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The Diary of Anne Frank - First Edition, First Printing; "Het Achterhuis", 1947

The Diary of Anne Frank - First Edition, First Printing; "Het Achterhuis", 1947


Het Achterhuis. Dagboekbrieven van 12 Juni 1942 – 1 Augusten 1944. FRANK, Anne. Published by Amsterdam: Uitgeverij, Contact, 1947. Amsterdam: Uitgeverij, Contact, 1947. Octavo. Original boards, title to front board on a terracotta-colour background. The spine is slightly browned, some say it is a deliberate colour, I think it is genuine browning from age and consummate to materials used at the time. Minor, expert tissue repairs to head and tail of the spine, an exceptional copy.

Prior to minor repair, this copy had come away from the spine, as you will notice starting to happen in other copies. Having repaired this copy, the book restorer noted that the spine liner were the words “Die Vergeltung” (possibly included in other copies). It is believed that the publishing company, Contact Publishing, were probably in-charge of the printing and binding of the book in house. “Die Vergeltung” is literally translated to “Retribution” or “Revenge”.

It is thought that this was a deliberate addition to the spine liner; something hidden to the eye unless the spine is to come apart from the text block. Maybe this is the only copy like this with the specific binder taking offence or seeking to bring about “revenge” on one side or the other, though one cannot be sure unless they were to find another copy detached from the spine, or unnecessarily damage a copy of the like. This wonderful and unique first edition, first printing copy has the original bookshop ticket on the front free fly leaf: a small blue ticket with the bookshop's name, "Boekhoven's Boekhandel Sommelsdijk".

This copy was most likely sold as new from this bookshop; it was a very active and well known bookshop at this time. This wonderful and unique first edition, first printing copy is now housed in a full pale blue Morocco box with a terracotta panel on the front. Raised bands on the box with the title, author and date, marked as first edition.

This first edition as stated, portrait frontispiece, two photographic plates, a plan and two facsimiles of Frank's handwriting.  One of the genuinely emblematic books of the 20th century. Anne's dispassionate recording of life in the concealed attic room of her family's Amsterdam home during the Nazi occupation have led to her achieving a rather narrowly "iconic" status, a figurehead for the experience of Europe's Jews, so for Ilya Ehrenburg she could represent "one voice [that] speaks for six million." An Exceptional Copy.
12250 USD