ALS in German, signed "A. Einstein," one page, 8.5 x 11, October 4, 1929. Letter to Nicholas Murray Butler, in part (translated): "I turn to you as Pres. of the Carnegie Foundation. A Viennese author H. Kanner has written a book which is destined to play an important role in the dissemination of the idea of world peace. Enclosed is an excerpt from the work…it is primarily intended for teachers of history. Would the Carnegie Foundation be prepared to provide funds for the publication and distribution of such a work? Compared to the potential for extraordinary success, the cost would be very slight (not more than 20,000 marks). I am convinced that such an undertaking, despite its moderate cost would do honor to the Carnegie Foundation…I've heard that the work has been very favorably received by the Prussian Ministry of Education. This must be because the book very effectively serves the idea of world peace, without offending sensibilities." In fine condition, with small staple holes to the upper left corner and a rusty paperclip impression to the left edge. Accompanied by the retained carbon copy of Butler's response. An especially notable letter as it comes from an early period in Einstein's humanitarian work and connects two Nobel Prize winners-Einstein won the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics, and Butler received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1931.
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