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Einstein, Albert
HAND-PRINT OF EINSTEIN'S LEFT HAND, SIGNED AND DATED BY HIM ("A. EINSTEIN 9.IV.30")
c.230 x 175mm., in black ink, an unedited copy, without manuscript alterations
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Catalogue Note

Sotheby's sold both Einstein's hand-prints, left and right, on 5 June 2013, lot 348, from the same collection as this one and done on the same day. The prints were taken by Marianne Raschig. In those prints, each was circumscribed in pencil, whereas these remain in their original state (the right-hand print also bore Raschig's stamp ("M.Raschig's Handarchiv"), [Berlin], 9 April 1930). 

This image was taken by the hand-reader Marianne Raschig, one from a large project, for her book Hand und Persönlichkeit. Einführung in das System der Handlehre (Hamburg: Enoch, 1931). Raschig devotes nearly a page to analysing Einstein's particularly strong life- and head-lines ("Durch Klarheit zur Wahrheit!": pp.134-135). That no one else took comparable examples from Einstein is indicated by the fact that Raschig's prints were used for later analyses by Nathaniel Altmann Palmistry: The Universal Guide (2009) p.77; and by the Dutch chirologist Martijn van Mensvoort.

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