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.

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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. 

Price: $ 1,620 / € 1.350

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Beecher Stowe, Harriet (1811-1896)

Autograph quotation signed “Trust in the Lord …”

American abolitionist and author. She came from a famous religious family and is best known for her novel Uncle Tom's Cabin (1852). Fine autograph quotation signed “Trust in the Lord And do good from Harriet Beecher Stowe March 7. 1888”. Card, 3.0 x 2.0 inch, n.p., 1888 March 7. The card is mounted on a beautiful engraving of Beecher Stowe by T. Johnson to an overall size of 7.5 x 11.0 inch. Card has a stain and a corner bend, engraving is fine. Excellent display item with a fine quotation that she often used.

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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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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.

 

Price: $ 1,380 / € 1.150

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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.

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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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Dumas (père), Alexandre (1802-1870)

Carte de visite photograph signed

French novelist of such historical classics as The Count of Monte Cristo, The Three Musketeers and The Man in the Iron Mask. Carte de visite photograph signed “Al. Dumas”. 2.5 x 4.5 inch, n.p., n.d. Photograph featuring an oval image of Dumas in a head and shoulders pose. Photograph by Pierre Petit, Paris as printed on verso. Signed in bold black fountain pen ink to the lower border. Upper left corner very slightly clipped with small toning stain to the upper edge, otherwise good condition.

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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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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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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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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 “V. Hugo”. 1p., 4.5 x 7.25 inch, Paris, 9 rue Jean Goujon Champs-Elysées, (1830) May 28. Addressed on verso in Hugo’s hand to Antony THOURET (1807-1871), law student, 3 rue de cluny near the Sorbonne. He was a political journalist from 1828, lawyer, writer and French politician. In French: “Je vous remercie, Monsieur, de ce qu'il y a d'amical et d'obligeant dans votre lettre. Je serai à votre disposition le jour où il vous conviendra. Je suis presque toujours chez moi le matin entre onze heures et midi et le soir après huit heures. Votre bien cordialement dévoué serviteur. V. Hugo. 9 rue Jean Goujon Champs Elysees.” Translated: “I thank you, Sir, for what is friendly and obliging in your letter. I will be at your disposal when it suits you. I am almost always at home in the morning between eleven o'clock and noon and in the evening after eight o'clock. Your most cordially devoted servant.” Mailing folds, else fine condition. Hugo lived on the second floor of a modest house isolated in the middle of the market gardens and meadows at 9 rue Jean Goujon Champs Elysees. Here he wrote Notre-Dame de Paris.

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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., bifolium, 4.75 x 7.0 inch, n.p., 16 7bre, no year (September 9) and about 1850. To an unknown author who sent him his work. In French: „Je m'empresse, Monsieur, d'avoir l'honneur de vous remercier, je lirai avec le plus vif intérêt l'ouvrage que vous voulez bien m'en voyer et que votre suffrage recommande hautement à mes yeux. je connais, Monsieur, vos beaux travaux et votre esprit élevé, et je suis heureux à cette occasion de vous offrir la vive assurance de mes sentiments les plus distingués.“ Translated: “Sir, I have the honor of thanking you, I shall read with the keenest interest the work which you kindly send me and which your vote highly recommends to me. I know, Sir, your fine works and your high spirit, and I am happy on this occasion to offer you the strong assurance of my most distinguished feelings”. Mailing folds, else fine condition.

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Hugo, Victor (1802-1885)

Autograph letter signed to French journalist Émile de Girardin

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., 5.25 x 7.75 inch, n.p., n.d. (about 1850). To Émile de Girardin (1802-1881). In French, in full: “Voici un brave jeune home qui a beaucoup de talent comme poète, ce qui ne lui sert à rien, et beaucoup de courage et de zèle comme homme, ce qui devrait l’empêcher de mourir de faim. Il serait heureux du plus humble emploi dans La Presse. pouvez-vous l’employer ? Y a-t-il place pour lui ? Je vous le recommande. Il s’appelle Pierre Cauwet - bien à vous et à votre coeur.” Translated: “Here is a brave young man who has a lot of talent as a poet, which is of no use to him, and a lot of courage and zeal as a man, which should prevent him from starving. He would be happy with the humblest job in La Presse. Is there room for him? I recommend it. His name is Pierre Cauwet.” Mailing folds, handling wear, else good condition. Émile de Girardin (1802-1881) was a French journalist, publisher and politician. He was the most successful and flamboyant French journalist of the era.

