1930's Vienna University Philosophers - Moritz Schlick & Others Signed Term Book
1930's Vienna University Philosophers - Moritz Schlick & Others Signed Term Book:
1930’s Viennese Philosophers - Moritz Schlick, Robert Reininger, Charlotte Bühler, Franz Wolfgang Garbeis, A University of Vienna Signed Student’s Educational Passport. A student’s educational passport (Meldungsbuch des Studierenden) for John Jerome Stonborough, a Vienna-born American studying philosophy and law at the University of Vienna, 1931-35, containing signed passport photograph and completed information page, followed by 13 double-page pre-printed grid tables, the first seven completed in manuscript and recording the names of teachers, course titles, hours of courses, and tutors’ signatures or initials (sometimes double-signed in adjacent “frequency” column, official stamps to each leaf and all signed off on 13 February 1935 on eighth leaf, the final five arm tables left blank, Stonborough’s name and pencil address scribbled to rear pastedown, original linen-backed printed boards, details completed in manuscript to upper cover. It would appear from the passport that Moritz Schlick (1882 - 1936) was Stonborough’s supervising tutor from May 1932 to Easter 1933. Philosophy tutor signatures and initials on the first four sheets (Easter 1931 to June 1933) include Robert Reininger (1869 - 1955), double signed “Reininger”; another leaf signed once plus autograph ink stamp; Moritz Schlick (1882 - 1936) double signed “Schl” on two leaves, plus six autograph ink stamps; Charlotte Bühler (1893 - 1974), signed “Ch.Bü” and autograph ink stamp pls another leaf double stamped “Bühler” (probably her husband, Karl Bühler, 1879 - 1963); Franz Wolfgang Garbeis (1887 - 1978) double-signed “Garbeis”. Other tutor signatures include Ferdinand Degenfeld (1882 - 1952), Othmar Spann (1878 - 1950) and Josef Hupka (1875 - 1944) John Jerome Stonborough (1912 - 2002) was the second son of the wealthy American art collector Jerome Stonborough and Margaret Stonborough-Wittgenstein, of the prominent Viennese Wittgenstein family, sister of the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein and the pianist Paul Wittgenstein. Although a U.S. citizen, Stonborough served in the Canadian army during the Second World War as an intelligence officer and interpreter. He married the daughter of a distinguished Northumberland family, Veronica Morrison-Bell (daughter of Sir Claude William Hedley Morrison-Bell, 2nd Baronet), and after lived between Britain and Austria. Moritz Schlick was a German philosopher, physicist and the founding father of logical positivism and the Vienna Circle. On 22 June 1936 whilst ascending the steps of the University, he was confronted by a former student, Johann Nelböck, who killed Schlick with a pistol. His trial became a cause célèbre and he was sentenced but released on probation after serving just two years of a ten year sentence. Also included are some related items comprising a 15-page pen and pencil stapled manuscript, being diary notes in German in a large scrawly hand, recording a trip to Russia taken by Stonborough during the summer of 1930; a printed card of the “Österreichischer Heimatschutz” in the name of John Stonborough and an initialled note from the “Wiener Freiwillige Rettungs-Gesellschaft” dated 14 February 1934. Approx. 110x193mm., light wear and soiling, though overall in good condition.