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Döblin, Alfred. Berlin Alexanderplatz. Die Geschichte vom Franz Biberkopf. Berlin, S. Fischer, 1929. Berlin, S. Fischer, 1929. 8vo. 528, (6) pp., final blank. Original cloth with cover and spine title stamped in red, top edge red. Original dustjacket.

EUR 3,000.00

First edition of the famous novel of the German metropolis. Includes the rare, well-preserved original dustjacket by George Salter: the revolutionary visual design combined Döblin's specially written blurb with seemingly naive elements of poster art and advertising, creating a collage of word and image that mirrors the author's artistic principle of montage. The potential customer is made a reader before he has even opened the book (cf. S. Fischer Verlag, Marbach cat. 396). - Top edge slightly duststained. Insignificant edge flaws to the otherwise immaculate dustjacket. An uncommonly clean specimen from the estate of the Frankfurt lawyer Wilhelm A. Schaaf (1929-2015), a specialist in economic, commercial and insolvency law.
¶ WG² 24. Huguet 63. Raabe/Hannich-B. 58. 23. Schauer II, 125 (ill.).

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Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar
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Freud, Sigmund, founder of psychoanalysis (1856-1939). Cabinet photograph signed ("Sigm. Freud"). No place, c. 1930. No place, c. 1930. 222:165 mm.

EUR 35,000.00

The classic photograph of Freud with cigar in hand, taken by his son-in-law, the photographer Max Halberstadt. - With the blind stamp of Max Halberstadt, Hamburg, on the mount; signed by Freud across the mount; mount browned and starting to chip. - Provenance: Acquired from Dr Robert Riggall of Northumberland House, a private mental asylum in north London, by a colleague, thence by family descent.

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Inscribed to Gide
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Werfel, Franz. Die vierzig Tage des Musa Dagh. Berlin, Wien & Leipzig, Paul Zsolnay, 1933. Berlin, Wien & Leipzig, Paul Zsolnay, 1933. 8vo. 2 vols. 556, (4) pp. 583 pp. Publisher's original cloth with dustjackets and original slipcase.

Werfel's great novel about the Armenian genocide, and the last of his works published before he was driven into exile; it was banned in Germany in 1934. Inscribed by the author in German to André Gide (Nobel laureate in Literature in 1947) on the flyleaf of the first volume: "André Gide / with the greatest reverence / Franz Werfel / Vienna / 1933". - Slight edge chipping to slipcase; somewhat browned. Dustjackets slightly tanned at the spine, otherwise a very appealingly preserved, incribed copy with important provenance.
¶ WG² 47. Raabe/Hannich-Bode 330.33.

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Canetti, Elias. Die Blendung. Vienna, Reichner, 1936 (1935). Vienna, Reichner, 1936 (1935). 8vo. 560 pp. Original cloth illustrated by Alfred Kubin.

EUR 1,500.00

First edition of the author's first publication (preceded only by three translations of novales by Upton Sinclair). In 1981 Canetti was honoured with the Nobel Prize in Literature. - Spine tanned in places, otherwise an uncommonly clean copy. Provenance: from the estate of the Frankfurt lawyer Wilhelm A. Schaaf (1929-2015), a specialist in economic, commercial and insolvency law.
¶ WG² 4. Raabe (Kubin) 537.

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A hitherto unpublished letter to the Italian economist Piero Sraffa
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Wittgenstein, Ludwig, Austrian philosopher (1889-1951). Autograph letter signed. Cambridge, "East Rd.", "Tuesday" (completed by the addressee to "29.11.38"). Cambridge, "East Rd.", "Tuesday" (completed by the addressee to "29.11.38"). 4to 2¾ pp. on 2 ff.

EUR 12,500.00

To his friend, the influential Italian economist Piero Sraffa, a lecturer in economics at Cambridge, consulting him in financial matters: "When I saw you yesterday I said, I wanted to ask your advice about some thing today. Today however I forgot all about it, for obvious reasons. So I must ask it in writing as it's urgent. When I went to Norway about 2½ years ago I had a letter of credit issued to me by my bank [...] I took it to Bergen & got money there whenever I wanted it from the 'Bergens Kreditbank'. As I lived a days journey away from Bergen & didn't want to carry the letter of credit about with me I deposited it at the Kreditbank, & they just took it out when I came to them for money [...] When I left Norway last Christmas I didnt take the letter of credit out but left it in the bank in Bergen. Now my bank here wants me to write a letter to the bank in Bergen asking them to send me back my letter of credit [...] Now I don't know how to write to them [...]". - Wittgenstein had lived secluded in Norway in 1936-37, where he began writing the "Philosophical Investigations". Piero Sraffa was one of his most important conversational partners in Cambridge; in his preface to the "Philosophical Investigations" (1945) he pays tribute to "a teacher of this university, Mr. P. Sraffa, from whose criticism my thoughts have benefited for many years, and to whose inspiration the I owe the most consequential ideas of this work." - Unpublished. In "Ludwig Wittgenstein, Cambridge Letters", edited by B. McGuinness and G. H. v. Wright (1998), only a single letter from Sraffa to Wittgenstein is printed - "the other side of the correspondence [...] was long preserved by Sraffa but seems at present to be lost". - Slightly browned and some insignificant damage to edges.

