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Collection of 8 autograph letters and 1 autogr. postcard, all signed. Together with a Woodburytype bust portrait.

Baudelaire, Charles, French poet (1821–1867).

Published by Various places, 1837 to 1865. (1865)

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Item Description: Various places, 1837 to 1865., 1865. Mostly 8vo. Altogether 12 pp. I) To his mother, Madame Aupick: „Hier, tous ceux de notre compagnie qui vont à la veillée, ont demandé à ne plus y aller; le proviseur s est mis en colère de ce qu à l approche du concours on ne voulût plus aller à la veillée, qu il nous a tous privés de de sortie jusqu à nouvel ordre. C est pour moi une nouvelle raison de travailler et en tout si je peux, pour éviter toute contrariété avec le proviseur; car il a été furieux de cette demande. Il a crié avec une voix tonnante que cette maudite classe qui depuis la 6e faisait sa désolation ne lui ferait jamais honneur au concours. Enfin nous atttendrons peutêtre longtemps qu il nous permette de sortir. [.] Quant à mon professeur, il est content de moi: Je suis 7e en histoire et 2e en Anglais [.]" ([1837]). – II) To his editor M. De Broise: „M. Arsène Houssaye arrangera d’ailleurs la réclame à sa guise" ([1861]. – III) To the head of Librairie Hachette: „Monsieur, j’apprends que le 4e volume de la collection Crepet, Tableau de la poésie française, a paru depuis assez longtemps. Cependant, je n’ai rien reçu. Je vous serai très obligé de remettre ce volume au porteur du billet. Mes trois premiers volumes sont sur papier vergé. Veuillez agréer mes remerciements. Ch. Baudelaire" (August 3, 1862). – IV) To Poulet-Malassis: „Les 13 jours en plus n’étaient pas pour Tenré une raison de refus, mais Nadar n'est ni imprimeur ni libraire, il n’a jamais eu de billet Nadar. Il a raisonné ainsi: un photographe achète des plaques, il est donc présumable qu’un banquier faisant l’escompte des marchands de métaux prendrait un billet de photographe; - et il m’a donné l’adresse ci-jointe. J’allais partir pour la rue des vieilles haudriettes, quand Tenré me dit: il y a une chose bien plus simple à faire: le caissier de Nadar regardera au dos de quelques uns des billets payés, et il vous dira quel est le nom de l’escompteur le plus fréquent. - Je suis allé chez Nadar, mais le caissier m’a dit qu’il était inutile de regarder, toutes leurs affaires se faisant au comptant, ils n’avaient pas d’escompteur. Cette raison ne répondait qu’à moitié. Il y a eu des billets payés, donc, &c. Voyant que vous ne rentriez pas, je suis venu ici [.]" ([1864?]. – V) To Narcisse Ancelle: „Mon cher ami, je vais donner encore à l’hotel les 150 fr. dont le recu est joint à cette lettre. La note montait encore un peu plus haut que je ne croyais. Je ferai ainsi patienter les gens, jusqu’à ce que mes affaires de librairie soient conclues. Il parait (me dit-on) que deux libraires s’offrent, mais les traités ne se feront que quand mes quatre volumes seront complètement finis. Je travaille lentement, et avec maussaderie [.]" (25. II. 1865). – VI) Beautiful letter to Emile Deschanel (1819-1904), his former classmate at Louis-le-Grand, who had spent in the Journal des Débats, October 15, 1864, a large part of his article „Villonistes" to Baudelaire’s „Les Fleurs du mal", recalling their camaraderie, and quoting some unpublished verses of Baudelaire’s days of youth. „Voici mon dernier volume de POE. As-tu les autres: Histoires Extraordinaires, Nouvelles histoires extraordinaires, Aventures d'Arthur Gordon Pym, et Eureka? FREDERICX m'a appris hier (14 Mars) que tu avais parlé des Fleurs du Mal dans les Débats [.]" ([March 15, 1865]). – VII) To Monsieur Laumonier: „A moins que vous ne fassiez du Dimanche un jour régulier de récréation, je vous serai bien obligé de venir me voir Demain à 2 heures. Déposez un mot de réponse chez moi avant de remonter à Montmartre. Bien à vous [.]" (n. p. o. d.). – VIII: To Paul Meurice: „Je m’absente cinq ou six jours et je viens réclamer de votre obligeance exactement le même service que vous m’avez rendu précédemment. je vous renverrai sans doute cela d’Alençon. La lettre de M. Hugo n’était pas chez ma mère [.]" (n. p. o. d.). – IX: Autogr. postcard: „de M. Michel Lévy la somme de vingt francs » (pour l’édition des Histoires extraordinaires d’Edgar Poe), 22. IV. 1856. – X: Bookseller Inventory # K47533

