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Sale 2478 Lot 159
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 the diary. Original Dutch text. 8vo, publisher's white and russet paper boards, spine with usual toning but boards unusually clean, slight lean; dust jacket, closed tears to head and foot of spine panel and along bottom 1 1/2-inches of front flap fold, orange paper mend on verso of rear panel repairing abrasion/tear, corners nicked and small chip to head of spine panel; partial crack to gutter at frontis and title, usual browning to endpapers, discreet booklabel to rear pastedown and front flap of jacket. Amsterdam: Uitgeverij Contact, (1947)
Estimate $7,000 - 10,000
the true first edition of anne frank's diary, in the scarce third issue dust jacket lettered in orange. After its initial release, the book was translated and published in more than 60 languages. Upon its publication in English, Eleanor Roosevelt called the diary "one of the wisest and most moving commentaries on war." 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).