EMIGRE

[ Unpublished story 'improvised' by Bertolt Brecht, and translated in his presence by Ernst Schoen. ] Typescript of English translation by Schoen of text of Brecht story titled 'Caviar. | By Brecht.'

Author: 
Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956), German author; Ernst Schoen (1894-1960), writer, translator and composer, friend of Walter Benjamin
Publication details: 
[ London, after 1933. ] Schoen has written in pencil at top of first page: 'E. Schoen, | 32, Belsize Park, | N. W. 3.'
£350.00

6pp., 4to. On six leaves of aged and worn paper, with tape repair to margin of first leaf. Not present in Brecht's 1967 collected works. The translator Ernst Schoen was a friend of Walter Benjamin and collaborated with Brecht, Eisler and Webern. He emigrated to London in April 1933, and worked for the BBC until returning to Germany in 1952. The present typescript was auctioned by Sotheby's a number of years ago along with other emigrant documents. At the time the following handwritten text (not present here) was attached: 'This story was improvised by Brecht at the House of the vendor.

[ Jack Bilbo, German émigré artist and author. ] Typed Note Signed to the theatrical bookseller Barry Duncan ('Barry'), with reference to a 'round-the-world trip'.

Author: 
Jack Bilbo (1907-1967), German artist and author, who fled the Nazis to set up the Modern Art Gallery in London
Publication details: 
On letterhead: 'on board M.Y. BAMBULA' 28 August 1948.
£45.00

1p., 12mo. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. The letterhead features a pirate flag, prinnted in red, blue and black, with a shark and skull and crossbones. He thanks him for a catalogue, adding that he will be 'dropping in' to see him 'before I leave on my round-the-world trip in a few weeks' time'.

[ Douglas Woodruff and Dr Max Bindermann ] Typed Letter Signed from Woodruff to Bindermann, defending the Tablet's position on the Hungary; with typed article by Bindermann on the Habsburgs and Fascist Fatherland Front; and autograph notes by him.

Author: 
Douglas Woodruff (1897-1978), editor of 'The Tablet', London Roman Catholic newspaper; Dr Max Bindermann, Viennese lawyer and socialist, an emigré in London
Publication details: 
Woodruff's letter on letterhead of The Tablet, London. 6 November 1939. Bindermann's article undated (but in response to one in the Tablet, 11 November 1939). Some notes dated 27 February 1940.
£180.00

The three items in fair condition, on aged and worn paper. ONE: TLS by 'Douglas Woodruff'. 1p., 4to. The letter begins testily: 'Dear Sir, | I was rather puzzled to receive your letter in the form of a carbon copy. As you may imagine, we are not fond of letters that are circulated. I have now read it in Truth, although presumably the opening paragraph refers to the Tablet.

Manuscript diaries for 1794, 1797 and 1798

Author: 
David Boley (or Bolay) [TRAVEL EXPENSES IN IRELAND pre-1800]
Publication details: 
(London) 1794, 1797, 1798
£200.00

The financial diaries of a Frenchman (rentier) living in England, possibly displaced by the French Revolution. Diaries in French, covers in poor condition, contents good. Comprising: The Kentish Companion: or, useful Memorandum and Accompt Book, 1773 [1794]; Kearsley's Gentleman and Tradesman's Pocket Ledger, 1797; and The Daily Journal; or, Gentleman's, Merchant's and Tradesman's Complete Annual Accompt Book. Address entered in first volume: Hereford Street, London. Contents: record of income and expenditure with information about investments.

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