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Item Description: Skjolden, Dublin, Cambridge, and Oxford, c. 1921-1951., 1951. A total of 24 pp. on 17 ff. (Large) 8vo. Includes an autogr. envelope, a Deutsche Reichspost telegram, and 12 souvenir photographs (c. 70 x 90 mm) in original envelope, inscribed by Wittgenstein. With: I: 6 autogr. letters and 7 small autogr. lettercards signed by Hermine Wittgenstein to Ludwig and Hermann Hänsel (22 pp. on 13 ff.). - II: 1 ALS by Ludwig Ficker to Ludwig Hänsel about Wittgenstein (2 pp.). - III: 1 autogr. lettercard signed by Ludwig Hänsel to his son Hermann (1 p.). - IV: 1 TLS by Paul Wittgenstein to Hermann Hänsel (1 p.). - V: 1 TLS by General Feurstein to Paul Wittgenstein (1 p.). - VI: 1 APcS by E. Postl, the Wittgenstein valet, to Ludwig Wittgenstein (1 p.). All 8vo and 4to. Hitherto unpublished letters by the philosopher to one of his closest friends and confidants. Wittgenstein and Hänsel had met in the POW camp at Monte Cassino. Hänsel visited Wittgenstein regularly in Trattenbach, Puchberg, and Otterthal, where he taught at elementary schools from 1920 to 1926, and kept in close contact with the philosopher until his death in 1951. Hänsel would send his own writings to Wittgenstein for him to read and correct; a few of these annotated proofs have survived in private collections. - The majority of the present correspondence dates from 1938. But a month after the "Anschluß", the annexation of Austria into Nazi Germany, Wittgenstein writes his friend from Cambridge (all quotations transl. from German): "Do not let yourself be confused over religion by its representatives; but do not let the ideals of a religion delude you as to the actual views of its representatives, either. I will probably not be visiting Austria in the next months. If I did, I might not get out again, and that would be a great misfortune for me [.] As you see, I am back at Cambridge, and will be teaching again next trimester, i.e. in a week" (13 April 1938). After deploring the "calamity in Kundmanngasse" and mentioning the invocation of God "in very difficult times" (18 June 1938), Wittgenstein on 29 Dec. 1938 once more comments on Hänsel's situation in Vienna: "Yes, it is hard to stand alone, but not only for the Viennese. And to truly think, and think deeply, and then to follow the drift of one's thought, that too is hard, for it requires a dashed amount of courage (O, if only I had it!). If you truly think: and then do not participate in anything you consider it more decent to not participate in - I feel you'd be capable of it - then you are much to be congratulated". - The additional correspondence all relates to Wittgenstein, containing numerous previously unknown details in connection with his biography (Ludwig Ficker about the time as a Prisoner of War) and interesting insights into Ludwig provided by his sister Hermine: "I think about my brother so much, the way he judges people and attitudes from his high vantage point, and involuntarily I find myself applying his standards; don't you too think of him sometimes? He so much enjoyed Norway, whose landscape and people agreed with him so well in all their sternness" (to H. Hänsel, 2 Jan. 1941, war in Norway). "I have heard through the grapevine that Ludwig is suffering badly under the current times, and I readily believe it, for he does have this great talent for suffering" (7 Nov. 1942). Not in: Ludwig Hänsel - Ludwig Wittgenstein: eine Freundschaft. Briefe, Aufsätze, Kommentare (ed. I. Somavilla et al., Innsbruck 1994). Bookseller Inventory # 32122

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Item Description: Berlin, Bad Aussee, Bremen, Darmstadt, Hamburg, London, Vienna, and other places, 1918-1965., 1965. "There never was a time when Frank Thiess was not controversial", the celebration publication in honour of the writer's 60th birthday states (Frank Thiess. Werk und Dichter, p. 30). Before the National Socialists seized power in 1933, the writer had enjoyed great success with his historical novels, and his literary importance was largely undisputed. His novel "Tsushima" (1937), translated as "The Voyage of Forgotten Men", was printed in several hundred thousand copies; Hemingway even included Thiess in his 1942 anthology "Men at War". After the War, Thiess coined the term "Inner Emigration" to describe the situation of artists who, as he did, remained in Germany during the Nazi years without personally agreeing with German politics of the time. Thiess argued that this attitude was superior to that of emigrants proper such as Thomas Mann, who supposedly had watched the destruction of Germany from "balcony seats". Although most of Thiess's works were seized by the Nazis and some were even burned publicly, his decision to remain in Germany and his bitter feud with Mann proved great obstacles when he tried to regain his old position in German literature after the War. - The present partial Nachlass, from the estate of his second wife, Yvonne Thiess, sheds light on his role during the last years of Nazi Germany and the postwar years until 1965. In these roughly 500 letters and postcards to his wife, 22 years his junior, he reflects extensively upon his life and work. While he has apparently resigned himself during the War years to being unable to provide for his family, he is baffled by the problems he encounters after the War, complaining of unfair treatment, feuds with other writers, and the difficulties in joining the literary scene of postwar Germany. - Detailed list available upon request. Frank Thiess. Werk und Dichter. Ed. by R. Italiaander (Hamburg, 1950). Cf. E. Hemingway, Men at War: The Best War Stories of all Times (New York, 1942). Y. Wolf, Frank Thiess und der Nationalsozialismus. Ein konservativer Revolutionär als Dissident (Tübingen, 2003). Bookseller Inventory # 4501

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Collection of 4 autograph letters and 2 autogr. postcards, all signed.

Munch, Edvard, Norwegian painter (1863-1944).

Published by Kristiania (Oslo), Paris and undated, 1894-1926. (1926)

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Item Description: Kristiania (Oslo), Paris and undated, 1894-1926., 1926. Various formats. Altogether 14 pp. Some minor wearing to the letters after being folded. Together with the calling card of Mengelberg, inscribed on reverse by him "Edvard Munch Kragerö in Norwegen". 7 items. To the German businessman and art collector Richard Mengelberg. 2 letters dated Kristiania (Oslo, undated and 10 June 1897), 2 dated Paris 10 January and 17 March 1897. The postcards dated Kristiania (Oslo) 29 July 1894 and undated but poststamped Oslo 24 May 1926. - Letter 1 (undated) deals with family matters and that everyone misses him. Munch adds that he regrets having been unable to paint Mengelberg's feverish dreams while in Stockholm. - Letter 2 (10 June 1897): Munch writes he wanted to send birthday greetings, but when he left Hamburg he was without money, unable even to afford a postcard. He has sent a lithograph, mentions that Hamsun and Ibsen just passed by his window, and adds he wishes to travel to Paris in the spring. - Letter 3 (10 Jan. 1897): mentions the artist Paul Durand-Ruel, stating that all he exhibits is not symbolic. He also plans to publish an album of lithographs, provided he managed to find more subscribers. - Letter 4 (17 March 1897): some chat on the spring; mentions an exhibition in Dresden. - Postcards: complaints that Mengelberg is a poor correspondent. - Richard Mengelberg (1853-1932) wrote, in 1894, an article on Munch's works for the Frankfurter Zeitung. He was father of Nora Mengelberg, whose portrait Munch painted in 1894. He also made an etching of Richard Mengelberg the same year, his first work as an graphic artist. Bookseller Inventory # 33054

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23 autograph letters (17), lettercards (1) and postcards (5), mostly signed.

Puccini, Giacomo, Italian composer (1858-1924).

