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Viereck, Collection of Manuscript Material by the author Georg Sylvester Viereck.

74. Viereck, George Sylvester / [Frederick Franklin Schrader] / [Mentioning of Oscar Wilde / Lord Alfred Douglas].

Collection of early Manuscript Material (which is a Manuscript Ballad / Poem), a two-page Manuscript Letter (which is a MLS mentioning Oscar Wilde, Lord [Alfred] Douglas, Viereck’s literary tastes etc.) and the personal copy of “House of the Vampire”, all by the controversial german-american author George Sylvester Viereck. The collection includes: 1. One six-page, hitherto unpublished Manuscript – Ballad [Poem], called “Die Ballade vom Sündigen Glück” [Translates: “The Ballad of sinful Pleasure”]/ 2. A lengthy and extremely insightful Two-Page Manuscript Letter, signed in New York, 1902, which accompanied and talks about the enclosed Six-Page Manuscript – Ballad [The letter and Poem was not conclusively but very likely addressed by Viereck to Frederick Franklin Schrader, then editor of the New York Dramatic Mirror and shortly thereafter co-founder with George Sylvester Viereck of “The Fatherland” / 3. The collection also includes Viereck’s personal copy of his publication “The House of the Vampire” with handwritten, manuscript entry of his name, address in New York City as well as a pasted statement on the endpaper by the author Viereck: “Concerning “The House of the Vampire” : This book went through several editions when it was first published and was dramatized. It played for eight weeks in New York and for two years on the road under the management of the Shuberts. Critics have compared it to such books as Dr.Jekyll and Mr.Hyde, Lady Into Fox, and Dorian Gray”]. The two-page letter is of great value and touches on Viereck’s admiration for Schrader and his “Blatt” [Newspaper]. Viereck is advertising himself to Schrader by introducing himself as a critical admirer with substantial references (Viereck details his working for numerous newspapers in America). Viereck mentions his secessionist tendencies and name-drops Oscar Wilde, Rosetti and Lord Douglas (whom he claims to know personally). This amazing, autographed/signed Manuscript-Material was created by Viereck directly during his transition from writer to propagandist and is an example of his early, bullish personality, which wants to be heard, which needs attention and it is here, in 1912, where his career begins to develop. This large Archive of manuscript material [8 pages in total] is stunning and unpublished (see partial Transcription of the original german material on our website). Viereck’s close friends included Nikola Tesla and even Theodore Roosevelt was among his acquaintances.

New York, Moffat, Yard & Company, 1902-1912. Play and Letters: 20.3 cm x 25.3 cm / Book: 13 cm x 19,5 cm. Pagination: Balld (Poem): 6 pages / Manuscript Letter (MLS): 2 pages / Book: 190 pages. Original Hardcover / Blue publisher’s cloth with gilt lettering on spine in protective collector’s mylar / The play protected in clear folder. The manuscript pages overall in excellent condition besides page IV of the play which has two abrasions with small parts of the text missing only. The book in excellent condition with only minor signs of external wear. Viereck’s usual vanity made him add the lovely littel note of critical success. The personal copy of this controversial author’s most interesting book is a unique possibility for each collector of unusual Vampire material. Extraordinary collection !

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Collection of Books, Offprints and Ephemera, rare Association - copies from the personal library of american writer, Peter Viereck

75. Viereck, Peter.

Collection of Books, Offprints and Ephemera, rare Association – copies from the personal library of american writer, Peter Viereck as well as from other famous libraries of philosophers and writers in Peter Viereck’s circle of friends. [Detailed photographs on our website under “Libraries & Collections”] – The Collection includes a wonderful association-copy between the first african american pulitzer prize-winner, poet Gwendolyn Brooks and Peter Viereck, also an interestingly inscribed association copy of Viereck’s “Conservatism Revisited”, sent to philospher and logician Willard Van Orman Quine, a signed version of Peter Viereck’s book “Shame and Glory of the Intellectuals – Babbitt Jr. vs. the Rediscovery of Values”, an inscribed book by Harry Levin to Peter Viereck, an inscribed book by Peter’s father, George Sylvester Viereck, as well as other books of interest. Also included is a larger collection of ephemeral material and offprints, listed here: 1. “Peter Viereck – Profile” – Article by E.V. Griffith in “Poetry Now”, Vol, VI, No. 2 [Issue 32] – With three excellent photographs of Viereck, shown throughout the article. Griffith discusses Viereck’s genesis as a writer, his time in Harvard and his important contribution to conservatism etc. / 2. Peter Viereck – “The Last Decade in Poetry- New Dilemmas and New Solutions” (In this 1954 – Offprint from “Literature in the Modern World”, Nashville, George Peabody College for Teachers, Viereck discusses Wallace Stevens (″Wallace Stevens’ is the sorcery of surfaces. For this he pays a price: the sacrifice of deep feeleing″and Robert Lowell) / 3. Peter Viereck – “Decorum and Terror: Homage to Goethe and Hart Crane” – Original Offprint from “Essays in Criticism”, with a manuscript correction by Viereck / 4. Peter Viereck – “New Views on Metternich” (Offprint from “The Review of Politics”) / 5. Peter Viereck – “The Rootless ‘Roots’: Defects in the New Conservatism (Original Offprint from “″The Antioch Review”, Summer 1955, issue) / 6. Galleyproof Review for NY Times Sunday Book section of Russell Kirk, by Peter Viereck – With two manuscript notes on the Galley by Peter Viereck to american philosoper and Leo Strauss admirer, Harvey Mansfield: “Harvey, many thanks for your piece on Spitzer + Auerbach which meant a lot to me (I’d known Spitzer). Warm regards to both of you – Peter” and a second manuscript entry by Viereck: “Saw Brodsky …..Finishing a new book…poems – Peter” [Mansfield and Viereck must have sent the Galley back and forth between each other]. / 7. Peter Viereck – “First Advance Reviews on “McCarthy and the Communists” by James Rorty and Moshe Decter – With a highlighting of the review-citation of Peter Viereck’s opinion “All conservative and liberals reading this irrefutable indictment of McCarthy’s methods should unite to conserve our traditional Constitutional framework against subversion by McCarthyism as well as by Communism” / 8. “Peter Viereck – A List of his principal works” / 9. Peter Viereck – “Unlaughing and Untragic” – (Original Offprint from “American Quarterly” with some markings by Viereck, ticking off each paragraph) / 9. Peter Viereck – “Reply to a critique of one of Viereck’s publications” / 10. Peter Viereck – “Ogling through Ice: The Sullen Lyricism of Georg Heym” [Original Offprint from “Books abroad”, April 1971, 11 pages – Including Peter Viereck’s Translation of Georg Heym’s poem “Letze Wache” (″Final Vigil”)] / 11. Original Book Review by Jacques Barzun of Peter Viereck’s Masterpiece: “Metapolitics – From the Romantics to Hitler” – Original Offprint from “Journal of the History of Ideas, January 1942, Vol. VIII., No.1” – Including Peter Viereck’s Reply to Barzun’s “passionate” Review, calling Viereck’s book “an ardent attempt to psycho-analyze the religion of the Nazis”. 6 pages/

Notre Dame / New York and others, 1951 – c. 1955 Octavo. Original Offprints and loose pages etc. Very good condition with some minor signs of wear only. From the library of Peter Viereck.

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