Einstein Post Card and Letter
1922 A Lecture Tour in Japan and the Nobel Prize EINSTEIN, Albert. Autograph
Picture Postcard Signed ("Albert")
to His Sons Hans Albert and Eduard ("Liebe Buben!") in Zurich. Marseilles: 7 October 1922. [Together with:] EINSTEIN, Albert.
Autograph Letter Signed ("Albert," crossed out and replaced by "Papa") to His Sons Hans Albert and Eduard ("Liebe Kinder!").
Kyoto: 12 December 1922. One page, quarto. On paper with printed heading of the Miyako Hotel, Kyoto. Very light soiling to
lower part of page, three small punctures to center fold, and tiny nick to lower margin. Housed together in a half black morocco
over marbled board folder with spine lettered in gilt. The picture postcard from Marseilles is on the eve of Einstein's departure for
Japan, reporting that his old friends and fellow scientists Michele Besso and Lucien Chavan are seeing him off. Einstein enjoys his
travels, although the Japanese leg ("I have already given thirteen lectures") is stressful. He is delighted by the Japanese, whom
he likes "more than any other nationality I've known: quiet, modest, intelligent, artistic and considerate." News of his receiving
the Nobel Prize has been confirmed: "Now you will definitely get the Nobel Prize [money]. Start looking around for a house.
The surplus will be deposited in your names...Soon after I get back...I will have to go to Stockholm to receive the prize." Einstein
had been nominated for the Nobel Prize for physics every year but two from 1910 to 1922. He eventually received the award in 1921
for his work in theoretical physics and in particular for his work on the photoelectric effect. On Einstein's own suggestion it had
been agreed as part of the divorce from Mileva in 1919 that any money he might receive if he won the Nobel Prize would go to her and the children: the sum awarded amounted to and enabled Mileva to buy three houses in Zurich, in one of which she lived for the rest of her life. HBS 36217. Autograph Postcard Signed and Letter Signed to His Sons Hans Albert and Eduard.
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