The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank, published in 1952.
Small octavo, 285pp. Black cloth, title in silver on spine. Illustrated endpapers. Lacking the “First Edition” statement on copyright page, indicating an early printing. Slight bow to covers, otherwise solid text block. In the publisher’s dust jacket, $3.00 retail price on front flap, sunning to spine, wear along flap folds and corners. A very nice copy.
Het Achterhuis, or The Secret Annex, was first mentioned publicly in an article in Amsterdam in 1946, written by Jan Romein. The diaries were in the hands of Otto Frank, Anne’s father, who was interested in finding a publisher. The newspaper article piqued the interest of Amsterdam’s Contact Publishing, who produced a first edition of 3,036 copies on June 25th, 1947. The first edition of Anne Frank’s diaries contained the earliest printed version of her diaries. A second printing of the diaries was published in December of 1947. (Books of the Century, 180, 183) (Anne Frank House)