Lot 691: Eminent German poet (1797–1856), one of the leading literary figures of the Romantic era, whose verses were set to music by such composers as Schubert, Mendelssohn, Schumann, Brahms, Wolf, Strauss, and Wagner. Rare ALS in French, signed "Henri Heine," one page, 5.25 x 8.25, April 18, no year. Letter to Countess Merlin, who ran a famous salon in Paris the 1830s, in full (translated): "I accept with much pleasure your invitation, for which I am most grateful. It is a marvelously kind and generous gesture to remember from time to time this poor German bear who shuns society and who would well deserve to be forgotten. I would not fear to exaggerate if I say you are as good as you are beautiful." Subtle foxing, slight paper loss to upper right corner, and slight brushing to a single word, otherwise fine condition. Acutely aware of his own talent and growing fame, the stylized humility of this letter—by the "poor German bear" deserving of being forgotten–is a remarkable piece from the literary master. With the added association to Countess Merlin, a prominent player in artistic Parisian circles, this is an exceptional, rare letter.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 456
Wednesday, 15th July 2015
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