Published by Various places, 1921 and 1922. (1922)

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Item Description: Various places, 1921 and 1922., 1922. 4to and 8vo. Altogether 40 pp. on 25 ff. Very comprehensive collection of private letters written to his last love, Rose Ader (1890-1955). "Between 1921 and 1923, Puccini enjoyed what was likely his last romantic fling when he fell passionately in love with a young German soprano, Rose Ader, for whom he created the part of Liù in his final work, ‚Turandot'" (The New Grove Dictionary). "My good and sweet Rosa", Puccini wrote on April 17, 1921, on one of his earliest letters to Rose, "I am deeply moved as I write you. I would wish to be able to tell you what I have in my heart - if only you could understand! Besides the distance which separates us there is the matter of the language which prevents us from saying all that we have in our hearts - what good fortune that I should have met you and what misfortune not to be able to speak together! I would have such riches in expression with which to express my great love! A love which will be with me all my life - you cannot imagine what an impression you made on me! Your languid eyes which when they looked at me strike my heart as though to seek an echo of an immense affection. I shall never be able to forge you - my Rosa what will happen to me. How can I bear being so far away. Yet it is necessary to suffer and to wait. Life is all one waiting and one suffering! Study, study, I beg you on my knees. Study with ardor and feverishly a little of my language. I believe that guided by the love that you have for me you will soon succeed in understanding me. That day will be one of the most beautiful ones of our life. Write to me even in German. I shall have your letter translated. If with the help of Mrs. S. you wish to write in French I shall not let the eyes of a stranger see your letter. I shall write you every week and even more often than that. How clearly I write! Never have I written in this manner - for you, my joy, I do everything [.]" (transl. from the Italian original). Bookseller Inventory # 34075

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Nietzsche, Friedrich, German philosopher (1844–1900).

Published by [Basel, 28 September 1877]. (1877)

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Item Description: [Basel, 28 September 1877]., 1877. Oblong 8vo. 1 p. With autograph address. To his friend, the writer and painter Reinhart von Seydlitz (1850–1931), about the meaning of the phrases "pollice verso" and "pollicem premere": "Did you receive my card, dear friend? Do not think ill of me if you once more fail to receive a letter today. My sincere thanks to your esteemed mother for affording me the opportunity to be a classical scholar (sometimes I forget). 'pollice verso' means: 'thumb directed against the chest', the gesture by which the people would demand the gladiator to be killed. 'pollicem premere', literally 'to press the thumb', i. e., 'clench one's fist and hide the thumb therein' is the same as our German 'Jemandem den Daumen halten’, 'to press one's thumb for someone', that is to say, 'to keep one's fingers crossed for somebody' - a sign of goodwill. By raising the index finger the gladiator would crave the spectators' mercy; when it was granted, by the said gesture, this was called 'missio' [.]". – Published in Nietzsche's Works, Critical Edition: Collected Letters, p. 287, no. 667. In mint condition. Bookseller Inventory # K24563

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2 autograph letters and 1 autogr. postcard, all signed.

Monet, Claude, French painter (1840-1926).

Published by Giverny, 1889 to 1911. (1911)

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Item Description: Giverny, 1889 to 1911., 1911. 8vo. Altogether 5 pp. I) To art collector Paul Gallimard who had bought three of his paintings. – II) A postcard to an autograph collector: „Monsieur, je suis très touché de votre demande, soyez donc satisfait et recevez l’expression de mes sentiment distinguès Claude Monet". – III) To a friend: „Cher ami, Je compte venir à Paris mardi. Venez déjeuner avec moi. Rendez-vous chez Bernheim entre 11h1/2 et midi, après je vous reconduirai aux Gobelins pour voir la tapisserie. C’est entendu n’est ce pas [.]". Bookseller Inventory # K47532

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Collection of 163 (147 autogr. and 16 ts.) letters and postcards by Carl Ferdinand and 72 mostly autogr. letters and postcards by Gerty Theresa Cori.

Cori, Carl Ferdinand (1896-1984) and Gerty Theresa (1896-1957), Nobel Prize winners in Medicine 1947.

Published by Various places, 1920-1954. (1954)

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Item Description: Various places, 1920-1954., 1954. C. F. Cori: 379 pp. (21 of which in his wife’s hand); G.T. Cori: 201 pp. (2½ of which in her husband’s hand). Also includes 69 ff. mostly ts. carbon copies of letters and telegrams by C. F. Cori’s father C. I. Cori, 243 ff. letters and postcadrs of third parties to Cori sen. and jun. as well as 54 ff. miscellaneous documents. Various formats. The correspondence of the two Nobel Prize winners with their Viennese family documents life and work of the renowned Austrian scientists Carl Ferdinand and Gerty Theresa Cori through more than three decades. The letters, frequently written by both, span the years from their first activity as physicians in Vienna in the early 1920s to the time after their winning the Nobel Prize, which Gerty Theresa Cori was the third woman to receive in a field of natural science (after Marie Curie and Irène Joliot-Curie). Their common research remains a central theme in the letters mostly addressed to Carl Isodor Cori (1865-1954). - "In subsequent work Gerty Cori used the enzymes involved in the biological cleavage of glycogen as tools for the chemical definition of its molecular structure. This was achieved in 1952, almost exactly 100 years after the discovery of glycogen by Claude Bernard [.] Gerty Cori's work thus demonstrated the central importance of the isolation and characterization of individual enzymes, both for the structural definition of the macromolecules on which they act and for the understanding of dysfunctions of metabolic processes in which these enzymes participate [.]" (DSB III, 416). - Detailed description available upon request. Cori, Carl Ferdinand, and Gerty Theresa Radnitz Cori, in: American National Biography, vol. 5 (New York, 1999), pp. 513-514. Bookseller Inventory # 4064

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11 autogr. signed letters or postcards from various socialist figures.

Socialist International]. - Huysmans, Camille, Belgian politician (1871-1968)].

