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HAYEK, Friedrich August von.

Autograph note, signed, discussing his manuscripts, together with a card of Hayek's notes.

Freiburg: None [1985] Stock Code: 85068
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Hayek writes to explain, presumably in response to a request for a handwritten sample of his work: "Meine Manuskripte sind gegenwärtig alle in Großbuchstaben geschrieben und darum graphologisch uninterressant. Sie müssen sich darum wohl hiermit begnügen" - "My manuscripts are all currently written in capital letters, and therefore of no graphological interest. You will have to be satisfied therefore with this".

In the dispersal of Hayek's estate following his death, a small card of his handwritten notes in capitals was present among the effects. This card has been paired to the original letter, satisfying the graphological interest which Hayek felt was somehow irrelevant if the writing was in capitals. The note is a brief thought on religious belief and its role in buttressing moral laws: "A moral whose effects were not understood could be preserved only by religious beliefs. Which of the different morals supported by some religious beliefs was to spread and displace others unclear by the unforeseen and unintended effects they had on the size of the population adhering to them". This could not be traced in any of Hayek's published works, although Hayek did consider the link between religion and morality in Law, Legislation and Liberty, and the note was perhaps part of his working for that book.

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Small note, sheet size 106 x 85 mm, written beneath the typewritten name "Prof. Dr. Friedr. von Hayek" in Hayek's small hand. Complete with envelope stamped with Hayek's Freiburg University address addressed to one Karl-Heinz Fleitman in Bochum, the envelope franked 28.3.85. Card of notes 147 x 105 mm.


In excellent condition, card of notes faded.


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