Lot 322: Benito Mussolini

RR Auction

2015-10-29 11:33:36

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Lot 322: Early ALS in Italian, signed "Mussolini," one page, 5.25 x 8.25, President of the Council of Ministers letterhead, February 6, 1925. Letter to writer Matilde Serao, in full (translated): "Thank you for your beautiful and kind letter. I am sending in a separate envelope the Blasco Ibanez pamphlet and the portrait that you asked me for, with great pleasure. I am not writing an article because I am illiterate, but I will take you to Fregene; visiting there is beautiful. I kiss your hands." Central vertical and horizontal folds, scattered creases, and faint mirroring of ink, otherwise fine condition. Accompanied by the original mailing envelope addressed in Mussolini's hand; front and back of envelope are separated. Serao founded Il Mattino in 1892, which became the most important and widely read daily newspaper of southern Italy; although she published some pieces in opposition to the fascist government, they later reconciled. Mussolini must be referring to the politically active Spanish novelist Vicente Blasco Ibanez, who in January had published an anti-royalist pamphlet entitled 'Alfonso the Thirteenth, and the Military Terror in Spain.' An interesting association piece connecting prominent writers to international politics. RR Auction's Fine Autographs & Artifacts Friday, 23rd October 2015 Estimate: $400-600
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