Published by Various places, 1911 to 1914. (1914)

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Item Description: Various places, 1911 to 1914., 1914. Altogether 24 pieces. Mostly written to the Belgian socialist politician C. Huysmans, a member of the International Socialist Bureau. - I) 1911: Postcard from Hjalmar Branting, in French. - II) Letter from Tucovic, in German. - III) Letter from Engelbert Pernerstofer, in German. - IV) 1914: Letter from Edouard Vaillant, in French. - V) Letter from Friedrich Adler (in German, typed, autogr. sign.). - VI) Letter from Karl Liebknecht, in German. - VII) Postcard from Friedrich Ebert, in German. - VIII) Postcard from Georg Ledebour, in German. - IX) Postcard from H. Branting in French. - X) Aut. sign. of Keir Hardie. - We join 5 other doc. incl. 2 letters from Elisée Reclus, 1 from E. Vandervelde and 1 by Huysmans as well as some newspaper clippings or other. Bookseller Inventory # 33822

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Malevich, Kazimir, Russian painter and art theoretician (1879-1935).

Published by [Nemchinovk], 20. VII. 1932. (1932)

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Item Description: [Nemchinovk], 20. VII. 1932., 1932. Oblong 8vo. 1 p. With autograph address. In Russian, to his third wife, Natalja, about his arrival at Moscow and Kirill Ivanovich Shutko (1884-1941), the editor-in-chief of the magazine "Soviet Cinema", who was earmarked as candidate for the office of Director of the GAKhN (State Academy of Artistic Sciences), which from 1923 to 1929 was a meeting place for avant-garde. "[.] I had a long conversation with him and tried to convince him to accept this assignment. At the moment, he is heading for Rome, and will leave on July 27. He is now working on a book called 'Lenin and Culture' [.]" (transl.). - Trace of vertical fold. Malewitsch über sich. Zeitgenossen über Malewitsch. Briefe. Dokumente. Erinnerungen. Kritik. Bd. 1, Moskau 2004, Nr. 35. Bookseller Inventory # 32593

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Malevich, Kazimir, Russian painter and art theoretician (1879-1935).

Published by [Moscow and Nemchinovk], 9. II. 1932. (1932)

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Item Description: [Moscow and Nemchinovk], 9. II. 1932., 1932. Oblong 8vo. 1 1/4 pp. With autograph address. In pencil. To his third wife, Natalja, on a campaign against him raised by the AKhRR (Assotsiatsia Khudozhnikov Revolutsionnoi Rossii - Association of Artists of Revolutionary Russia), and of being accused of formalism: "Ich renne herum, die Dinge stehen so, dass man es nicht aussprechen kann, es stellt sich heraus, dass eine staatliche [?] [Kampagne?] gegen mich als [unleserliches Wort] Formalisten läuft. [.] Therefore, there is nothing anywhere, not even for my urns [.] but I will litigate and disprove their statements [.]" (transl. from the Russian original). Malewitsch über sich. Zeitgenossen über Malewitsch. Briefe. Dokumente. Erinnerungen. Kritik. Bd. 1, Moskau 2004, Nr. 29. Bookseller Inventory # 32589

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Münter, Gabriele, German expressionist painter (1877-1962).

Published by Murnau, 3. III. 1950 to 7. III. 1957. (1957)

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Item Description: Murnau, 3. III. 1950 to 7. III. 1957., 1957. Mostly folio. 22 pp. With punched holes. Fine correspondance with the art dealer Alex Vömel in Dusseldorf, on exhibitions of her works. „Unfortunately, we do not have any woodcuts from ‚Les Nabis’, but some of Kandinsky, which, however, we do not want to sell. After all, it would be interesting to find out how those pre-abstract works were estimated [.]" (10. VI. 1951; transl.). - Accompanied by a printed billet signed, thanking for greetings to her 80th birthday. Bookseller Inventory # K47010

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Malevich, Kazimir, Russian painter and art theoretician (1879-1935).

Published by [Nemchinovk], 19. V. 1933. (1933)

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Item Description: [Nemchinovk], 19. V. 1933., 1933. Oblong 8vo. 1 p. With autograph address. In Russian, to his third wife, Natalja: "I have received all your letters, it upsets me quite much, and everything is particularly difficult if you are nervous to such an extent, but I still can't leave. It is very diffult to leave, indeed, but I have taken some steps towards the Narkompros [i. e. the People's Commissariat for Education] and obtained a ticket for May 23. I will arrive around 12 o'clock noon [.] Unfortunately, I can't send any money for I have not drawn my salary up till now [.]". (transl.). Malewitsch über sich. Zeitgenossen über Malewitsch. Briefe. Dokumente. Erinnerungen. Kritik. Bd. 1, Moskau 2004, Nr. 38. Bookseller Inventory # 32594

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Malevich, Kazimir, Russian painter and art theoretician (1879-1935).

Published by [Nemchinovk], 26. IV. 1932. (1932)

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Item Description: [Nemchinovk], 26. IV. 1932., 1932. Oblong 8vo. 1 p. With autograph address. In Russian, to his third wife, Natalja, on a committee's meeting which is appreciating his project, and about the liquidation of some artists' associations. His nephew Edsik (brother of Malevich's brother Myachislav) will get some tickets, and he himself is expecting a payment in advance. "[.] As for the cottages, it looks quite bad. A shared bathroom from 400 to 500 rubles. Neli promises to get a room and a terrace from a friend [.]" (transl.). Malewitsch über sich. Zeitgenossen über Malewitsch. Briefe. Dokumente. Erinnerungen. Kritik. Bd. 1, Moskau 2004, Nr. 32. Bookseller Inventory # 32591

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Malevich, Kazimir, Russian painter and art theoretician (1879-1935).

Published by Kiev, 20. XII. 1929. (1929)

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Item Description: Kiev, 20. XII. 1929., 1929. Oblong 8vo. 1 p. With autograph address. To his third wife, Natalja, on being terribly busy, and some plans to meet her on the 25th: "[.] ich habe das Billett wieder über Moskau gekauft, folglich wenn ich nicht wegen der Sache mit dem Glawiskusstwo und dem Porzellan einen Tag in Moskau eine Unterbrechung mache, dann komme ich am 25. morgens mit dem Schnellzug an, und wenn es nötig ist für einen Tag zu bleiben, dann am 26. morgens [.] Overshoes cannot be found here, they have only black ones, but only upon presentation of the receipt. Maybe I'll get some at Moscow [.] I don't know how it will work out in Kiev. There is a lot of trouble at the moment [.]" (transl. from the Russian original). Malewitsch über sich. Zeitgenossen über Malewitsch. Briefe. Dokumente. Erinnerungen. Kritik. Bd. 1, Moskau 2004, Nr. 22. Bookseller Inventory # 32586

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Item Description: paperback. Book Condition: Good. Ship out in 2 business day, And Fast shipping, Free Tracking number will be provided after the shipment.Pub Date: 1934 Publisher: German post office Folio: 64 open kind shown in Figure corner foldFour Satisfaction guaranteed,or money back. Bookseller Inventory # EB042399

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Malevich, Kazimir, Russian painter and art theoretician (1879-1935).

