Auction 42 - Rare and Important Items

Theodor Herzl – Handwritten Letter – Hamburg, 1890

Opening: $4,500
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A letter, handwritten by Herzl, signed and dated – Hamburg, October 24, 1890. German.
Addressed to a "Dear Friend". Written on "Hamburger Hof" Hotel stationery. The letter opens with Herzl explaining that he writes from Hamburg where he stays for "irritating rehearsals" (probably for the play "The Lady in Black"). Herzl continues and writes that he is trying to clear a matter with his friend Hasemann and that he will continue writing poetry. Herzl says that "presently too many matters turn in his head”. Herzl asks his friend to send letters to the address “4 Jahrezeiten” and eight days later to his address in Vienna, and finally signs “T. Herzl”.
The play “The Lady in Black” [Die Dame in Schwarz], composed in cooperation with Hugo Wittmann, was performed in 1890 in the Burgtheater in Vienna and was not positively received by theater critics.
Leaf, 22 cm. Good condition. A horizontal folding mark in the center (with minor tears at the edges, restored). Tears at all four corners, some restored (slight damage to the end of Herzl’s signature).
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