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From the excellently written UK-based Peace Pledge Union website: "In 1875, at the age of thirty two, an impoverished Austrian countess left Vienna, where she had been working as a governess, and went to Paris in answer to an advertisement: 'A very wealthy, highly educated, older gentleman living in Paris seeks a lady well-versed in languages, also elderly, as secretary.' The 'older gentleman' was Alfred Nobel, Swedish millionaire and inventor of dynamite. He was, in fact, only forty-two when he received his aristocratic (and quadrilingual) applicant; he immediately felt drawn to her. For an hour or more each day for eight days they sat in Nobel's Paris apartment and talked fervently about people, art, life, time, eternity, and how to make war impossible. On the ninth day Nobel went to Stockholm. Shortly afterwards the countess received two telegrams. One from Nobel: he would be back in a week. The other from the man the countess loved, whom she had attempted to renounce because of his family's disapproval: he couldn't, he said, live without her. Bertha went back to Vienna to elope with her young baron Arthur von Suttner. But during those few days in Paris she established a romantic friendship with Alfred Nobel which, sustained by many letters, lasted until his death on December 10 1896. By then she had become a journalist, best-selling novelist, and pacifist of international renown; and in 1905 she was the first woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize (and the first woman to receive any Nobel prize since their institution in 1901)." Offered here is a remarkable Type 1 original vintage cabinet photograph of Von Suttner -- a scarce collectible in its own right -- which the prolific novelist and esteemed pacifist has signed in blank steel fountain tip pen, guaranteed authentic by JSA with a full letter of authenticity. A rare and historically significant item for any autograph collector.

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