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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 6.25 inch, Veules, 12 7bre 1880 (September 5, 1880). To Monsieur Lhommede in Paris. In French, in full: “Votre lettre, monsieur, et votre envoi, m’ont inspiré un vif interet. Je serai charmé de vous voir et de causer avec vous. Paris convient a cela. Venez, a partir du 18 7bre, le jour que vous voudrez a 9h1/2 du soir. Vous serez le très bien venu et le tres bien recu. Agreez je vous prie, l’assurance de mes sentiments distingués.” Translated: “Your letter, sir, and your despatch, have inspired me with keen interest. I shall be charmed to see you and to talk with you. Paris suits this. Come, from 18 7 bre, the day you want at 9:30 in the evening. You will be very welcome and very well received. Please accept the assurance of my distinguished sentiments.” Mailing fold, else fine condition. Hugo arrived at Veules-les-roses on Saturday August 21, 1880 by train at the home of his friend Paul MEURICE, with whom he came to spend a few summer stays in 1879.

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Ibsen, Henrik (1828-1906)

Bookpage signed from a book of his own library matted with photograph

Norwegian playwright, poet and theatre director. Bookpage signed “Henrik Ibsen”. 1p., 4.75 x 3.5 inch (visible), n.p., n.d. (about 1894). Ibsen signs an August Strindberg (1849-1912) book: “August Strindberg - Die Beichte eines Thoren”. Second edition, Budapest, Carl Grill 1894. The bookpage is folded in the middle and glued together over the years. The book was probably part of Ibsen’s own library with his ownership ink signature at the top and the page was later removed. Minor bends, slightly discolored, handling and corner wear, else good condition. Handsomely matted in gray with a paper photograph of Ibsen to an overall of 7.75 x 11.75 inch. Both items removable affixed with photo corners. Uncommon!

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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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Lagerlöf, Selma (1858-1940)

Autograph letter signed

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”. Postcard, 4.0 x 5.75 inch, Stockholm, 1928 May 19. Addressed on verso in Lagerlöf’s hand to Mr. Gohlke in Breslau. Lagerlöf apologizes that she cannot provide anything unprinted for the October issue. In German, in full: “Entschuldigen Sie, bitte, dass ich so lange verschoben habe, Ihre freundliche Bitte um einen Beitrag für Ihr Oktoberheft zu beantworten. Leider habe ich nichts bisher ungedrucktes, das ich senden könnte, und meine Zeit ist so furchtbar ausgenommen, dass es mir ganz unmöglich ist, etwas neues für Ihre Rechnung zu schreiben. In vorzüglicher Hochachtung.“ Vertical bend on the left, mounting residue on verso, handling wear, else good condition.

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Mann, Thomas (1875-1955)

Card signed

German novelist, short story writer, social critic, philanthropist, essayist and 1929 Nobel laureate. Fine card signed „Thomas Mann“. 4.75 x 3.5 inch, n.p., n.d. Signed in dark black ink. Fine condition.

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May, Karl (1842-1912)

Rare cabinet card photograph 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. Cabinet card photograph signed “Dr. Karl May bei der Arbeit.”. 8.5 x 5.25 inch, n.p., n.d., written in dark black ink by May. Vintage albumen print mounted on original studio's cardboard “Atelier Nunwarz Urfahr-Linz”. The photo shows May at his desk in his office in the Villa Shatterhand. Above May’s head Winnetou's silver rifle, at the window the double-barreled bear killer, his chieftain's flag hangs down from his desk. Below left a self-shot grizzly bear, high above the head of an elk and so on. In April 1896, the amateur photographer Alois Schiesser in Radebeul took 101 pictures of Karl May in civilian clothes and in the costumes of Old Shatterhand and Kara Ben Nemsis. The photographer Adolf Nunwarz (1868-1931) from Linz later received the negative plates of these photos and took over the distribution. May and Nunwarz had an agreement that only photos personally signed by May could be sold, but this agreement was probably broken by Nunwarz. Lower left edge slightly worn, handling wear, minor stains, else fine. May is very common in signed postcard photographs, cabinet card photos of this quality rarely appear on the market.

