Lot 267: King of Bavaria from 1825 until the 1848 revolutions in the German states (1786–1868). ALS in German, signed "Ludwig," one page, 6.5 x 8.25, June 3, 1827. Letter to poet and dramatist August Graf von Platen "in Rome or Naples." In part (translated): "Honored by the young poets of the Fatherland…long ago I wanted to tell you personally that of all the poems received at my enthronement, I spoke only of that of Count von Platen with which I was very satisfied. This morning I read several of your poems from Rome and inquired about whether the author was still there, and heard of his presence in Naples, where these lines will be sent, or get to you in the 'Eternal City.' For us Germans it is Italy, especially Rome, the place where we can feel it best; all aspects of the soul are touched and it reverberates throughout life in the north." Addressed on the reverse of the second integral page in Ludwig's own hand. In fine condition, with intersecting folds (one vertical fold passing through a single letter of the signature).King Ludwig was a friend of von Platen and, upon taking the throne in 1825, he granted the poet indefinite leave for Italy and supported him with a pension. Invoking imagery from German legend, he wrote an ode honoring the new monarch: 'Looking back you see flames, war and murder / Yet gently you carry the pure sword on your belt / And stand as that devout Dietrich / Above the corpses of the Nibelungen.' Interestingly, Ludwig soon had an extension of the royal residence decorated with paintings depicting scenes from the Nibelungenlied, combining representations from the German-pagan dragon slaying myth with Christian iconography. A wonderful letter representing Ludwig's legacy as a patron of the arts.
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