Lot 198: Czech-Austrian pacifist and novelist (1843-1914) who became the first woman awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1905. Lengthy AMS in pencil, signed at the top, "Bertha v. Suttner," ten pages, 8.25 x 13.25, no date but circa 1901. Complete draft for a political essay written for a magazine, entitled "Was ich Dammern Sehe [What I See at Dawn]." In part (translated): "It is night. At this hour even deeper, blacker night than usual. Because it is black clouds have massed in the firmament and in the lowlands and ravines rise to smoldering fumes. I speak of our present. To proceed without metaphors: we are instantly surrounded by events and conditions which are dripping with ugliness and baseness, of misery and dangers. How leaps ready predators, with outstretched claws, so are the so-called civilized countries in Europe today...Africa, trampled by tenfold superiority, two republics to the ground, you defended to the last man home, a devastated burned hut-and nobody, nobody who came mediator, merciful to their aid...In spite of everything: the soil is rich and beautiful with each passing day. Three fairies-science, art, technology-spread, from inexhaustible cornucopia, always new treasures out of order-if it goes on like this-to transform the vale of tears into a paradise." Suttner makes several emendations throughout the text. In very good condition, with central vertical and horizontal folds, scattered soiling, and numerous small edge tears.
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