autograph letter signed (Nobel Prize Literature)

Norwegian writer who received the 1903 Nobel Prize in Literature. Autograph letter signed “Björnstjerne Björnson”. 1p, 7.0 x 8.5 inch. Munich, 1896 February 19. To the publisher of the "Future", O. Häring, in Berlin regarding a fee for his translator. In German, in full: “Sehr geehrter Herr, - wir leben in die Zeit der Kompromisse. Machen wir es so: Sie zahlen meinem Übersetzer, Freiherr v. Enzberg, Schumannstrasse 3, 10 - zehn - mark, und sprechen wir von dem anderen nicht oder verschenken wir es den Konfektionsarbeitern. Achtungsvoll und mit freundlichen Grüße an den norwegisch verstehenden deutschen Verleger.“ Mailing folds, handling wear, else fine condition.

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Björnson, Björnstjerne (1832-1910)

Autograph postcard signed (Nobel Prize Literature)

Norwegian writer who received the 1903 Nobel Prize in Literature. Autograph postcard signed “Björnson”. 1p, postcard, 5.5 x 3.5 inch, n.p., n.d. To the publisher of the "Future", O. Häring, in Berlin regarding a fee. In German: “Haben Sie die Güte Freiherr von Enzberg (Friedenau) aus meinem Honorar zu zahlen. Nicht wenig!“ Handling wear, else good condition.

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Björnson, Björnstjerne (1832-1910)

Autograph letter signed (Nobel Prize Literature)

Norwegian writer who received the 1903 Nobel Prize in Literature. Autograph letter signed “Björnstjerne Björnson”. 1p, 8.75 x 5.5 inch (unfolded), n.p., n.d. To the publisher of the "Future", O. Häring, in Berlin regarding a fee. In German: “Sie brauchen mir es auch nicht zu schicken. Ich habe so große Freude daran in „die Zukunft“ zu sagen, was ich da gesagt habe, dass ich diese Freude nicht verdorben haben will durch ein Honorar auf 10 – zehn – mark. Die anderen zehn nimmt nämlich mein übersetzer“. Slightly stained, two minor holes repaired with paper on verso, else good condition.

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Blyton, Enid (1897-1968)

German first edition signed

English children's writer whose books have been among the world's best-sellers since the 1930s, selling more than 600 million copies. Signed book “Love from Enid Blyton”. Hardcover book “Die Farrellkinder” (Original title: House at the corner), 5.0 x 7.5 inch, n.p., n.d. German First edition, Verlag Die Boje, Stuttgart, 1954. Signed in blue ballpoint pen. Handling wear, pages slightly discolored, two numbers in felt tip pen written on the first page, else good condition. Books signed by Blyton are rather uncommon.

 

 

 

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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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Böll, Heinrich (1917-1985)

Fine content autograph letter signed

One of Germany's foremost post-World War II. writers. Böll was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1972. Autograph letter signed „Heinrich Böll“. 1p., 5.75 x 8.25 inch, on his personal stationery. Köln, 1957 September 24. To the writer and publicist Gert Kalow (1921-1991). In parts, in full: „Ihr Brief war für mich eine große Freude, betrachte ich Sie doch ein wenig als einen kontrollierenden Bruder, nicht immer im Sinne der Kompetenz, sondern eher der Zeugenschaft...“ Translated: „Your letter was a great joy to me, I consider you a bit as a controlling brother, not always in terms of competence, but rather the testimony.” Mailing fold, else fine condition.

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Buck, Pearl S. (1892-1973)

Signature mounted with photograph

Pearl Sydenstricker Buck was an American writer and novelist. In 1938 she was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature "for her rich and truly epic descriptions of peasant life in China and for her biographical masterpieces”. Signature “with greetings and good wishes, Pearl S. Buck”. Card, 4.25 x 5.75 inch, n.p., n.d., written and signed in dark blue ink. Newspaper photograph mounted. “B” slightly blurred, else fine condition.

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Busch, Wilhelm (1832-1908)

Autograph poem signed

German humorist, poet, illustrator and painter. Autograph poem signed “W.B.”. 3 pages, 4.5 x 7.0 inch, (Mechtshausen), (1902), June 14. Five lines in pencil from Busch at the end of a letter from an admirer. In German, in full: “Wie er vor- und zubenannt, Schreibt, wie folgt, mit eigner Hand W.B. 14. Juni”. The Busch admirer Walter Pissin, Berlin had asked the famous artist for an autograph in his three-page autograph letter. It is known that Busch did not answer every request for an autograph and Walter Pissin was lucky that he could get Busch to write this little poem. This autograph comes from Busch's personal correspondence filing and shows the effort he made with inquiries of this kind. Mailing fold, else fine condition.