Published by Moscow, [21. X. 1929]. (1929)

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Item Description: Moscow, [21. X. 1929]., 1929. Oblong 8vo. 1 p. With autograph address. To his third wife, Natalja, on his travel to Moscow: "[.] The trip was allright, I had a compartment on my own. The train was quite fast, and I was shivering from time to time. The weather here is fine, the sun is shining and I am heading for Nemchinovka [.]" (transl. from the Russian original). Malewitsch über sich. Zeitgenossen über Malewitsch. Briefe. Dokumente. Erinnerungen. Kritik. Bd. 1, Moskau 2004, Nr. 16. Bookseller Inventory # 32585

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Autograph postcard signed.

Malevich, Kazimir, Russian painter and art theoretician (1879-1935).

Published by [Moscow, 20. X. 1931]. (1931)

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Item Description: [Moscow, 20. X. 1931]., 1931. Oblong 8vo. 1 p. With autograph address. To his third wife, Natalja, on Unochka's recovery, sending some money by money order, and some common friends: "[.] There is frost in Moscow. I went in a railway carriage on Wednesday, it was extremely cold since they do not heat yet [.] Und dann muss ich noch im Maljarstroi [Staatlicher Trest für Design im Bauwesen] sein, [drei unleserliche Wörter]. Ich hätte einen Brief geschrieben, aber es war kein Papier vorhanden und ich schreibe im ‚Künstler'." (transl. from the Russian original). Malewitsch über sich. Zeitgenossen über Malewitsch. Briefe. Dokumente. Erinnerungen. Kritik. Bd. 1, Moskau 2004, Nr. 26. Bookseller Inventory # 32588

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Item Description: Vienna, 1891-1918., 1918. I: APcS. 8vo. 1 p. With autogr. address. [9 April 1918]. - II: Railway pass. Vienna, 26 April 1903. Head-and-shoulders portrait (65 x 97 mm, somewhat rubbed), dry stamp of the "k. k. Staatseisenbahndirection Wien"; mounted on cardboard with embossed signet of the studio by L. Grillich, Vienna; in original cardboard folder. - III: Schiele, Adolf Eugen, father of the Austrian painter Egon Schiele (1851-1905). Seasonal railway ticket with portrait photograph. Vienna, 22 July 1891. Head-and-shoulders portrait. 58 x 95 mm. With die stamp of the "k. k. Staatseisenbahndirection Wien". - IV: Schiele, Gertrude, sister of the Austrian painter Egon Schiele (1894-1981). Seasonal railway ticket with portrait photograph. Vienna, 15 June 1910. Head-and-shoulders portrait. 67 x 109 mm. With die stamp of the "k. k. Staatseisenbahndirection Wien". I: In German, to O. Waniak in Vienna: "Do not come tomorrrow with Miss V. - I am on night duty. If the coming Tuesday, 6 o'clock, agrees with you, would you please let me know [.]". - Schiele's "night duty" was performed as a soldier at the Museum of Military History in Vienna. The previous month had seen the important Secession exhibition which had brought Schiele his first artistic and financial success. - II: The 12-year-old Schiele's signature in pencil and stronger faded. - III: Until his retirement in 1902, Schiele's father worked as stationmaster in Tulln on the Danube. - IV: Schiele's favourite sister "Gerti", who often sat for him as a model, married Schiele's former classmate and friend Anton Peschka in 1914. Bookseller Inventory # 28706

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Autograph letter signed and 3 autogr. postcards signed ("F. Marc").

Marc, Franz, German painter and printmaker, one of the key figures of the German Expressionist movement (1880-1916).

Published by Berlin, Sindelsdorf and Gendrin (East Prussia), 15. IX. 1912 to 23. VII. 1913 (mostly postmark) and n. p. o. d. (1913)

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Item Description: Berlin, Sindelsdorf and Gendrin (East Prussia), 15. IX. 1912 to 23. VII. 1913 (mostly postmark) and n. p. o. d., 1913. 8vo. Altogether 6 pp. on 5 ff. With one enclosure (s. b.) and an autogr. envelope. To art historian Franz Stadler in Munich, on preparing an art exhibition ("Erster Deutscher Herbstsalon") (Berlin, 15. IX. 1912), sending congratulations on Stadler's betrothal (Sindelsdorf, 1. VI. 1913, a postcard from the press of "Der Sturm", showing Franz Marc's "Affenfries"), on plans for travelling to Berlin (Gendrin, undated), and, finally on Stadler's wedding (n. p., 23. VII. 1913). - Accompanied by an autogr. register in which Marc has put down the address of some galleries and artists in Paris such as Robert Delaunay, Wilhelm Uhde ("has got fine paintings of Rousseau, and cubists", transl. from the German original), and Le Fauconnier. Bookseller Inventory # 32244

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4 (1 autogr. and 3 typed) letters and 1 autogr. postcard, all signed ("Kandinsky").

Kandinsky, Wassily, Russian painter and art theorist (1866-1944).

