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#219 - Arthur Schopenhauer

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The celebrated philosopher directs an antiquarian to some “valuable specimens”

ALS in German, one page, 8.5 x 10.5, February 26, 1853, Frankfurt am Main. Letter to auctioneer Johann Friedrich Lippert, regarding the payment of an invoice. In part (translated): “You failed to instruct me to whom I am to send payment for the books received…I have no access to autographs. A year ago I saw several valuable specimens in the shop window on the 'Zeil' road. St. Goar or Hermann Booksellers will be able to tell you exactly where. I do not know.” Reverse bears an address panel in another hand and also bears a paper seal remnant. Intersecting folds, one through a single letter of signature, show-through from stamps on reverse, paper loss to bottom edge from seal, and some light creasing and wrinkling, otherwise fine condition.

Enjoying his newfound celebrity following the 1851 publication of his Parerga and Paralipomena, Schopenhauer kept the company of several notable book dealers and collectors throughout Germany. Settling up an account with Johann Lippert, manager of the Halle Book Auctions, and responding to an inquiry regarding autographs, Schopenhauer refers him to “St. Goar or Hermann Booksellers”—two men who had previously published his own volumes. An excellent letter from the brilliant philosopher. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA.

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