Lot 128: FRANK, ANNE. Het Achterhuis: Dagboekbrieven van 12 Juni 1942-1 Augustus 1944 ["The House Behind: Diary Entries."]

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November 10, 2016, 1:30 PM EST
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Description: FRANK, ANNE. Het Achterhuis: Dagboekbrieven van 12 Juni 1942-1 Augustus 1944 ["The House Behind: Diary Entries."] Illustrated with halftone frontispiece author portrait, 2 photographic reproductions of the interior of the house, 1 floor plan, and 2 facsimiles from Anne's diary. Original Dutch text. 8vo, original white and russet paper boards, spine and edges toned as usual, few dents to rear joint; inner paper hinges at frontis and pp. 252-253 splitting but sound, tiny inkstamp to corner of front pastedown; preserved in 1/4 morocco clamshell case. Amsterdam: Uitgeverij Contact, (1947)
Notes: the true first edition of anne frank's diary. an excellent surviving example of a fragile book. One of only 1500 copies printed. After its initial release, the book was translated and published in more than 60 languages. It remains one of the most widely read books in the world. "Anne Frank's diary is too tenderly intimate a book to be frozen with the label 'classic,' and yet no lesser designation serves. There is anguish in the thought of how much creative power, how much sheer beauty of living, was cut off through genocide. But through her diary Anne goes on living" (Books of the Century, 180, 183).
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