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#699 - Friedrich Schiller

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Excessively rare letter sending a critical review of a fellow playwright

German poet, philosopher, and playwright (1759–1805) who had a productive relationship with Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. Exceedingly rare ALS in German, signed “Schiller,” one page, 7.25 x 4.5, circa November 1788. Untranslated letter to German economist and jurist Gottlieb Hufeland, the editor-in-chief of Allgemeine Literatur-Zeitung (the General Literature Newspaper), transmitting a review of playwright Carlo Goldoni’s autobiography. Red wax seal remnants remain affixed to left corners. Central vertical fold, subtle diagonal crease affecting the very end of the signature’s paraph, superficial paper loss to upper right corner tip, tiny tear to left edge, and moderate show-through from ink notations to reverse, otherwise fine condition.

When Gottlieb Hufeland began teaching at Jena in 1788, Schiller agreed to write for the university’s Allgemeine Literatur-Zeitung, offering a number of well-received reviews, most notably those of Goethe’s Egmont and of Burger’s poems. Still somewhat shaken from the harsh reception of his last play, Don Carlos, he shied away from poetic work during this time, instead consuming himself with historical and critical articles. Offering the second part of his two-part review of Italian playwright Carlo Goldoni’s autobiography (the first part of which appeared in Christoph Wieland’s Teutscher Merkur, another publication that frequently showcased his work), this is an extraordinarily rare letter involving the work that consumed this period of the great poet’s new life in Weimar. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

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