Lot 360: King of Bavaria (born 1756) from 1806 until his death in 1825. Handwritten letter in French, unsigned, four pages on two adjoining sheets, 5.25 x 8, no date. A corrected draft letter written to his French teacher Hippolyte Dore, who is on holiday at the spa of Karlsbad. The teacher's rigorous corrections change the young student's good wishes into more neutral phrases: the travel companion "Fortuna" is deleted, while the poetic "genie" attested to Dore is replaced with "talent." Maximilian also describes his visit to a shooting ground in Mauer near Vienna, as well as the mysterious murder of a coachman (translated), "we discovered the first traces of blood…but the unfortunate corpse was found on the iron bridge leading to Penzing Hitzinger, the body was pierced by two stab wounds." Much of Maximillian's writing neatly bisected by the teacher's hand, a small red wax seal remnant to first page, trivial creasing, and show-through from writing to opposing sides, otherwise fine condition.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 458
Wednesday, 12th August 2015
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