Offered for sale is this RARE ORIGINAL TWO VOLUME SPECIAL EDITION SET OF ADOLF HITLER’S “MEIN KAMPF” ‘GESCHENKAUSGABE’. THIS SO CALLED ‘GIFT EDITION’ WAS FIRST PUBLISHED IN 1934. OFFERED HERE IS A NICE 1937 EDITION SET
Adolf Hitler’s autobiography and political manifest in the sought after two volume quarter leather Gift Edition. The Gift Edition was first published in 1934, in the same size as the Red Editions from the 1920s, 6-1/4 x 9-1/4 inch. It was published in three different versions: all leather, quarter leather and an all linen edition. The set that is offered for sale isa 1937 editions, published by Central Publishing House of the NSDAP, Franz Eher, Nachf. in Munich, Germany. One volume comes with the original dust jacket, the other got lost or destoyed over time.
Hitler dictated this book to his secretary, Rudolf Hess while imprisoned in Landsberg after the failed 1923 revolution. The first editions, published in 1925 (Band I or Volume One) and 1926 (Band II or Volume Two) were published in separate volumes. With only a few exceptions (special editions) all subsequent Third Reich editions (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”). Before Hitler became Reichs Chancellor of Germany in 1933, Mein Kampf sold very slowly; but in 1933 alone 1.5 million copies were sold.
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