Lot n° 60
6000 - 8000
Result with fees
: 7 150EUR
EINSTEIN ALBERT (1879-1955).
Signed autograph letter, signed « Papa », 7 March 1924, to his son Hans Albert EINSTEIN (1904-1973); 1 page in-4 format; in German; placed in a half-goatskin green folder.
Fine letter to his eldest son, with references to his work and science.
Einstein was very concerned about his fi rstborn’s career path; at this time, Hans Albert who had stayed with his mother was studying at the Polytechnic in Zurich, his father’s alma mater. In 1938 he immigrated to the United States, and was later to become a professor of hydraulics at the prestigious University of California at Berkeley
A free translation of the letter goes as follows: “My work in recent years is altogether unsuitable for a popular lecture, and then I really dread that kind of public appearance. I must therefore unfortunately yet again decline the lecture. I have designated the 45,000 Francs as a down payment for your house and I have set aside another 45,000 Francs that should belong to you, that is, to Mama. Hopefully you will soon fi nd an appropriate little house. I will gladly stop on the return from Naples for a little while in Zurich, but on the way out only very shortly. There’s no question of anything offi cial; it’s just important for me to spend a little time with you. I don’t have much time, because I must go to Kiel in May. In any case I am very happy to see you again soon. I work very hard, but I am not accomplishing anything much. Science is a diffi cult profession. I’m sometimes happy that you have chosen a practical career where you don’t have to look for four-leaf clovers. Until our happy reunion. Best greeting to the three of you from Your Papa.”
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