Lot 462: Finnish military leader and statesman (1867-1951). Large archive of untranslated Mannerheim family correspondence consisting of over 150 letters, including five autograph items by Carl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim, thirteen by his brother Johan, forty-one by his sister Eva, and one hundred and three by his sister Sophie, along with a few photographs. Highlights include Mannerheim's handwritten draft for his resignation as regent of Finland, entitled "Mina Herrer," unsigned, five pages, 8.5 x 10.75, no date but circa 1919; a typed draft with three lines of corrections in Mannerheim's hand, unsigned, one page, 8.75 x 14, no date but circa 1936, for remarks on the occasion of the funeral of King George; and a carbon copy TLS signed in fountain pen, "Mannerheim," one page, 8.25 x 11.75, July 1941, written to Erik van Rosen on behalf of an imprisoned Polish count; an ALS signed "G. M." on a postcard portrait, June 7, 1936; and a matte-finish 6 x 8.5 portrait of Mannerheim, signed and inscribed in ink, and dated 1914. The letters from members of his family encompass a period of nearly four decades. In overall very good to fine condition. Mannerheim was the most important military leader in winning the Finnish Civil War of 1918, but the following year resigned from his positions in the military and as regent because of political disagreements and the pro-German stance of his opponents. At the end of World War II he was elected president of Finland, serving from 1944 to 1946. He is largely considered the greatest Finn of all time, and this veritable trove presents an extraordinary opportunity for further research.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs & Artifacts
Friday, 23rd October 2015
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