Published by Dessau and Neuilly-sur-Seine, 21. XII. 1927 to 8. XII. 1936. (1936)

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Item Description: Dessau and Neuilly-sur-Seine, 21. XII. 1927 to 8. XII. 1936., 1936. 4to and 8vo. 7 pp. on 5 ff. (letters) and 1 p. on 1 f. (postcard). Fine letters to Georg Schmidt (1896-1965), who was operating from 1927 to 1938 as librarian at the Basel Trade Museum and, at that time (1927), organized an exhibition of paintings by August Babberger, Arnold Brügger, Hanns Joerin, Otto Morach, and Wassily Kandinsky. In his early letters, Kandinsky discusses some details of organizing the exhibition (such as renumeration and accomodation, the transport of his works etc.), and in his letter from February 1928 he commemorates some impressions of it. "My impression of my lecture in Zurich is that the Swiss do not cope as easily with the subject as the Germans do, but subsequently are dealing longer with the issue and also in a very serious way [.] Maybe it's my personal experience since I do not speak 'propagandistic', avoid 'fanatism' and try to take up the position of a ascientist. I am convinced that the time for manifestos or tremendous gestures has passed, and that we must strive to be as objective as possible, especially we artists [.]" (25. II. 1928; transl. from the German original). - Together with a carbon copy of Schmidt's letter from January 31, 1928. Bookseller Inventory # 32239

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Item Description: Various places, 1885-1907., 1907. Various formats. 182 pp. Collection of correspondence from the Nachlass of Katharina Schratt, providing a panorama of the acquaintances and society of the actress who was introduced to the court as reader to Empress Elisabeth and later gained fame as Franz Josef's mistress and confidante. Although the entire material dates from the years when her relationship to the Emperor was popular knowledge, there are naturally no explicit references to this connection in any of the letters. Similarly, we can only speculate about the nature of Miss Schratt's gift to Johann Strauß: "To be thus honoured by your kindness is more than I have deserved. I beg to say my most heartfelt thanks. Please rest assured that this support which I have received from you will accompany me on all my paths and I will always honour it as a precious good [.]" (J. Strauß, ALS, 2 pp. Vienna, 25 Dec. 1894). The letter by Hans von Wilczek to the Emperor's mistress is of especial interest, as it contains indications of her close relationship to the great Austrian explorer: "[.] I stay away from Vienna as much as possible - but when I arrived at Herrengasse at 11 last night my doorman told me that you had called at half past 10. But I did not want to call back, it already being 11 - I beg forgiveness and - don't be angry with me! Is there anything I can do? [.]". - We also learn that the popular poet Adam Müller-Guttenbrunn had written a comedy just for her, "Die lächelnde Gräfin" ("The Smiling Countess"): [.] Naturally I would be prepared to fulfil any request regarding the title role. Also, the Countess's court need not be Vienna. That way we might even get it performed at the Burgtheater. Nobody has seen the play's ms., nobody knows it exists, it entered your hands quite virginal [.]" (2 June 1905). - Her colleague Helene Odilon, one of the greatest actresses of her age, who after suffering a stroke in 1903 was put under tutelage by her grasping relatives, writes a touching plea for help: "My desperation made me think of appealing to you, my dear lady, to help me achive my human rights. I beseech you to save me! Save me - I bessech you. My physical and mental sufferings have gone on too long. As my physical condition improved, the emotional torture of tutelage grew and torments me and today is a spectre that haunts me like death [.]" (25 Dec. 1906, 6 pp.). - The collection is topped off by several ephemera from Schratt's possession, including invoices, invitations, and a bill of exchange for 170 florins, written by herself. Joan Haslip, The Emperor & the Actress: The Love Story of Emperor Franz Josef & Katharina Schratt (New York, 1982). Bookseller Inventory # 23434

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4 autogr. postcards, 1 autogr. note and 4 typed letters signed.

Kandinsky, Wassily, Russian painter and art theorist (1866-1944).

Published by Various places, 1930-1940. (1940)

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Item Description: Various places, 1930-1940., 1940. Various formats. Partly in French and partly in German, written to Georgette Boner or her father, mostly sending holiday greetings. One letter, which is quite rich in substance, is concerning an exhibition project in Paris (11. VIII. 1937). - The exhibition entitled "Origines de l'art et Dévelopement internationally indépendant" was opened in Paris in 1937 and had a focus on abstract painting. - Together with a photograph inscribed on reverse by Nina Kandinsky ("Kandinsky und Nina in Dessau 1931") and 1 autogr. postcard from her. - 3 of Kandinsky's postcards mounted on cardboard. Bookseller Inventory # 33237

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Item Description: NY: Folkways Records, [1950]., 1950. 33rpm record. The record jacket bears Dylan's pencil ownership signature as well as some lyrics from the album that Dylan has transcribed on the front cover. The LP was issued with a postcard that customers could fill out and return requesting additional products. Dylan has filled out this card listing his name as "Bob Dylan c/o Kevin Krown" (Krown was a close early friend of Dylan and his first manager). He writes Krown's address "56 Lawrence Ave. Malverne, NY," (since Dylan didn't have a permanent address of his own at this time) and for product information he's written "Darling Corey #2003," and in the space for remarks he's written "send booklet." A remarkable artifact showing Dylan's early influences and his enthusiasm for folk music before becoming famous himself. In Chronicles Dylan talks about how much he was affected by the music he was exposed to after arriving in N.Y.C. and listening to the record collections of his friends. Provenance: Kevin Krown, with a small piece of cloth tape with his initials to the front cover. Dylan autograph material of this vintage is exceptionally rare, but more importantly this item came directly from Dylan's personal life at this crucial period before his first record, rather than simply being something signed at someone's request. This item comes with a letter of authentication from certified forensics examiner James Blanco (formerly of the US Treasury Dept.) who compared it to over 100 known examples of Dylan's writing from this period. The record jacket has a crease to the bottom corner---the card is fine. Housed in a lovely clamshell box with a recessed compartment for the card. Bookseller Inventory # SKB-13479

