Lot 218: German philosopher, theologian, poet, and literary critic (1744–1803) associated with the periods of Enlightenment, Sturm und Drang, and Weimar Classicism. His most important work came in the fields of comparative philology and cultural anthropology, particularly in studying the concepts of nationality and patriotism. ALS in German, unsigned, three pages on two adjoining sheets, 7.5 x 9, August 8, 1799. Untranslated letter to Geheimen Finanz-Rath, whose son he had met a few years prior, asking him to intercede in a matter on his own son's behalf. Herder's son Sigismund August Wolfgang was a geologist and mineralogist who later became chief mining captain of Saxony. Fragile central vertical and horizontal folds with partial separations, one-quarter of the last page excised and absent, scattered stains and creases, and show-through from writing to opposing sides, otherwise very good condition.
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