Lot 695: Van Swieten Gerard



2015-07-10 15:43:14

Lot 695: Van Swieten Gerard: (1700-1772) Dutch-Austrian Physician. Personal Physician And Librarian To The Austrian Empress Maria Theresa. Van Swieten Is Also Remembered For His Important Work In The Fight Against Superstition, Particularly In The Case Of Vampires, During The Enlightenment. An Interesting Manuscript D.S., Van Swieten, Three Pages, 4To, N.P. (Vienna), 12Th May 1765, In French. The Holograph Document, Prepared For Empress Maria Theresa, Is Headed Note Concerning The Professorship Of Anatomy, Which Is Vacant Since The Death Of Professor Gasser And States, In Part, €˜There Were Six Applicants For This Position. After A Long Deliberation On The Personal Qualities Of Each Of Them With Kesler, We Decided That….Two Deserved Consideration. Matheus Collin Luxembourger. He Is 31, And Graduated Here In Vienna With High Distinction….And He Often Studies Tirelessly. Antonius Hirsh Who Is The Son Of The Doctor Of The Same Name, Who Has Been Practicing For A Long Time In The City. He Was Born In Vienna, Is 21 Years, And Graduated Here In Vienna With High Distinction. This Young Man Has Promise, If He Continues As He Began. I Asked Collin To Give Us A Lesson On Anatomy….Behind Closed Doors. Kesler And I Were The Only Listeners In Order Not To Expose The Applicant If He Did Not Succeed. I Asked The Same Of Hirsh….Exactly The Same Way. We Both Unanimously Felt That Collin Was Preferable Both For Anatomic Science And For The Way He Expressed Himself. For This Reason, I Have The Honour Of Proposing Collin For The Vacant Position. However Prudence Still Demands To Take Some Precautions. After The Feast Of Pentecost, To Make Him Teach Lessons On Osteology, Which Is The Basis Of Anatomy….With Full Freedom To Fire Him If He Did Not Give Satisfaction. His Age And His Hard Work Give Me Great Hope….If He Succeeds, We Could Give Him Title….Including The Annual Wage Of 1500F, As Your Majesty Has Granted To The Professorship Of Anatomy…€™ To The Right Margin Of The Third Page Empress Maria Theresa Has Added An Endorsement, In The Form Of An A.N.S., With Her Initials, €˜Placet’, Consenting To Van Swieten’S Recommendation. Some Light, Extremely Minor Age Toning To The Head Of The Pages, Otherwise Vg Maria Theresa (1717-1780) Holy Roman Empress 1745-65, Archduchess Of Austria, Queen Of Hungary And Croatia 1740-80. International Autograph Auctions' Autograph Auction July 2015 Saturday, 18th July 2015 Estimate: £600 - 800
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