* STAPLEDON, OLAF An annotated typescript for the essay "Conflict of Wisdoms," which appeared in John Gawsworth's Enquiry in August 1949. Cover page plus ten numbered pages; secured with brad fastener. With Gawsworth's annotation to cover page. Accompanied by short autograph letter signed from Stapledon to Gawsworth--the poet-King of the micronation Redonda--concerning Stapledon's return of this corrected proof.
In this short comparative essay on mentalities, Stapledon differentiates ancient from modern (see "scientific") wisdoms; the latter being identified as originating in ancient Greece. "Each of these two wisdoms, these attitudes to the universe, contains important truths which the other ignores." The corrected proof contains a number of significant excisions, along with the insertion of numerous sub-headings, to further structure his argument towards synthesis.
Accompanied by an obituary clipping, identifying Stapledon as "a writer of boldly speculative and scientific fantasies and a left-wing liberal thinker who in recent years had taken a prominent part in various Communist-organized international conferences of intellectuals."
Estimate $ 800-1,200
Property from the Collection of Ronald Kuntz, Sugar Grove, Illinois