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Eiffel, Gustave (1832 – 1923)

A signed two-page letter by Gustave Eiffel (‘G. Eiffel’), on a single folded sheet, 24th December 1887, the body of the letter written in a secretarial hand.

The engineer writes to the ‘editor-in-chief’ (of Figaro newspaper) during the early stages of the construction of the Eiffel Tower, and makes explicit reference to it.

He opens, ‘Allow me to have recourse to your kindness to ask you to make known to the public that since the beginning of the work of the tower at the Champ de Mars, either during the building of the foundations, or during the assembly, no single accident has occurred that resulted in any deaths. The only seriously injured person we had was able to resume work…’

Eiffel goes on, ‘I count on the impartiality of the journalists who have misled on this subject to insert the present rectification to which I attach an importance that everyone will understand.

In very fine condition, with an autograph addition in Eiffel’s hand to the bottom of the first page, directing the note to the editor of Figaro. During the construction of the Eiffel Tower there was much public consternation about the possible death toll amongst workers on the project. Letters by Eiffel that refer to his most famous building are surprisingly rare.