Albert Einstein

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Albert Einstein

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Auction Date:2017 Oct 11 @ 18:00 (UTC-5 : EST/CDT)
Location:236 Commercial St., Suite 100, Boston, Massachusetts, 02109, United States
ALS - Autograph Letter Signed
ANS - Autograph Note Signed
AQS - Autograph Quotation Signed
AMQS - Autograph Musical Quotation Signed
DS - Document Signed
FDC - First Day Cover
Inscribed - “Personalized”
ISP - Inscribed Signed Photograph
LS - Letter Signed
SP - Signed Photograph
TLS - Typed Letter Signed
Remarkable archive from the family of the German-Jewish architect Adolf Stern, who were Einstein’s neighbors in Caputh, where he spent his summers from 1929–1932. The highlight is the family’s leatherbound guest book, 6.25 x 8.25, inside which Einstein has signed in fountain pen, “A. Einstein,” and sketched a doodle of a stick figure peering through a telescope at a sailboat on a lake with a mountain in the foreground. The date of April 28, 1929 is annotated next to Einstein’s name in pencil in another hand; Einstein's stepdaughter and secretary, Ilse Einstein, has signed at the top of the page. Also included is a handwritten mathematical expression in Einstein’s hand, written in pencil below a set of figures and equations in the hand of Irene Stern, on the reverse of a typed letter; according to the Stern family, this represents Einstein’s attempts to help Irene with her schoolwork.

Additionally includes: a collection of 52 photographs and photo-postcards, ranging in size from 1.5 x 2.5 to 4.75 x 7, consisting of candid shots of Einstein with friends, family, and neighbors in Caputh, plus a group of approximately 27 negatives; an original vintage 7.25 x 9.25 formal portrait of Einstein by Tycko mounted within its studio folder; and a group of correspondence including an ANS by Ilse Einstein, a TLS by Elsa Einstein, an ALS by Elsa Einstein, and a TLS by Margot Einstein. In overall fine condition.

Along with the whimsical doodle of a man peering through a telescope at a sailboat beside Einstein's signature in the Sterns' guestbook, this collection is outstanding in its numerous photographs of Einstein in moments of leisure with the Sterns and other Caputh neighbors and friends. Though not a swimmer, Einstein was an avid sailor and several photos show him on a boat in the nearby lake. After the rise of the Nazis in 1933, Einstein never returned to his home in Caputh; today, it is Einstein's only preserved residence in Germany. A wonderful archive of material related to the great genius.