 

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Busch, Wilhelm (1832-1908)

Autograph note signed “Photo session”

German humorist, poet, illustrator and painter. Autograph note signed “W.B.”. 3 pages, bifolium, 6.0 x 7.5 inch, (Mechtshausen), 1907 March 9. Busch’s note at the end of a letter from the photographer Filip Kester in Berlin. Handwritten by Busch in pencil: “den 12ten oder 19ten März bestimmt. W.B. 9ter März“. Interesting document regarding a photo session. In his letter of March 6, 1907, the Berlin journalist and photographer Filip Kester (1873-1958) asked Wilhelm Busch if he could photograph him. He introduces himself as a photographer who has become so well known that the pictures he has taken have been published in various magazines ... Kester further promises to take the pictures in such a way that he does not disturb Busch ... At the end of the letter Wilhelm Busch noted the possible dates and the date of his answer. This autograph comes from Busch's personal correspondence filing. Provenance: Otto Nöldecke, Nephew of Wilhelm Busch. Mailing fold else fine condition.

Price: $ 1,090 / € 850

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Busch, Wilhelm (1832-1908)

Autograph note signed “Rejection Honorary presidency”

German humorist, poet, illustrator and painter. Autograph note signed “W.B.”. 1p., 8.5 x 11.25 inch, (Mechtshausen), 1907 September 24. Busch’s note at the end of a letter from the editor of “Die Lustige Woche” (a weekly paper for humour and art). Handwritten by Busch in dark black ink: “Am 24sten Sept. entschieden abgelehnt. W.B”. The important words in the letter underlined in red by Busch. On August 3, 1907, Busch had sent a poem for publication in the weekly paper "Die lustige Woche", emphasizing that he would "not commit to any further contributions". The publisher Eduard Rose nevertheless believed that he could include Busch in his editorial team or advertise with his famous name. In this letter he asks Busch to include him as “honorary president of our editorial team and to be allowed to put him on paper" and offers to transfer 200 Mark a month in return. Busch resolutely rejects this offer. The letter is signed by Dr. Eduard Rose and Dr. Leo Wulff. A fine and personal view on Busch and his work. This autograph comes from Busch's personal correspondence filing. Mailing fold, handling wear, else fine condition.

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Cocteau, Jean (1889-1963)

Autograph letter signed

French poet, playwright, novelist, designer, filmmaker, visual artist and critic. Autograph letter signed “Jean Cocteau”. 1p., 5.25 x 8.25 inch, 1962 June 11. A fine handwritten letter from Jean Cocteau's correspondence with composer Yves Claoué (1927-2001) as part of the creation of their oratorio Patmos which will be presented at the Château de Versailles in May 1962. In French, in parts: “… mais il est possible que je change quelques passages, entre guillemets - sans que cela ne change rien à ton œuvre…”. Cocteau asks Claoué to bring him the typed text of the oratorio so that he can make it publishable, specifying that he will keep his order: "… but it is possible that I change a few passages, between quotes - without that changing nothing in your work…”. Mailing fold, handling wear, else good condition.

 

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Dickens, Charles (1812-1870)

Fine autograph 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. Autograph 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.

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Dickens, Charles (1812-1870)

Autograph 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. Autograph letter signed in the third person “Mr. Charles Dickens presents…”. 1p., 5.0 x 8.0 inch, n.p. (London), 1854 March 22. On his Charles Dickens personal stationary “Office of Household Words”. The letter is declining a work that was submitted to Dickens, which he did not feel was good enough to be published in Household Words. In full: “Mr. Charles Dickens presents his compliments to Miss S. Raims (?) and regret to find that the paper she was good enough to forward is not suitable for inclusion in ‘Household words’. The manuscript lies with the publisher, as above, awaiting Miss Raims pleasure.” Mounted on cardboard, mailing folds, else good condition.