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Matisse, Henri, French artist (1869-1954). Autograph letter signed. N. p., 4. XII. 1940. N. p., 4. XII. 1940. 4to. 2 pages.

EUR 9,500.00

To his friend, the French writer Henry de Montherlant. Matisse regrets not being able to receive him in the evening, as he has had a "spasm crisis which tired me much": "[...] mes journées sont souvent longues et le soir je dois renoncer à des visites qui prépareraient une nuit d'insomnie, d'autant plus certaine que visiteur serait plus intéressant. Aujourd'hui j'ai supporté un examen radiographique qui m'a brisé. En somme, je me trouve surtout en lutte avec les médecins [...] Ma fille que j'ai fait appeler m'aide heureusement dans cette lutte difficile et délicate. Au fond je me sens très bien, et aucune urgence ne me paraît indiquée. Comme je ne prends que des bouillies pour désenflammer l'intestin et des oranges (vitamines), j'ai forcé un peu trop sur les oranges, qui par leur aciditée m'ont dérangé l'intestin qui allait au mieux. Au lieu de reconnaître la cause vraie de ce petit accroc, les médecins y voient un motif de hâter l'intervention. Je ne les crois pas malhonnêtes mais simplement un peu trop excités à l'action. Le chirurgien est un père coupe toujours. Le médecin traitant est fils d'italiens et menacé par le nouveau régime a l'air de ne pas vouloir contrarier ce chirurgien établi solidement à Nice. Le 2e médecin est juif tremble dans ses culottes et se range de l'avis du plus fort. - Il a dit à ma fille, moi j'ouvrirais pour voir ce qu'il y a dedans. Au fond tout ça est rigolo. Il suffit de savoir se défendre - et pour ça je suis assez fort quand je ne fais pas de tableau - ce qui est le cas [...]".

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I became infected with a horror of totalitarianism: Describes his life and political beliefs while writing 'Nineteen-Eighty-Four'
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Orwell, George, British writer (1903-1950). Typed letter signed ("Geo. Orwell") with an autograph... insertion. Barnhill, Jura, Argyllshire, 26. VIII. 1947. Barnhill, Jura, Argyllshire, 26. VIII. 1947. 4to. 2½ pp. on 2 ff.

