Lot 317: French philosopher and Jesuit priest who trained as a paleontologist and geologist and took part in the discovery of Peking Man (1881–1955). Lengthy AQS in French, one page, 7.75 x 10.5, no date. Teilhard pens a lengthy excerpt from a prayer in his important work Le Milieu Divin. In full (translated): "When the signs of age begin to mark my body (and still more when they touch my mind); when the ill that is to diminish me or carry me off strikes from without or is born within me; When the painful moment comes in which I suddenly awaken to the fact that I am ill or growing old; and above all at that last moment when I feel I am losing hold of myself and am absolutely passive within the hands of the great unknown forces that have formed me; in all these dark moments, O God, grant that I may understand that it is You (provided my faith is strong enough) who are painfully parting the fibers of my being in order to penetrate to the very marrow of my substance and bear me away within Yourself." In fine condition, with central vertical and horizontal folds.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 458
Wednesday, 12th August 2015
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