Thick octavo, xxxvi, 1003pp. Red cloth, gilt stamped on spine. Stated “fifth impression” on copyright page. In publishers original dust jacket, very good condition, light wear at edges, reinforced with archival tape along spine, price of $3.00 on back panel. Includes the scarce “Profits To The Refugees” dust jacket wrap, which is often missing with this edition. An exceptionally nice copy of this historically important work.
Comments: Mein Kampf was first published in 1925. Copies printed before Hitler became Chancellor in 1933 are scarce, with the popularity of the book following his rise to power. In 1933, Houghton Mifflin secured the rights from Eher Verlag to publish an English translation of Mein Kampf. A second edition was printed in 1937, with a controversial quote by Dorothy Thompson, the first journalist exiled from Nazi Germany. This quote led to protests from the German government, but the quote was not removed. In 1938, Reynal and Hitchcock approached Houghton Mifflin about a fully translated and unabridged copy of the book. Houghton Mifflin agreed, but the project was met with a public outcry that profits from the book would benefit Hitler. Reynal & Hitchcock agreed to donate all their proceeds to the “Refugees of Germany,” of which this copy still retains the original “Profits to the Refugees” dust jacket wrapper.