EUR 40,000.00

Highly important autobiographical statement, composed on the Isle of Jura while writing "1984", and but a week after narrowly escaping drowning in the notorious Corryvreckan Whirlpool. The three-page-letter to the editor Richard Usborne was written to furnish him with a sketch of his life and thought, in response to his enquiry: "[...] After leaving school I served five years in the Imperial Police in Burma, but the job was totally unsuited to me and I resigned [...] I am a widower with a son aged a little over 3 [...] I [have] started a novel which I hope to finish by the spring of 1948. I am trying not to do anything else while I get on with this [...] I mean to spend the winter in Jura this year, partly because I never seem to get any continuous work done in London, partly because I think it will be a little easier to keep warm here [...]". Orwell, of course, had a greater struggle to finish '1984' than he here anticipates, being admitted to hospital early in 1948, after only the first draft was ready, and further ruining his health in a race against time to finish the book. It was finally published on 8 June 1949, seven months before his death. - The longest part of this remarkable letter is devoted to the development of those political beliefs that inform and inspired his opus magnum: "[...] As to politics, I was only intermittently interested in the subject until about 1935, though I think I can say I was always more or less 'left.' In 'Wigan Pier' I first tried to thrash out my ideas. I felt, as I still do, that there are huge deficiencies in the whole conception of Socialism, and I was still wondering there was any other way out. After having a fairly good look at British industrialism at its worst, ie. in the mining areas, I came to the conclusion that it is a duty to work for Socialism even if one is not emotionally drawn to it, because the continuance of the present conditions is simply not tolerable, and no solution except some kind of collectivism is viable, because that is what the mass of people want. About the same time I became infected with a horror of totalitarianism, which indeed I already had in the form of hostility towards the Catholic Church. I fought for six months (1936-7) in Spain on the side of Government, and had the misfortune to be mixed up in the internal struggle on the Government side, which left me with the conviction that there is not much to choose between Communism and Fascism, though for various reasons I would choose Communism if there were no other choice open. I have been vaguely associated with Trotskyists and Anarchists, and more closely with the left wing of the Labour Party (the Bevan-Foot end of it) [...] But I have never belonged to a political party, and I believe that even politically I am more valuable if I record what I believe to be true and refuse to toe a party line [...]". Usborne was at the time assistant editor to Macdonald Hastings at The Strand, and was to go on to write two classic studies, "Clubland Heroes" (1953) and "Wodehouse at Work" (1961), as well as completing Wodehouse's last novel, "Sunset at Blandings" (1977). This milieu, that Usborne was to make his own, held its fascination for Orwell as well, as exemplified by his essays on "Boys' Weeklies" (1939) and "In Defence of P. G. Wodehouse" (1945). John Rodden, in his review of Peter Davison's important 2010 collection of Orwell's correspondence (cf. below) which first included this letter, writes that "Orwell [here] furnishes a thousand-word summary regarding the evolution of his thinking on the warring ideologies of the day. Most important is his remark that 'there is not much to choose between Communism and Fascism.' Despite Orwell's status as the leading literary Cold Warrior of the West, critics and historians have not claimed that Orwell viewed communism as an evil equivalent to Nazism and fascism - not even his conservative or neoconservative admirers. Thus the statement to Richard Usborne represents an unexpected revelation" (John Rodden, The Unexamined Orwell, p. 302). - Traces of folds and staplemarks (slight ruststains on p. 1). On headed stationery.
¶ First published in: Orwell: A Life in Letters (ed. by Peter Davison), 2010.

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Mann, Thomas. Der Erwählte. Roman. (New York, mimeographed by Wallenberg & Wallenberg for) S. Fischer, 1951. (New York, mimeographed by Wallenberg & Wallenberg for) S. Fischer, 1951. Large 4to (225 x 283 mm). 1 blank f., 313, (3) pp., final blank. Original green cloth with giltstamped red label to spine.

EUR 3,500.00

First edition. - Number 26 of 60 copies. The signed, limited edition was produced and published as a typescript in the USA to protect the American copyright. - Paper slightly toned as common. A near-immaculate copy. Provenance: from the estate of the Frankfurt lawyer Wilhelm A. Schaaf (1929-2015).
¶ WG² 121. Bürgin I, 89. Potempa D 11.1.

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In the auto, from the author
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Bernhard, Thomas. Frost. Frankfurt, Insel, 1963. Frankfurt, Insel, 1963. 8vo. 358 pp. Original cloth with blue spine label.

EUR 3,500.00

First edition of Bernhard's first novel. Punningly inscribed to the Hamburg pianist Ingrid Bülau, who had studied with him at the Mozarteum in Salzburg: "Im Auto / vom Autor / für Ingrid / Thomas / Jänner 64 / Hbg." - Provenance: from the estate of the Frankfurt lawyer Wilhelm A. Schaaf (1929-2015), a specialist in economic, commercial and insolvency law.
¶ WG (2. ed.) 7.

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De Kooning, Willem, Dutch-American artist (1904-1997). Autograph letter signed. East Hampton, NY, [19 May 1966]. East Hampton, NY, [19 May 1966]. Large 4to. ¾ p. With autograph envelope.

EUR 3,000.00

To the Greenwich Village bohemian Helen Elliott: "I did not see Hans Namuth this week-end, ... and I would not want to loose [!] the chance ... I mean not to be in your book, ... I would certainly regret it alright ... With names, with people like Camus, Dostoyesky [!] W. C. Fields ... It is very nice of you to remember me, ... and it will be nice to see you again [...]". - Helen Elliott (1925-1990) is best known for her love affair with Lucien Carr and friendships with Jack Kerouac and Alan Ginsberg. She has been identified as the characters Ruth Erickson in Kerouac's "Desolation Angels" and Eileen Weber in the expanded edition of his "Book of Dreams". - German-born American photographer Hans Namuth (1915-1990) was known for his portraits of architects and artists, notably a series of photographs depicting Jackson Pollock at work in his Long Island studio, which are reputed to have precipitated a change in Pollock’s artistic style. Throughout the 1950s and 1960s, Namuth photographed de Kooning and his work, most notably, his "Reclining Man", and chronicled his studio’s construction in Long Island’s East Hampton artist colony. - Written in blue ink on a folded sheet of lined yellow legal notepaper.

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