[Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von]. Levetzow, Ulrike von, Goethe's last love (1804-1899). ALS ("Ulrike").

Triblitz, 27 May 1883.

8vo. 4 pp. on double leaf.


In German, to a "dear Bertha" with family news: "My sister is doing fairly well, and B. has improved", though she fears that "the malady may return, as it cannot be completely cured, if the doctors are correct in what they say; but frequently they are wrong [...]".

In 1821, the 72-year-old Goethe had met the then 17-year-old Ulrike at Marienbad and was so carried away with her wit and beauty that he thought of marrying her, for which purpose he even enlisted the help of Grand Duke Charles August of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach. Her hesitation to accept the offer made Goethe give up his plans; instead, he addressed to her the poems which he afterwards called "Trilogie der Leidenschaft" (Trilogy of Passion) and which include the famous Marienbad Elegy.

In perfect condition.

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