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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)

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.

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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.

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Saint-Exupéry, Antoine de (1900-1944)

Rare book signed “Terre Des Hommes”

French writer, poet, aristocrat, journalist and pioneering aviator. He became a laureate of several of France's highest literary awards and also won the United States National Book Award. He is best remembered for his novella “The Little Prince (Le Petit Prince)”. Book signed “Antoine de Saint-Exupèry”. Book “Terre Des Hommes”. Softcover, 4.75 x 7.25 inch, Librairie Gallimard, Paris, 1939, 218 pages. Fine uncommon inscribed in black ink by Saint-Exupèry "Pour Mademoiselle Babette … En la priant de me pardonner mes inexcusables distractions Et avec mon plus amical souvenir”. And two arrows to the first and second name in Exupèry’s hand. Housed in a custom made box especially for this book. Book discolored, stained, handling wear, writing dark and fine. Box in mint condition.

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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)

Autograph letter signed

French philosopher, playwright, novelist, political activist, biographer and literary critic. Rare autograph letter signed “JPSartre”. 1p., 8.25 x 10.75 inch, n.p., 1971 May. A fine handwritten letter to the liberation theologian and resistance fighter Georges Casalis (1917-1987). In French, in full: “Voici la lettre que Neruda m’a envoyé. Il parait bien disposé. A-t-il fait signé à Carrera? „Il semble, si’l ne l’a pas fait, que Carrera doit il manifester lui-même à l’ambassade de Chili. Croyez à mes sentiments très cordiaux“. Carrera was probably the Ecuadorian poet and diplomat Jorge Carrera Andrade (1903-1978). Minor handling wear, else fine condition.

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Sartre, Jean-Paul (1905-1980)

Excellent signed photograph

French philosopher, playwright, novelist, political activist, biographer and literary critic. Excellent signed photograph “JPSartre”. Inscribed in blue ink in Sartre’s hand “A Monsieur Henri Foucher homage sincere de JP Sartre 12.12.46”. 3.0 x 4.0 inch bookpage photo attached on thin cardboard to an overall of 6.0 x 8.5 inch. Fine 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)

One of a kind autograph quotation signed “Down with Weapons!”

Austrian-Bohemian pacifist and novelist. In 1905 she became the second female Nobel laureate (after Marie Curie in 1903) and the first woman to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Card signed “Bertha v. Suttner”. Card, 3.5 x 2.5 inch, Wien (Vienna), 1911 December. With a handwritten and one of a kind quotation of her famous book, in German: “Die Waffen nieder!” (Down with Weapons!). The book “Die Waffen nieder!” (Down with Weapons! or Lay Down Your Arms!) is the best-known novel by Bertha von Suttner, who received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1905 for the book. The book was published in 1889 in German by the publisher Edgar Pierson in Dresden and became very quickly successful, both because of its look at war and peace and because it addressed the issue of women in society. Fine condition and surely one of the finest von Suttner autographs you can hope to find.

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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.

 

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Verne, Jules (1828-1905)

Fine autograph letter signed “… your old unknown friend”

French novelist, poet, and playwright. Bestselling adventure novels including Journey to the Center of the Earth (1864), Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Seas (1870), and Around the World in Eighty Days (1872). Fine autograph letter signed “Jules Verne”. 1p., bifolium, 4.25 x 5.25 inch, Amiens, (18)91 April 20. To an unidentified correspondent. A kindly letter, evidently written in response to a request from a young lady to the famous and hugely popular author. In French, translated: “I think you must have a very good nurse in the person of Miss Mitzi Duschuh (?). She has asked me to write you a few words. I am doing so, telling you that you must get better, and as soon as possible, if you do not wish to be uncivil to this young lady who is all heart. Kindly present her with my compliments and assure her that I wish I could write in her language as well as she does in mine and believe me, your old unknown friend.” Slightly discolored, else good condition. Towards the end of his life, Verne served for many years as town councillor of Amiens. This does not appear to have hampered his literary output, which consisted of well over fifty novels and novellas.

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