Business card Kapellmeister Gustav Mahler (1860-1911). Printed visiting card signed and inscribed ('Mahler') with a fifteen-line autograph message to a conductor, conceding that he has annoyed him for some time, and that he has been buffeted by the waves of fortune, but that, although life is still tempestuous, he hopes to be able to devote himself to serving those excellent artistic qualities in the recepient which he has always admired.
( '... Ich bin nur ein wenog auf den wogen des lebens umher getrieben und jetzt noch immer auf hoher see ... aber ... es gehort mit zu meinen lebenszielen ihrer herrlichen Kunst und Meisterschaft zum sieg zu verhelfen ... ').
(I am only a little bit on the waves of life and now I am still at sea ... but ... it is part of my life goals to help her magnificent art and mastery to win ...)
2 pages, c. 6 x 10 cms, 'Kapellmeister Gustav Mahler', some staining.