 

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Doyle, Arthur Conan  (1859-1930)

Autograph letter signed regarding Tennis

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was a Scottish writer and physician, most noted for his fictional stories about the detective Sherlock Holmes, which are generally considered milestones in the field of crime fiction. Autograph letter signed “A. Conan Doyle”. 1p, 4.5 x 7.0 inch, Undershaw, n.d., embossed letterhead. To Mrs. Whitaker refusing an invitation. In full: “I fear the rain & wind will make tennis impossible and I have some work which should be done - but many thanks none the less for your most kind invitation.” Mounting residue on verso, else good condition.

 

 

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Dumas (père), Alexandre (1802-1870)

Autograph 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. Autograph 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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Dumas (père), Alexandre (1802-1870)

Autograph letter signed

French novelist of such historical classics as The Count of Monte Cristo, The Three Musketeers and The Man in the Iron Mask. Autograph letter signed “Alex Dumas”. 2 pages, bifolium, 4.25 x 6.75 inch, n.p., n.d. A fine untranslated letter in French. Mailing folds, else fine condition.

 

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Dumas (père), Alexandre (1802-1870)

Autograph note signed

French novelist of such historical classics as The Count of Monte Cristo, The Three Musketeers and The Man in the Iron Mask. Autograph note signed “Alex Dumas”. 1p., 9.0 x 3.75 inch, n.p., n.d. A fine  note in French written and signed in dark black ink. Handling wear, else good condition.

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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.

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French Literature / Paul Claudel & Marcel Achard

Portraits signed

Paul Claudel (1868-1955) was a French poet, dramatist and diplomat and the younger brother of the sculptress Camille Claudel. Fine magazine page signed “a Madame Val Claudel”. 1p., 8.0 x 10.5 inch, n.p., n.d. Signed in dark black ink. Marcel Achard (1899-1974) was a French playwright and screenwriter whose popular sentimental comedies maintained his position as a highly recognizable name in his country's theatrical and literary circles for five decades. Fine magazine page signed “très cordialment Marcel Achard”. 1p., 8.0 x 10.5 inch, n.p., n.d. Signed in dark blue ink. Both magazine pages in fine condition.

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Gide, André (1869-1951)

Typed letter signed by the winner of the Nobel Prize

French author and winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1947. Typed letter signed “Andre Gidé”. 2pp. (bifolium), 4.5 x 7.0 inch, Cuverville, n.d. (1927). To Gustave Pigot, director de la revue Le Capitole. Fine untranslated letter in French, in full: “Pour l’amour du ciel, laissez B. tranquille. Il s’amuse de vous et de moi. Je me mordais les doigts de l’avoir sollicité, et suis extrèmement heureux qu’ill s’abstienne; et d’autent plus que sa défection va permettre la collaboration de Valéry. Si donc maintenant, se ravisant, il vous envoie le manuscrit, ayez le courage de le lui renvoyer en lui disant: “trop tard”, la première place est promise. Aviez-vous déjà payé?? Je consen à vous couvrir cette fausse avance. Vous n’avez rien à répondre à Rouveyre, avec qui j’ai correspond. Laissez tomber cela. Pour Valéry, laissez-moi faire. et Jaloux? Vous ne me dites rien de Giraudoux. Ni de Mauriac, ni de Thibaudet, don’t vous annoncez la collaboration d’une manière peut-etre un peu imprudente, avant d’avoir recu leur “copie”. Et pour quoi mettre sue l’annonce “Etudes complement”, qui est “complètement” ridicule. Et “des documents rares” … Qu’entendez-vous pa là? Persuadez – vous que ces inutiles battages mècontentent les lecteurs autent que moi. Au revoir et croyez à mes sentiments bien cordiaux.” Mailing fold, handling wear, else fine condition.

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Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von (1749-1832)

Document signed

German writer, scientist, and philosopher who takes a place among the central intellectual and artistic figures of his day. Document signed “G”. Additionally in Goethe’s hand “W.(eimar) 1.10./(18)27.” 1p., recto and verso, 5.5 x 6.0 inch, Weimar, 1827 October 1, written in German and in dark black ink. Receipt for the sale of a 1/2 acre land by Georg Wagner from Unterheßbach (district of Ansbach) for 20 guilders. Mailing folds, handling wear, else good condition.

