First edition of Hitler by Joachim C. Fest, inscribed by author Colleen McCullough to U.S. Ambassador Edward Perkins.
Thick octavo, vii, 844pp. Paperback. Stated “First Harvest/HBJ edition 1992” with full letter line. Solid text block, sunning to spine, faint toning to endpapers, occasional annotation, price crossed out on rear cover, a very good example. Robinson [McCullough] Family bookplate on verso of front cover.
Inscribed by Colleen McCullough on half-title: “Dear Ed & Lucy, Ignore the bookplate! Cancelled. Much love / Col.” Also laid-in fax from Lucy Perkins to a “Barbara W.” on McCullough’s letterhead.
Colleen McCullough (1937-2015), an Australian author, was best known for her novel The Thorn Birds. She married Ric Robinson, a member of the Norfolk Legislative Assembly, in 1984.Dr. Edward J. Perkins (1928-2020) served as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, as well as Liberia, South Africa, and Australia throughout his 25 year foreign service career. In 1986 President Ronald Reagan appointed Perkins to serve as ambassador to South Africa in hopes of fending off a congressional override to his veto of economic sanctions against the country. It was a controversial decision amidst apartheid in South Africa, and many Black leaders urged Perkins to not take the role. Perkins accepted the position and served until 1989, one year before Nelson Mandela was released from prison. He was appointed U.N. Ambassador by George H. Bush in 1992, serving for one year.