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#747 - Paul Wittgenstein

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Rare letter by the one-armed Wittgenstein

Concert pianist (1887–1961) and older brother of philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein who, after losing his right arm in World War I, devised novel techniques to play pieces previously regarded as impossible for a five-fingered pianist. TLS in German, one page both sides, 8.5 x 11, personal letterhead, February 19, 1951. Letter to Betty Gaun, longtime housekeeper to the Wittgenstein family. In part (translated): "As Mr. Lichtenegger will have said, I agree with the recommended distribution of furniture. However, I have had the desire, namely that you should receive a picture of your own request as a keepsake apart from the furniture. In your case I thought to myself, you should get one of the flower paintings which are hung in my porcelain room on the 1st floor of Argentinierstrasse…You should at least choose a few from the Raulino (Mr. Lichtenegger will show you)." Wittgenstein also made a couple handwritten corrections to the text. In fine condition, with intersecting folds (one vertical fold passing through a single letter of the signature). Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

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