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GILSON, Étienne (1884-1978)
Étienne Gilson Letter collection
1965. No binding. Good. Étienne Gilson was a French Catholic philosopher, scholar, and an internationally renowned historian of ideas. A scholar of medieval philosophy, he originally specialised in the thought of Descartes, yet also philosophized in the tradition of Thomas Aquinas, although he did not consider himself a Neo-Thomist philosopher. In 1946 he attained the distinction of being elected an "Immortal" (member) of the Académie française. He was one of the most eminent international scholars of the 20th century and was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature. The collection contains 11 letters, all written in French, dating from 1958 to 1965. 11 letters. 8 Typed Letters Signed (TLS) and 3 Autographed Letters Signed (ALS) to Irma Antonetto, Associazione Culturale Italiana who was the creator of the Italian Cultural Association and in forty-six years of activity she had brought to Italy over 400 personalities including philosophers, scientists, writers, Nobel laureates: • 28 February 1958, TLS • 14 April 1958, TLS • 8 May 1964, ALS • 4 June 1964, ALS • 15 June 1964, TLS • 20 June 1964, TLS • 23 July 1964, TLS • 17 December 1964, ALS • 16 February 1965, TLS • 25 February 1965, TLS • 10 May 1965, TLS re her invitation to Gilson to speak in Italy at various venues, he has no photos, his curriculum vitae, and the subjects of his lectures: "Racine et l'essence du tragique", "Saint Tomas d'Aquin et nous", and "L'industrialisation des belles-lettres". Collection on consignment with LDRB.
Bookseller: Lord Durham Rare Books (IOBA) [St. Catharines, ON, Canada]

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