Lot 318: Founder and first President of Czechoslovakia (1850–1937). Two letters to British journalist Annie Christitch: an ALS, signed "T. G. Masaryk," one page, January 12, 1933, in part: "A stupid grippe didn't allow me, to send a letter, the doctor feared the contagiousness"; and an ALS signed "T. G. Masaryk," four pages on two adjoining sheets, Savoy Westendt Hotel letterhead, November 22, 1933, in part: "We have in Prague Mestrovich & his exhibition; I'm told they don't like in Belgrad that he is accepted by us so well. My dear Catholic friend: peccatur intra et extra muros [failures inside and outside the walls]—the Croatians have no able leader, the Serbians either, as you say. About the King I have no opinion, how able he is. I think the Serbians are good soldiers, but they lack in administrative skillfulness; the Croatians are a bit conceited, that they have a higher culture than their Serbian brethren; and unhappily they had from the beginning no leaders. Radic was, poor fellow, shortsighted physically & mentally; not seeing sharply the contours of men & kings he was mentally unclear & fantastic." In fine condition, with small edge separations to the horizontal mailing fold of the longer letter. Accompanied by the original hand-addressed transmittal envelopes.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 453
Sunday, 17th May 2015
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