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Item Description: Various, 1935. Soft Cover. Book Condition: Very Good. This is a major Hermann Hesse collection with full provenance. The items are neatly displayed in a faux ostrich skin binder. No glue or attachments are used so the items are undamaged by the display method. Hermann Hesse Collection is as follows: 1. Postcard of Hesse's home in Galenhoven am Bodensee, in black and white, undated, in fine condition, signed "Gress von H. Hesse". 2. Picture from the chest up of Hesse, black and white, hand dated in what looks like Hesse's hand, 1926. 3. Picture of a Hesse home, looks like the one in Casa Rossa in Montagnola, in black and white. 4. Line drawing of Hesse writing a letter. 5. Line drawing of Hesse in an old hat, from the top of the shoulder up, Hand dated with a note by Hesse. 6. Line drawing of Hesse in his library, hand dated with a note, 1934. 7. Picture of a bust of Hesse, signed "Gress von H. H." 8. Photograph of Hesse tending bushes (looks like grape vines), in black and white. 9. Zwischen Sommer und Herbst (Between Summer and Fall), von Hermann Hesse, Sommer 1944, written in 1929, privately printed in 1944. 10. Besinnung (Meditation), 1942, written by Hesse on November 20, 1933 in Baden as an attempt to formulate a new foundation of his faith, first printed by Erasmus Printing Corp., 1942. 11. Painting, watercolor, 24 by 27 cm actual painted area, signed H. H. 35 (1935), of a village by a river probably in Italy, May have represented the mythical river in Siddhartha and the tree that Siddarha leaned against as he contemplated suicide, Instead he went to sleep and was healed. There are no doors or windows in the buildings. This may represent the closing and restrictive nature of men's progress and their closing out of Godly nature as they greedily seek wealth and fame. 12. Poetry, Bericht des Schulers (Report of the Student or Disciple), hand typed with typeovers and crossouts, one page, three eight-line stanzas, hand dated Baden 28-11-41, signed "Gruss von H Hesse". 13. Poetry, Leb wohl, Frau Welt, (one sheet folded over) one side of hand-typed poetry, four four-line stanzas, dated 23. IV. 44 and signed "H.", another side of hand-typed prose signed "H Hesse", hand-written on by Hesse "an Dr. Helmut Hoffmann, Berlin-Weumannslust, Gutaclsstr. 26.14. Letter and envelope, Canceled date 14 or 9/11/44, no return address, hand addressed in Hesse's hand, Letter: Lieber Herr Dr. Hoffmann complains of failing health, signed "H Hesse." 15. Poetry, three five-line stanzas, October 1944 (title), Leidanschaffich stromt der Regen (first line), typed and hand signed "Gruss von H. Hesse" with a hand-written note on the back Herrn Dr. Helmut Hoffmann, Postfacls 5, Mittsrsill (Salzburg). 16. Envelope and newspaper clipping, Envelope: canciled 23/12/45, hand addressed to Herrn Dr. Helmut Hoffmann, a return address written on, the newspaper article is entitled "Traumeschenk" by Von Hermann Hesse, signed "Gruss Von H Hesse", a note is typed on the clipping. 17. Envelope and pamphlet, Envelope: no date but it is from the British Zone, typed address to Herrn Helmut Hoffmann; Pamphlet: Brief an Adele (letter to Adele, Hesse's sister), Privately printed, February 1946. 18. Pamphlet, four-pages, Statt eines Briefes (title), privately printed end of July 1946 signed "Ein Gruss von Hrem H. Hesse." 19. Pamphlet, Orgelspiel (organ play), Hamburg, 1946, from Inge Jensen to Herrn Dr. Helmut Hoffmann for his birthday. 20. Pamphlet, Geheimmisse (secrets), 1947, signed H Hesse following a typed note. 21. Envelope and pamphlet, Envelope: to Dr. Helmut Hoffmann, went through military censorship, return address stamped on,; Pamphlet: Beschreibung einer Landschaft (description of a landscape from a portion of Hesse's journal), 1947, signed "Dank (?) Gruss von H Hesse". 22. Poetry and a picture card, three four-line stanzas and one five line stanza, Seifenblasen (soapbubbles from the poems of Josef Knechts)' professionally printed. 23. Poetry, five four-line stranzas, Leben einer Blume (title, Life of a Flower). 24. Bookseller Inventory # 07995

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Autograph picture postcard signed („Claus").

Stauffenberg, Claus Graf von, German army officer and one of the central figures of the German Resistance movement within the Wehrmacht (1907-1944).

Published by Marienbad, 23. V. [1936]. (1936)

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Item Description: Marienbad, 23. V. [1936]., 1936. (Oblong) 8vo. 1 p. With autogr. address. To his uncle, Berthold F. L. M. F. Schenk von Stauffenberg (1859–1944), sending greetings from Marienbad and announcing his continuation of the journey to Berlin. - In pencil; the picture side showing Carlton Hotel at Marienbad. Bookseller Inventory # K44480

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4 autograph letters and 2 (1 autogr. and 1 typed) postcards, all signed.

Labisse, Félix, French Surrealist painter, illustrator, and designer (1905-1982).

Published by Neuilly-sur-Seine and n. p., 1930 to 1976. (1976)

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Item Description: Neuilly-sur-Seine and n. p., 1930 to 1976., 1976. Large 4to and 8vo. Altogether 6 pp. on 6 ff. Together with 2 typed letters by Labisse (carbon copies) and 2 letters of response. To the Belgian author, filmmaker and documentarist Henri Storck. The first letter dates from the beginning of their friendship; in it, Labisse argues vehemently against becoming involved in politics: "Occupons nous essentiellement d'art et de littérature. Bougre de nom de Dieu!, nous ne sommes bon qu'à cela. C'est déjà quelque chose, il y a tant qui y sont étrangers. Je ne condescendrai jamais à jeter le plus infime regard sur les [illegible] de la société, laissons les laver leur linge sale en famille ; que m'importe les régiments, ils se valent tous, ils sont tous aussi mauvais. Henri, nous ne pouvons nous occuper de tout. Laissons les politiciens s'arracher les yeux pour avoir le pouvoir [ ]" (17. V. 1930). - In one letter, Labisse asks his friend to take pictures of the paintings in his possession for an illustrated catalogue of his work: "j'aimerais que tu me fasse parvenir 2 photographies de chaque tableau de moi que tu possèdes. 'Le baptême de l'air'. 'Le démythifieur'. Et si possible celles du portrait que j'ai fait de ta sœur Janot [ ]" (18. X. 1976). - One month later, he has obviously gotten some of the pictures as well as some other documents, reminding him of their youth: "Merci pour les documents, souvenir de notre puberté. Tu dois en avoir une ou deux avec James Ensor sur la plage - pendant le tournage d'un de tes films - mais je ne me souviens plus [ ] du film. Au sujet des négatifs noirs et blancs, les tableaux photographiés pour [illegible], je te remercie, cela sera très utile. Voilà ceux qui me manquent : Document I: Bonjour Marie; [ ] L'infallibilité; [ ] Découverte de l'amérique [ ]; Document II: Le combat singulier; [ ]. Fais les moi parvenir quand tu pourras [ ]" (22. XI. 1976). - In 1977, on the occasion of Stock's 70th birthday, Labisse honors his fried by a long letter (or was it a speech?) about the latter's accomplishments: "Nous nous sommes connus en 1926. Tu étais alors un garçon un peu austère et un tantinet dogmatique. Malgré nos caractères assez différents il s'établit très vite entre nous une amitié complice, et, avec l'impétuosité de la jeunesse nous fonçâmes allégrement dans le ventre mou des Arts. Ostende, à cette époque, était une ville extraordinaire [ ] En 1927, aventure mirobolante Tu inventes le CLUB DU CINÉMA d'OSTENDE, un des premiers du genre. J'en suis nommé pompeusement le Secrétaire Général. [ ] Et puis, en 1929, ce fut LA MORT DE VENUS, ton premier court métrage de fiction, tourné sur la plage avec une ravissante autrichienne, un colonel en retraite et moi-même. Hélas, il ne reste que quelques rarissimes photographies de cette œuvre historique malheureusement perdue. Je cesserai maintenant d'égrener ces quelques souvenirs très anciens. Les nombreux films que tu as réalisés depuis sont tous ici 'en chair et en os' illustrant magnifiquement ton soixante dixième anniversaire et tes cinquante ans de cinéma. [ ]" (7. V. 1977). - James Ensor (1860-1949) was a Belgian painter and printmaker. Bookseller Inventory # 33955