 

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Gorky, Maxim (1868-1936)

Excellent signature on a card

Russian and Soviet writer and a founder of the socialist realism literary method, a political activist and also a five-time nominee for the Nobel Prize in Literature. Signed card “M. Gorki” and additional in his hand “9.10.24 Sorrento”, written in dark blue ink and Cyrillic. 5.0 x 3.25 inch, Sorrento (Italy), 1924 October 9. Together with a fine and large portrait, 8.25 x 10.5 inch, Hofkunstverleger G. Heuer & Kirmse, Berlin-Halensee. Card in fine condition, portrait slightly discolored, else fine. Perfect example of a Gorky signature.

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Hauptmann, Gerhart (1862-1946)

Uncommon early postcard portrait signed

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. Postcard portrait signed “Gerhart Hauptmann” and dated in his hand “Rovio d 26.4.99.”. Postcard, 5.5 x 4.0 inch, signed and dated in purple ink, a fine 1899 postcard reproducing an engraved portrait of Hauptmann. The portrait (by Hans Weyl, 1899) is captioned with Hauptmann's name, misspelled “Gerhard”, he has corrected this in the same purple ink. The verso of the card, addressed in another hand, is stamped and postmarked at Rovio, Switzerland the day it was signed. It has been mounted on a slightly larger piece of card, with a window cut in the verso displaying most of the verso of the postcard. One corner of the window frame has a postmarked stamp commemorating Hauptmann, this was issued in 1950. Minor handling wear, else good condition.

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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)

Personal content typed letter signed

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. Typed letter signed “H Hesse”. 1p., (recto and verso), printed page from his diary “Aus dem Tagebuch des Jahres 1920 von Hermann Hesse”. N.p., n.d., addressed to Werner Boeck, Barsighausen bei Hannover. In full: “Da schicke ich Ihnen einen Gegengruß. Ihre Gedichte kann ich nicht beurteilen, ich bin ein kranker alter Mann und seit Jahr und Tag immerzu mit ganz unliterarischen Pflichten und Lasten überbürdet; die Spürkraft eines Kritikers muß feiner und wacher sein als die meine es heute noch ist. Aber ich habe aus Brief und Versen doch eine Vorstellung von Ihnen bekommen, und gebe Ihnen Ihren Gruß von Herzen zurück“. Signed in pencil by Hesse. Fold, corner wear, punch holes, else fine condition.

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Hesse, Hermann (1877-1962)

Bookpage signed and matted with photograph

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. Lower part of a bookpage - signed “HHesse”. 1p., 6.0 x 4.0 inch (visible), n.p., n.d., signed in pencil by Hesse. Bookpage “Aufzeichnungen von Hermann Hesse/ Mit farbigen Bildern vom Verfasser”, Fischer Verlag, Berlin - 1920. Signed in later years by Hesse and formerly part of a large collection of Ursula Schwerin, an employee at the Suhrkamp publishing house. Slightly discolored, else fine condition. Handsomely matted in gray with a photograph of Hesse to an overall of 7.75 x 11.75 inch. Both items removable affixed with photo corners.

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Heyse, Paul (1830-1914)

Autograph poem signed

German writer and translator. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1910. Wonderful autograph poem signed “Paul Heyse”. 1p., 5.25 x 8.25 inch, n.p., n.d. A fine poem in German, in full: “Lied. Was suchst Du Glück von Mund zu Mund, und deiner ach, ist bleich und kühl? Es treibt dich um, Dein Herz bleibt stumm, Und Lieben ist kein Kinderspiel. Die schönen Flammen sind verglüht, noch eh der Tau des Abends fiel. Die Nacht bricht ein, Du bist allein, Und Sterben ist kein Kinderspiel“. Minor handling wear, 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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Hugo, Victor (1802-1885)

Autograph 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). Autograph letter signed “Victor Hugo”. 1p., 4.0 x 5.25 inch, no year, May 3. Untranslated letter written from Paris. Mounted at the top to a slightly larger sheet, else fine condition.

 

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Ibsen, Henrik (1828-1906)

Autograph letter signed

Norwegian playwright, poet and theatre director. Crisply penned autograph letter signed “Henrik Ibsen”. 1p., bifolium, 5.5 x 8.75 inch, personal monogrammed letterhead, 1877 May 22. Written from Munich and addressed to "Peterssen" ostensibly the Norwegian painter Eilif Peterssen. Letter in Norwegian, in full translated: “Dear Mr. Peterssen. It would be very lovely for my wife and me to see you at our home the upcoming Thursday at 8 o’clock. Your friend”. Light overall staining, mailing folds, else good condition.

