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Karel Capek Signed autograph manuscript

One of the most influential Czech writers of the 20th century who introduced and made popular the word ‘robot,’ which first appeared in his 1921 play R.U.R. (Rossum’s Universal Robots). Signed handwritten and notated partial manuscript, three pages, 6.5 x 8.5, in Czech, no date, signed at the top of the first page. Manuscript is entitled “Last of a Dying Thing,” an unfinished and unpublished narrative, and details a conversation between Anton and Hans on the a tram ride to the Prague cemetery for the funeral of Anton’s brother. The two young men talk about his legacy, the cost for grave wreaths, and other things. All three pages are affixed by their left edges to an 8.5 x 12 off-white sheet. In very good condition, with small areas of tape to left edges, horizontal fold to each page, and some scattered light toning, creasing and soiling. RR Auction COA.

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Posted by on October 5, 2013 in Karel Capek


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