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Einstein, Albert
TWO HAND-PRINTS OF EINSTEIN'S LEFT AND RIGHT HANDS, BOTH SIGNED AND DATED BY HIM ("A. EINSTEIN 9.IV.30")
2 pages, c.23 x 17.cm, in black ink, each print circumscribed in pencil, the right-hand print annotated by Marianne Raschig and bearing her stamp ("M.Raschig's Handarchiv"), [Berlin], 9 April 1930, some creasing and marginal tears to right-hand print,
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Rare: this is a unique opportunity to acquire hand-prints of both Einstein's hands in 1930, signed by him.  We have no record of other examples being offered for sale at auction (or, indeed, of existing).

These images were taken by the hand-reader Marianne Raschig, who included them in her book Hand und Persönlichkeit. Einführung in das System der Handlehre (Hamburg: Enoch, 1931).  Einstein's prints appear as photographic negative prints on Plate 138.  Raschig devotes nearly a page to analysing Einstein's particularly strong life- and head-lines ("Durch Klarheit zur Wahrheit!": pp.134-135).  That no other such sources exist for Einstein is indicated by the fact that they were used for later analyses by Nathaniel Altmann Palmistry: The Universal Guide (2009) p.77; and by the Dutch chirologist Martijn von Mensvoort.

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