Lot 234: ALS in Chinese, two pages, 8 x 10.5, April 27, 1957, signed at the conclusion. Letter to Comrade Lan Yu. In full (translated): "Sister Xiaochao told me that you are recuperating from illness near West Lake, and asked me to visit you when I am in this area. The first day after arriving here, I had been asking for your information (but) didn't find out until yesterday that you were staying at a friend's house behind the mountain.I'm asking someone to deliver this message to you. Please tell me how your condition is and if you can come out for a walk. Please tell me the truth if you are unable to move. Looking forward to your recovery and wishing you well." Each page is numerically stamped in the upper left corner and affixed to a separate 12.25 x 17.5 cardstock sheet. Light toning, a tear to the bottom edge of the first page, and a chip to the upper left corner tip of the second page, otherwise fine condition.A brilliant statesman, Chou En-lai served as premier of China from 1949 until his death in 1976. During the period of this letter he also held the position of foreign minister, serving in that capacity for nearly a decade. A strong advocate for peaceful coexistence, he played an enormous role in strengthening China's relations with the West, participating in the 1954 Geneva Conference and the 1955 Bandung Conference. In 1957, he also helped mediate Polish and Hungarian conflicts with the Soviet Union. Letters such as this by Chou En-lai are incredibly rare—this being the first we have seen—and of the utmost desirability.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 456
Wednesday, 15th July 2015
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