Lot 687: German poet, dramatist, novelist and short story writer (1777-1811). ALS in German, signed "Heinrich," one page, 7.25 x 5, March 14, 1803. Conclusion of Kleist's letter to his sister Ulrike of March 13/14, 1803. In full (translated): "And now kiss on my behalf every finger of my eternally honourable aunt! And, as they stand in a row like organ pipes, kiss them all from the tallest to the least, the little mouse [his four-month-old niece Ottlie von Pannwitz] carved from an appleseed! But a single word from you, and before you know it I shall be rolling around in your living room with happiness. Adieu! Adieu! Adieu! O you my very dearest!" Reverse bears a contemporary provenance notation in German by Ida Jochmus (translated): "I acquired the above handwriting of Heinrich von Kleist through his sister Ulrike." In fine condition, with moderate uniform toning. Ulrike treasured the letters from her brother and protected his privacy; when approached by those editing an edition of her brother's letters, she offered little input, occasionally providing them with burnt parts of his correspondence. Little is known of Ida Jochmus except that she was a Berlin resident-possibly a neighbor of the Kliests-and seems to have been close to the conservative Hegelian circle in her later years. This extremely rare fragment can be traced back to 1883, when it was offered by Viennese dealer S. Austerlitz; it changed hands at auction over the course of the next few years before disappearing for nearly a century.
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Friday, 23rd October 2015
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