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#343 - Ludwig Wittgenstein

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The renowned philosopher seeks information on a wartime friend

Highly influential Austrian-British philosopher (1889–1951) whose greatest contributions were in the fields of logic, philosophy of mathematics, and language. ALS in German, one page both sides, 5 x 6.25, September 11, 1950. Letter to Betty Gaun, longtime housekeeper to the Wittgenstein family. In part (translated): “Thank you for your kind letter & for sending the fur coat. I intend to travel to Norway in a month and hope that the coat will arrive by then. Perhaps I can come to Vienna in spring, but of course I will not be able to stay at Alleegasse. Unfortunately! But I do hope that I will see you then. If you should happen to see my sister, or friends, then please give them my regards, & also Magda. And now another request: please send me Mr. Drobil’s address. I have forgotten it & would like to send him something.” In fine condition. Wittgenstein had become acquainted with the sculptor Michael Drobil (1877–1958) during their days together at a prisoner-of-war camp in Italy at the end of World War I. He introduced Drobil to his sister Hermine, who commissioned several works including a sculpture for the hallway of their parents’ palace at Alleegasse. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

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