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    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Autograph Letter Signed in German "Goethe". One page, 7.5" x 9.5", np, September 27, 1816, ink. The letter reads, according to the English translation accompanying the letter, in full: "Honrable Sir: I should have thanked you long ago for your affeftion and your works to which I have paid sympathetical attention. Should I excuse those failures I would have to think of many painful and unpleasant things; I shall rather forward at once a contribution which will instruct you and mat be useful to your needs. Should you want to leave some of the curious presentations in copper I would advise you to select a symbolic alphabet; for example, Emperor, Judge, Possession, Property, etc. The orders are coming in again and again. Therefore, you will have enough stimuli for the preparatory work; however, I will not be able to go over the latter one again. Would you indicate what you intend to use thereof, for then I would be stimulated to add something here and there. In order that the transmission will not be held up any further, my best wishes for your well-being. Sincerely, Goethe. Weimar, September 27, 1816". Also accompanied by an engraving of Goethe from a photograph by Bruckmann of Munich. At the time this letter was written, Goethe was busy editing a journal Ueber Kunst and Altertum (On Art and Antiquity), which he edited for the rest of his days. 1816 was also the year his wife, Christiane Vulpius died. A rare and lengthy letter from the legendary author of Faust, and the man George Eliot once described as "Germany's greatest man of letters...and the last true polymath to walk the earth."

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