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#620 - Franz Kafka

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Exceedingly rare note from the trip that inspired ‘The Aeroplanes at Brescia’

Rare ANS in pencil in German, signed “Dr. F. Kafka,” one page on a 5.5 x 3.5 postcard depicting Lago di Garda in Punta San Vigilio, postmarked September 14, 1909. Letter to Josefine Misek, in full (translated): “Just a last greeting before my personal obeisance.” In fine condition, with postal cancellation passing through the text but not affecting readability.

Since their initial meeting in 1902 at Charles University, where both were students, Franz Kafka and Max Brod met almost daily, building their now famous literary friendship. Taking frequent trips together, the budding authors traveled to Italy in the fall of 1909, whence Kafka sent this postcard to Josefine Misek, his colleague at Workers’ Accident Insurance Institute. While in Brescia, they saw a spectacular airshow attended by the legendary Louis Bleriot; the next day, Kafka began work on his essay ‘The Aeroplanes at Brescia,’ a portion of which was published in the newspaper Bohemia later that month—one of his first published pieces. An extraordinarily rare piece with excellent biographic and literary associations. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

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