BEETHOVEN, Ludwig van (1770-1827). Manuscript with autograph title, 'Nahmen der Autoren der schottischen Lieder', [Döbling, 3 July 1821], a numbered list of the song titles and authors of the 25 Scottish Songs, op.108, sent to the Berlin publishers Schlesinger for their first German edition of 1822, text in the hand of Beethoven's friend and unpaid secretary Franz Oliva, 4 pages, 8vo, bifolium, docketed by the recipient, with a note of a response on 13 October. Provenance: Stargardt, 11-13 November 1965, catalogue 574, lot 868; R.F. Kallir, International Autographs, October 1967, catalogue 18, no. 4.
Beethoven first offered the 25 Scottish songs (originally published in London and Edinburgh by George Thomson in 1818) to Schlesinger on 25 March 1820, and he acknowledged the fee of 60 gold ducats on 20 September the same year: characteristically there then appears to have been a significant delay before he sent the manuscript, which being his autograph then proved to be unsuitable for the engraver. Beethoven toyed with various orderings of the songs, and the sequence here seems to represent an intermediate stage between the order in the corrected transcript of the songs which he was also working on at this time (Beethovenhaus, Sammlung H.C. Bodmer, HCB Mh 52, where, as here, the English texts are in the hand of Franz Oliva), and that in the eventual published edition.