RILKE, Rainer Maria (1875-1926). Twelve autograph letters signed, one autograph postcard signed and one autograph poem signed, the letters addressed to Professor August Sauer, Herr Batka and other members of the editorial board of Deutsche Arbeit in Prague, Westerwede (3 letters), Skane and Jonsered (in Sweden, 5 letters), Schloss Friedelhausen, Meudon-Val Fleury, Godesberg-am-Rhein, Capri and Paris, 1 July 1901 - 13 August 1907, 15½ pages, 8vo and 4½ pages, 4to, 3 integral blank leaves (letter of 13 August 1901 on squared paper, fragment of upper margin cut away from letter of 18 October 1904 with part loss of address); the poem [Sexte und Segen], 38 lines of verse, the first lines 'Hat das Blut nur das Horchen des Ohres/auf einmal lauter durchronnen?', signed at the foot, written on 3 pages, 8vo.
Rilke had been invited to submit poems and articles to the new literary journal Deutsche Arbeit, published in Prague from 1901-1918 by the Society for the Support of German Scholarship, Art and Literature in Bohemia. He replies first that he will 'soon' send something, asking also about book-reviewing. In July 1901 he submits his novella, Reflexe, considering it extremely suitable, 'die mir besonders passend erschwint', followed by Gedicht, Abend and Wege im Moor. Three letters in 1904 reflect his pleasure at Professor Sauer's acceptance of Die Weise von Liebe und Tod des Cornet Christolph Rilke, 'Die freundlichen Worte, mit welchen Sie das Manuscript angenommen haben, will ich nicht Dank ausgleichen und nur sagen, wie gern und freudig ich sie gelesen habe'. He receives the issue including 'my ''Cornet''' in Sweden, finding it immensely noble and beautiful ('ungemein vornehm und schön'), also approving of the other articles in the issue which complement Cornet very well. Later he asks for photographs of Prague for an article by Ellen Key (the Swedish educationalist).
The poem Abend in Schonen, recalling his Swedish visit, is offered in 1905, and in 1907 the manuscript poem present here, composed in Capri on 28 January 1907 and published as Sexte und Segen (Sext and Benediction, musings while sitting in a church). An endorsement by the publisher (on the verso of the last page) records that the proofs have been sent to Rilke at the Villa Discopoli. (14)