 

 

 

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Ibsen, Henrik (1828-1906)

Excellent signature

Norwegian playwright, poet and theatre director. Excellent signature “Henrik Ibsen, Christiania, 13.2.99.”. Piece of paper, 2.75 x 3.75 inch, signed and dated in Ibsen’s hand in dark black ink. Fine condition and a perfect example of his signature.

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Kästner, Erich (1899-1974)

Signature matted with photograph

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. Signature “Erich Kästner”. 1p., 4.0 x 1.75 inch, n.p., n.d. Removed from the book “”Die verschwundene Miniatur”. Handsomely photo corner matted in gray with a photograph of Kästner to an overall of 7.75 x 11.75 inch. Fine 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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Kipling, Rudyard (1865-1936)

Verse signed

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. Verse signed “Rudyard Kipling”. 9.0 x 1.0 inch, n.p., 1929 March 17. Additional in Kipling’s hand: “France beloved of every god that loves + serves mankind!” Slightly discolored, diagonal bend, else good condition. Handsomely matted in gray with a photograph of Kipling to an overall of 11.75 x 7.75 inch. Both items removable affixed with photo corners. Beautiful presented!

Price: $ 635 / € 490

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Lagerlöf, Selma (1858-1940)

Autograph letter signed regarding her masterpiece „Gösta Berling“

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”. Autograph letter signed “Selma Lagerlöf”. 2 pages, bifolium, 5.5 x 7.0 inch, Marbacka, 1927 January 2. Addressed to the writer Nanny Wachsmuth in Rostock. Translated: „… Es hat mich ein wenig überrascht, dass Ihnen dieses Lied bisher unbekannt war. Es kommt nämlich in ‘Gösta Berling’ im Kapitel ‘Ebba Dohnas Geschichte’ vor. Möglicherweise ist es in der von Ihnen gelesenen Übersetzung ausgelassen. In Pauline Klaibers Übertragung, Albert Langen Verlag, ist es aufgenommen …“. Mailing fold, handling wear, else good condition. Gösta Berling's Saga was the debut novel of Selma Lagerlöf, published in 1891. To this day, Gösta Berling is one of the best known and most widely read Swedish books ever and counted among Selma Lagerlöf's greatest masterpieces.

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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.

Price: $ 440 / € 340

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Mann, Thomas (1875-1955)

Autograph postcard signed: WW I. dated

German novelist, short story writer, social critic, philanthropist, essayist and 1929 Nobel laureate. Uncommon autograph postcard signed „Thomas Mann“. Postcard, 3.5 x 5.5 inch, Munich, 1914 December 11. Shortly after the outbreak of World War I. Addressed to Mr. H. Kahn - 2. Ers(atz) K(om)p(agnie) 2. F(eldartillerie-) R(egiment) at Hackerbräukeller Theresienhöhe (Munich) where a camp was set up. In German, in full: „Die Adresse lautet: Unteroffizier R. Frank, beim Stabe der 26. Inf. Division, 13tes Armeekorps. / Hochachtungsvoll / Thomas Mann“. Translated: “Address is: Sergeant R. Frank, at the staff of the 26th Inf. Division, 13th Army Corps. / Sincerely.” Slightly discolored, handling wear, else good condition.

 

Price: $ 910 / € 725

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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.

 

 

Price: $ 1,065 / € 820

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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.

 

Price: $ 635 / € 490

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Rilke, Rainer Maria (1875-1926)

Fine autograph 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. Autograph letter signed “Rainer Maria Rilke”. 2 pages, bifolium, 5.5 x 7.0 inch, on “77, RUE DE VARENNE” (Paris) stationery, but written from Bad Rippoldsau (Germany), 1909 September 10. A fine letter written in Rilke’s neat hand and addressed to “Dear Sir” (the student of philosophy Moritz Morgenthal, 1889-1971, in Heidelberg, later teacher u. Pacifist, published "The Academic Community Heidelberg"). In German, in full: "entschuldigen Sie den großen Abstand, den ich genommen habe, Ihr aufmerksames Schreiben vom 27. August zu beantworten. Ein Kuraufenthalt, der mich zu Briefen kaum kommen läßt, ist die Ursache meiner Verspätung. Was Ihre freundliche Aufforderung angeht, so bedauere ich sehr, Ihr nicht nachgeben zu können. Ich halte mich konsequent von allen Sammelbüchern, Anthologien u.s.w. fern; aber selbst wenn ich in Ihrem sympathischen Fall eine Ausnahme machen wollte: ich habe nichts, Ihnen anzubieten...". Mailing fold, else fine condition.

