“[Anne Frank] became the most memorable figure to emerge from World War II--besides Hitler, of course, who also proclaimed his life and his beliefs in a book. In a way, the Holocaust began with one book and ended with another. Yet it was Anne's that finally prevailed--a beneficent and complicated work outlasting a simple and evil one.” -Roger Rosenblatt
RARE FIRST EDITION IN THE LEGENDARILY RARE FIRST ISSUE DUST JACKET.
One of only 1500 copies printed of one of the central works of the twentieth century. Complete with three photographic plates, including the frontispiece portrait of Anne Frank.
"The diary written by Anne Frank is probably the single most widely read book to come out of the Holocaust (Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl, 1952; first published as Het Achterhuis, 1947). Millions of readers have read the story of the teenage girl's two years in hiding. It has been translated into more than thirty-five languages and published in as many countries. Her diary was also the foundation for a successful drama performed worldwide (The Diary of Anne Frank, 1956) and a film of the same title (1959). Especially in the last twenty years, many schoolchildren and adults alike have had their first exposure to the effects of Adolf Hitler's war through Anne's writing. Anne's diary so captured the attention of the world that her name has become symbolic of the six million Jewish victims of the Shoah…
"To many, Anne Frank has become a symbol of the strength and optimism of the human spirit in the midst of tragedy. In July 1944 Anne wrote what was to become the most famous line of her diary and the one most often used to symbolize her spirit. 'In spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart'… Anne's writing put a human face to the unfathomable statistics of the millions of individuals who suffered and died" (Sarita Cargas, Encyclopedia of Holocaust Literature).
In the exceedingly scarce first issue dust jacket with "Anne Frank" in yellow on front panel.
Amsterdam: Contact, 1947. Octavo, original paper boards, original dust jacket; custom silk box. In the original Dutch. Book in remarkably fine condition - the cleanest we've seen - with only mild toning to spine and faint offsetting from jacket on rear board. Dust jacket with rubbing to extremities, closed tear at base of front panel; tape (somewhat thick) reinforcement to verso.
SCARCE: There are only a handful of copies we are aware of in the original first issue jacket that have ever been on the market.
Price: $28,000 .