Lot 470: Hitler (Adolf). Mein Kampf, 'Gauleiter Edition', published NSDAP, Munich, no date, circa 1940, enlarged facsimile 1-volume reprint of the 2-volume 1st edition of 1925-27, thick laid paper (no watermarks), circular black ink Eagle and swastika stamp with 'Inventa Berghof' stamp to marbled front endpaper, second circular inkstamp and feint oval 'Berghof' ink stamp to third endpaper, green cloth page marker, thick marbled endpapers and pastedowns, edges stained red, contemporary tan pigskin with eight raised bands to spine, blind-stamped author and title in dark brown to upper cover, some minor rubbing and marks, slightly split at head of upper joint and longest split at foot of lower joint, old dark stain affecting lower three compartments and slightly affecting lower board, large folio (55 x 42 x 9cm) Referred to as the Berghof copy when described on David Irving's website, this 18.5 kilogram tome is alleged to have been one of the many personal items of Adolf Hitler's that was salvaged from the Berghof by Hitler's housekeepers, Willi and Gretel Mitlstrasser, after it was bombed in April 1945. Acquired by the current owner directly from the private owner in West London who then owned it when described when David Irving, circa 2008. Production numbers of this 'Gauleiter' edition are not known but the print run is believed to have been about 50, the intended recipients of these gifts being Gauleiters and Reichsleiters, the two highest administrative positions in the Third Reich. No other copies similarly bound in pigskin have been located, all other copies seemingly with all edges gilt, and bound in heavy white cloth or vellum gilt, and sometimes with clasps. (1)
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