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#202 - Arthur Schopenhauer

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Schopenhauer’s wallet

Important and highly influential German philosopher (1788–1860) best known for his often pessimistic works exploring the nature of reality, will, and desire. Arthur Schopenhauer’s personally-owned and -used leather wallet, measuring 6 x 3.75, with a lovely exterior of pressed red Russia leather, two interior compartments with pockets of soft yellow glace leather, and lined in azure moire silk. A thin sheath for a pencil is in the center and the compartment on the right side bears a metal bar to secure the pocket’s flap. The wallet shows extensive wear throughout and would seem to have been in Schopenhauer’s personal and constant use for many years [cf. Hans Zint, ‘Eine Brieftasche Schopenhauers,’ in: Schopenhauer-Jahrbuch XVII, 1930, p. 177]. In very good condition, with various stains and soiling, marks to the exterior, and some chipping to edges. From the estate of Schopenhauer’s longtime friend Johann August Becker, who had received it from Schopenhauer’s executor Wilhelm Gwinner in 1871.

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