Lot 18
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Celan, Paul

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  • Celan, Paul
  • Autograph poem for Jakob Kaspar Demus, on the occasion of his first birthday, signed ("Unkel Paol")
  • Paper
a humorous nonsense verse, comprising twelve lines, addressing the one-year-old son of Celan's close friend Klaus Demus

Lieber Jakob, lieber Kaspar!
Bare Fässer sind nicht faßbar
Fahre-Bässe fahren sölten,
doch Sankt Pölten bleibt Sankt Pölten...

1 page, with autograph dedication on the verso, 15 x 9.5cm, no place, by 9 June 1960, a few tiny marks



Paul Celan, Die Gedichte aus dem Nachlaß. ed. B. Badiou, J. C. Rambach and B. Wiedemann (Frankfurt am Main, 1997)

Catalogue Note

An attractive and touchingly humorous poem for Jakob Demus (born 9 June 1959), son of one of Celan's closest friends, the art historian and writer Klaus Demus. Jakob became a celebrated artist, noted for his diamond drypoint etchings. One of his earliest teachers was the graphic artist Gisèle Celan-Lestrange, who married Celan in 1952.