Price: $ 4,325 / € 3.450

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Sade, Donatien Alphonse Francois, Marquis de (1740-1814)

Autograph letter signed

French nobleman, revolutionary politician, philosopher and writer, famous for his libertine sexuality. Autograph letter signed “Sade”. 1p., bifolium, 6.75 x 8.5 inch, n.p., 1809 December 5. Addressed on verso in Marquis de Sade’s hand to “Monsieur Niepert - pere in Carpentras”. A fine letter regarding a payment of 410 frcs. In French, in parts: “…il m’est absolument impossible d’attendre davantage, et vous m’affligerez véritablement si vous me faites éprouver de plus longs délais…”. Mailing folds, minor hole from opening the wax seal on verso, handling wear, else fine. Provenance : collection Aristophile.

 

Price: $ 3,350 / € 2.750

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Sand, George (1804-1876)

Autograph 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 autograph letter signed “G Sand”. 1p., 5.0 x 8.0 inch, n.p., 1850 March 30. To the businessman Gabriel Falampin who was also artistic director of Illustration. She sends him the receipt for Mr. Delatouche and asks for the agreed ticket. In French, in parts: "Je suis guérie enfin de mon mal de tête. Mais il a fallu deux saignées (…) Faites-vous saigner aussi s’il n’y a pas d’autre moyen de guérison.” Extract from the Correspondence of Sand published by G. Lubin, volume XXV. Former collection of Colonel Daniel Sickles. Mailing folds, else fine condition.

 

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Sartre, Jean-Paul (1905-1980)

Scarce signed photograph

French philosopher, playwright, novelist, political activist, biographer and literary critic. Signed and inscribed photograph “avec Valerie Mass … homage de JP Sartre”. Page from a program, 1p., 5.25 x 7.0 inch, n.p., n.d. Signed in dark black ink and in fine condition. Uncommon and scarce Sartre autograph.

Price: $ 1,150 / € 890

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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)

Autograph letter signed

Czech-Austrian pacifist and novelist. In 1905 she was the first woman to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Autograph letter signed “B. von Suttner”. 2 pages, bifolium, 5.0 x 8.0 inch, Castle Harmannsdorf, 1887 September 19. In German regarding publications: „… Gleichzeitig … ist auch eine 2te Auflage meines ‘Inventariums einer Seele’ auf den Markt gekommen. Gegenwärtig habe ich einen neuen Roman unter der Feder, der voraussichtlich Ende Okt. fertig gestellt sein wird und den ich (wie wir beide dies ja mit allen unsern grössern Sachen zu thun pflegen) zuerst Ihnen vorlegen werde …“. In fine condition.

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Tagore, Rabindranath (1861-1941)

Fine ink signature matted with photograph

Bengali polymath who reshaped Bengali literature and music, as well as Indian art with Contextual Modernism in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He became the first non-European to win the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913. Fine fountain pen signature in Bengali on an off-white 3.5 x 2.75 inch (visible) album page, dated September 14, 1926. Handsomely matted in gray with a photograph of Tagore to an overall of 7.75 x 11.75 inch. Both items removable affixed with photo corners. On verso signature of composer Prince Joachim of Prussia (1876-1939). Fine condition. Tagore visited Europe in 1926 and met with many famous people, i.a. Albert Einstein.

 

Price: $ 940 / € 725

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Tolkien, J. R. R. (1892-1973)

Hand addressed envelope

Tolkien, John Ronald Reuel, English writer, poet, philologist, and academic, who is best known as the author of the classic high fantasy works “The Hobbit” and “The Lord of the Rings”. Hand addressed mailing envelope. 5.5 x 3.75 inch, Oxford, 1956 January 30. Addressed in Tolkien’s hand “Mrs. Doris Elizabeth Sykes, 95 Linden Gardens, Bayswater, London, W.2." Envelope bears a January 30, 1956, Oxford postmark. In fine condition. Tolkien corresponded with Sykes a few times, and he praised illustrations she sent him that had been inspired by Lord of the Rings.

Price: $ 1,790 / € 1.390

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