Item #68959 Autograph Letter Signed. Albert EINSTEIN.
Autograph Letter Signed

Autograph Letter, Signed by Einstein to his Friend and Possible Representative Sigmund Zeisler

Autograph Letter Signed.

Leiden, 1921.

Leiden: 1921.

Full Description:

EINSTEIN, Albert. Autograph Letter Signed. Leiden: 13. XI [November] 1921.

Autograph letter signed ("A. Einstein"), to Mr. Zeisler. One octavo page (8 1/2 x 5 1/4 inches; 215 x 134 mm). Manuscript letter on recto, verso blank. With one horizontal center crease as expected in a letter. A few tiny closed tears, with no loss. A few small stains, not affecting text. Overall very good.

This letter with text in German is addressed to "Herr Zeisler" (Sigmund Zeisler), an German-Jewish U.S. attorney, born in Austria. He was known for his defense of radicals in Chicago in the 1880s also know as the Haymarket Affair. His wife was the famous concert pianist Fannie Bloomfield Zeisler. Some unproven sources have said that Zeisler was Einstein's lawyer, but regardless it is know that he and Einstein were good friends and had much correspondence over the years. According to "The Collected Papers of Albert Einstein" published by Princeton University and a letter from Zeisler to Einstein on October 15, 1921 just a month before this present letter... "Zeisler had invested $4,300 in American shares on Einstein’s behalf in October 1921. He sub- sequently informed Einstein of the accumulated interest.... Einstein left $4,300 with Samuel Untermyer, to be invested on Einstein’s behalf when they met in New York on 28 May. Here Zeisler apparently uses coded language (presumably to conceal the investment from the German tax authorities) to inform Einstein of the identity of the company in which the sum was invested and of the rate of interest." This present letter, only a month later from Einstein to Zeisler thanks him for "a great and friendly gesture."

Translated by an outside party:

"Leiden 13 XI 21 Dear Mr. Zeisler, You have really done us a great and friendly gesture. Please accept my thanks... [??}... The letter was sent here afterwards. I certainly agree with that which Mr. U. has sent, and I respectfully request that you thank him in my name at your nearest opportunity. Since our last meeting I have again been traveling. [?] I have some friends in Bologna and Padua... [??]... I am presently in Leiden [?]...[??]. I wish you, your wife, and sons happy days. Mr. A. Einstein"

HBS 68959.


Price: $8,500.00

Item #68959