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    Sale 7590

    Valuable Manuscripts and Printed Books

    4 June 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 102

    EINSTEIN, Albert (1879-1955). Autograph letter signed ('A. Einstein') to his first wife, Mileva, n.p., 12 December 1914, 1½ pages, 4to, bifolium.

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    EINSTEIN, Albert (1879-1955). Autograph letter signed ('A. Einstein') to his first wife, Mileva, n.p., 12 December 1914, 1½ pages, 4to, bifolium.

    A BITTER SUSPICION THAT MILEVA IS BLOCKING COMMUNICATION WITH HIS CHILDREN. Einstein has confirmed that he had fully paid for the removal expenses, with exception only of tips and storage charges, which Mileva was to pay. He goes on to set down his proposed maintenance payments to Mileva and the children of 5,600 marks in quarterly installments, provided his income does not diminish from its present level. Einstein concludes with greetings to the children and the sour comment 'As long as Albert has not answered my letter, I must assume that it was not given to him. Otherwise I would write to him again [Solange Albert meinen Brief nicht beantwortet hat, muss ich annehmen, dass er ihm nicht gegeben wurde. Sonst würde ich ihm nochmals schreiben]'. This is followed by an unusually formal signature, with initial and surname and without the usual greeting, before Einstein returns to the subject, with marked bitterness, in a postscript: 'Greetings from me to the children do not seem to be passed on, otherwise they would have sent greetings to me over the course of time. It is therefore actually pointless for me to renew them each time [Grüsse von mir an die Kinder scheinen nicht ausgerichtet zu werden, sonst würden sie mich in der langen Zeit auch einmal haben grüssen lassen. Es ist also eigentlich zwecklos, dieselben jedesmal zu erneuern]'. A last paragraph concerns some details of the disposition of household goods.

    Einstein was appointed director of the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute in Berlin and professor of theoretical physics at the University of Berlin early in 1914; Mileva and the children joined him in April, but returned to Zurich after 3 months; the Einsteins began divorce proceedings later in the same year.


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