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488. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.

German writer, scientist, and philosopher (1749–1832) who takes a place among the central intellectual and artistic figures of his day. His poetry and dramatic works provided source material for Beethoven, Schubert, and Berlioz, among others. Rare and highly desirable LS in German, signed “Goethe,” one page, 6.5 x 2.5, March 4, 1831. Untranslated note ordering an official Weimar state calendar from 1792. Matted and framed by Goodspeed’s Book Shop in Boston, with a portrait of Goethe, to an overall size of 12 x 16. Moderate scattered overall foxing, not at all affecting the legibility of the bold text and signature, otherwise fine condition. An uncommon and highly sought after signature. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/ PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.…(MB $500)

“I waited up to hear FDR’s speech” 489. Dashiell Hammett. American novelist (1894–1961) best known for detective and mystery classics such as the Sam Spade series (including The Maltese Falcon) and The Thin Man. Uncommon TLS signed in pencil, “SDH,” one page, 8 x 10.5, March 1, 1945. Letter to Prudence Whitfield. In part: “This isn’t likely to run to any great length. It’s fairly late in the morning and I didn’t get to bed yesterday and my antique eyes are heavy. I waited up to hear FDR’s speech, which wasn’t broadcast till kind of late, and then Vilhjalmur Stefansson, who’s temporarily in these parts, came in for a while to talk and then, what with one thing and another, the day had gone and I was still in an at least a partially upright position…I haven’t got much of anything you could call news. Things happen, I reckon, but I’m never there… not at the right time anyhow.” In fine condition, with intersecting folds and an ink notation to the upper left corner. RR Auction COA.…(MB $200)

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