Offered for sale is a
RARE ORIGINAL 1942 EDITION VOLKSAUSGABE OF ADOLF HITLER’S BESTSELLER
WITH RARE ORIGINAL DUST JACKET AND RARE FONT
Adolf Hitler’s autobiography and political manifest. The copy that is offered for sale is a nice copy of the 721th – 725th People’s Edition or Volksausgabe, published in 1942 by Central Publishing House of the NSDAP, Franz Eher, Nachf. in Munich, Germany. It comes with the rare original dust jacket and both, the book and the dust jacket are printed in Latin or Antigua font. In 1941 Hitler decided that the until then used Fraktur font was no longer to be used because he thought that it was of Jewish origin. This is one of the rare transition copies where the dust jacket had a mix of Fraktur and Antigua font! The Volksausgabe was smaller in size than the earlier editions. In fact, it now had the same size as a standard German bible. This was no coincidence, the Nazi’s goal was that Mein Kampf would eventually replace the bible in every German household.
Hitler dictated this book to his secretary, Rudolf Hess while imprisoned in Landsberg after the failed 1923 revolution. The first editions (1925 and 1926) were only “Band I” (volume one), “Band II” (volume two) was first published in December 1926. Except a number of special editions, all the “official” Third Reich copies (1933 to 1945) contained both volumes combined in one book. Very few copies of the first editions have survived. When his book first came out it was not a success, few people cared about the book in 1925 which would almost have had a much longer title. The original title Hitler chose was “Viereinhalb Jahre [des Kampfes] gegen Lüge, Dummheit und Feigheit” (Four and a Half Years [of Struggle] against Lies, Stupidity and Cowardice). His Nazi publisher, Max Amann, decided this title was too complicated and had it shortened to “Mein Kampf” (simply “My Struggle”).
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