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Original drawing on autograph postcard signed ("Georgette et René Magritte").

Magritte, René, Belgian surrealist artist (1898-1967).

Published by N. p., 1955. (1955)

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Item Description: N. p., 1955., 1955. 148:112 mm. A New Year's greeting, showing a tree and some leaves, executed in black and green colour. Bookseller Inventory # 31923

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Collection of 23 original press photos, 30 private photos, and 8 postcard-size halftone images.

Saudi Arabia - 30 years of diplomacy and oil].

Published by Mostly Saudi Arabia, but including France, London, Washington, and Cairo, 1932-1960s. (1960)

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Item Description: Mostly Saudi Arabia, but including France, London, Washington, and Cairo, 1932-1960s., 1960. Various formats, ranging from ca. 13 x 180 cm to ca. 20 x 25 cm. Variously captioned on the reverse. Includes six images of HRH Prince (and later King) Faisal, inspecting tanks in France in 1932, visiting Scotland Yard in 1945 (with Sheikh Hafiz Wahba), meeting American ladies at an Aramco venue (again with Sheikh Hafiz Wahba, with another photo of Saudi royalty on the same occasion), meeting Eisenhower and Dulles in the White House in 1953, and pointing out an object to his nine-year-old son; others show Sheikh Hafiz Wahba at a UN conference in the late 1940s and a scene of 1950s Saudi-Egyptian diplomacy. Other images show HRH Prince Saud in Versailles (c. 1950?); King Saud visiting New York (with his six-year-old son, Prince Mashhour) in 1957; arriving at Freiburg, Germany (where his daughter was being treated for burns) in 1959; and visiting President Nasser in Cairo that same year. One shows the legendary boxer Muhammad Ali at a Chicago restaurant with members of the Saudi royal family in 1975. Six others are dedicated to Aramco's oil fields and harbour facilities in Saudi Arabia, while the three final ones are portraits of Dr. Ibrahim Obaid with his family and the technical director of the Saudi Petroleum Ministry, Ahmed Ghazzawi. A set of 20 smaller prints, privately taken snapshots, shows Western (probably American) businessmen at a Saudi Arabian lunch, handling rigging equipment, and with Siemens machinery in Jeddah (including a portrait of Mohamed Abdullah Alijussuf), while ten additional, larger private photos show Aramco exploration and personnel in the Saudi-Arabian desert (some with ink captions in English). The halftone images show HRH King Abdulaziz ibn Saud on a state visit to Egypt, sometimes shown with Abdel Rahman Azzam (probably 1945, during the founding days of the Arab League). Bookseller Inventory # 31464

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Item Description: Palm Springs: No Publisher, 1957. Kein Einband. Book Condition: Wie neu. Ohne Schutzumschlag. 1. Auflage. Superb original picture postcard written and sent by Chandler from Palms Springs to his publisher Hamish Hamilton in London. Postmarked Palm Springs: 24th December 1957. A "Giant Post Card" with "Greetings from Palm Springs" printed on the front over a picture of Palm Springs Plaza sent by Chandler to his publisher in London. In fine condition apart from some slight creasing and two punch holes, only affecting the letters "ut" in "but" and the first "l" in "alcoholic" in the second last line. This gem is as good as it gets: Address ("Hamish Hamilton, Esq., / 90(50?) Great Russell St., / London, W.C. 1, / England.") and text written entirely in Chandler's hand. The text reads as follows: "Dear Jamie: Here are so few of these oversized nonsenses that I may have sent you this one before. But don't kick me, I'm old and weak. Thanks for letter which I shall answer very soon. Went to a party last night at a home which is the ideal setting for the 8 million dollar girl Marlowe is going to be married to in my next after the one I am finishing up. They'll have a hell of a time squabbling. The party was elaborate but the same old thing. Elaborate catering and decorations, but the same loud empty alcoholic voices. Love to all. Ray." Note that "Jamie" is how friends called Hamish (Hamilton). At the time and as mentioned in the text, Chandler was putting the finishing touches on his novel Playback, which ends with Linda Loring ("the 8 million dollar girl" of The Long Good-Bye fame) calling Marlowe and asking him to marry her. This is the first time Chandler mentions marriage and the setting for the beginning of his last novel The Poodle Springs Story. This is the only time we have ever seen Marlowe's name in Chandler's handwriting. Also, we know of no other text of this length and content entirely in Chandler's hand. This item part of our Catalogue 9, which you can download at ygrbooks.ch. Signatur des Verfassers. Bookseller Inventory # 009049

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