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September 29


On this day in 1973 W H Auden died. He was an English poet, who later became an American citizen. He is best known for love poems such as "Funeral Blues," and poems on political and social themes. In 1853 Princess Thyra was born. She was the youngest daughter and fifth child of Christian IX of Denmark and Louise of Hesse-Kassel. In 1878 she married Ernest Augustus, the exiled heir to the Kingdom of Hanover. As the Kingdom of Hanover had been annexed by Prussia in 1866, she spent most of her life in exile with her husband in Austria.

AUDEN (W. H., 1907-1973, British born American Poet) Fine Autograph Letter Signed to Mr Schäffer saying that his letter “of Oct 15 finally caught up with me on a lecture tour. I shall be back in N.Y. next Friday .... My address is 235 Seventh Aven ... If you could call me on Saturday morning .. perhaps we could arrange a meeting ...”, 1 side 4to., Southern Hotel, Baltimore, headed paper with vignette showing the hotel, 8th December no year 1971 33363

THE CUMBERLAND FAMILY THYRA (1853-1933, sister of Queen Alexandra and the Tsarina, third daughter of Christian IX of Denmark, Duchess of Cumberland), her husband ERNST AUGUST (K.G., Crown Prince, 1845-1923, head of the House of Hanover and 3rd Duke of Cumberland), their eldest son GEORG WILHELM (1880-1912), their daughters ALEXANDRA (1882-1963) with her husband, 1904, FRIEDRICH FRANZ IV (1882-1945, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg Schwerin, 1897-1918), OLGA (1884-1958) and MARIE LOUISE (1879-1948, wife, 1900, of Prince Max von Baden, German Chancellor) with her children BERTHOLD (1906-1963, husband, 1931, of Prince Philip’s sister Theodora) and MARIE ALEXANDRA (1902-1944, wife, 1924, of Prince Wolfgang of Hesse) Fine Group Portrait Photograph, by Artur Floeck of Vienna, signed “Tante Thyra” and dated, showing them full length, in two rows in the garden, the men in uniform, the Duchess in a gorgeous embroidered dress, next to her is Berthold in Austrian clothes and hat, then his mother, seated, and his sister, standing in sailor suit and hat, in the back row are Grand Duchess Alexandra, Prince Georg Wilhelm, Grand Duke Friedrich Franz IV, Princess Olga and the Duke, a delightful group, 8” x 5¼”, no place, 1910 36116

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