Lot 675: ALS in German, one page, 7 x 4.5, August 20, 1894. Letter to the German author Julius Elias, urging German impresarios to use only translations authorized by himself for the performance of his works. In fine condition, with intersecting folds (two vertical folds lightly passing through letters of the signature). Accompanied by the original mailing envelope addressed in his own hand. Elias was a German art historian, literary historian, and translator, perhaps best known as the co-publisher of fourteen volumes of Ibsen's works translated to German. Ibsen was fluent in German and often insisted on checking and revising the German translations of his plays to ensure their quality. At the time of this letter Ibsen was writing the play Little Eyolf, which premiered in Berlin on January 12, 1895. A desirable letter from one of the greatest figures in world literature that directly concerns the international perception of his works.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 458
Wednesday, 12th August 2015
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