Lot 193: German philosopher and cultural critic (1892–1940) who made enduring and influential contributions to aesthetic theory and Western Marxism. Substantial archive of Benjamin family correspondence, comprising eighteen letters totaling thirty-nine pages, including one ALS by Walter Benjamin, eight ALSs by Georg Benjamin, three ALSs by Georg's fiancee Grete Kliem, and six ALSs by her friend Lisabeth. Most important is the ALS in German by Walter Benjamin, signed "Walter," one page, 4.5 x 7, January 21, 1923. In full (translated): "When your message arrived I once more noticed how undeveloped is my female intuition as to matters of marriage and engagement, for had I possessed only a minor quantity I might well have guessed at the reason for your frequent trips to Hagen. The more surprised I am, the more cordially I wish you and your future wife every happiness with your decision. I hope it will not be long before we see the both of you at our place.
Dora will remain here for some time yet; her recuperation is naturally slow, but it is steady. Still, the doctor has ordered rest for a long period. At present Stefan is with us up here; unfortunately the flu was rampant in the sanitarium, and he was in bed with it for a short while, as was I. But he's quite well again. Since today the winter weather is splendid with sunshine, so I will also stay a little longer. I work here as well as I can, preparing the publication of my late friend's archive.
The news from Germany is certainly as dismal as can be. May you trust in your own strength and not let your happy days be diminished; please give your fiancee my kindest regards." In overall fine condition. A remarkable archive of material of scholarly importance.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 453
Sunday, 17th May 2015
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