Lot 747: Soviet composer (1906–1975) whose fifteen symphonies occupy a place of central performance in the orchestral literature of the twentieth century. ALS, in Russian, signed "D. Shostakovich," one page both sides, 5.5 x 6.25, April 7, 1944. Letter reads, in full, (translated): "Boris Dmitrievich Nahodkin is my doctor for a few years met with Nahodkin in 1937. Since then with any illness I would come to him for the help. Since I moved to Moscow he's taken care of me, my wife, kids, and mother. He's always correct in diagnostic and effective in treatment. Especially I have to point out his help to my wife, who's got kidney disease and he cured her. He's also very good in kids' diseases. Recently my kids have whooping-cough, which is known as a long and painful disease. Comrade Nahodkin make them recover fast and easy year ago my son suffered with bloody diarrhea and again he helped him. I am convincingly asking you to give com. Nahodkin a private practice, because with all his activity he will help the sick and bring them back to health and work." In fine condition, with some light toning and a bit of scattered soiling.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 453
Sunday, 17th May 2015
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