Lot 200: Controversial and prolific Austrian writer and philosopher (1861–1925) who founded such disciplines as anthroposophy, biodynamic agriculture, eurythmy, and Waldorf education. ALS in German, signed "Dr. Rudolf Steiner," one page, 5.5 x 8.75, May 4, 1900. Untranslated letter to Maximilian Harden, sending some corrections of an article by Ernst Horneffer about the Weimar Nietzsche Archive. Small edge chips and tears and overall toning, otherwise fine condition.
With her brother suffering the final throes of mental illness, Elisabeth Forster-Nietzsche moved with him to Weimer, where she began collecting his letters and philosophical writings—both published and unpublished—in 1893. To help her understand his work, she welcomed Steiner to their home and gave him unbridled access to the archives. In 1895, Steiner published Friedrich Nietzsche: Fighter for Freedom, one of the first books praising the philosopher's groundbreaking work. A scarce letter connecting two giants of the intellectual world.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 453
Sunday, 17th May 2015
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