Collection of 188 items including rare unrestored first edition of Het Achterhuis (The Diary of Anne Frank) in original dust jacket, with subsequent 29 editions, translated editions in nine languages, books, periodicals, and Ephemera
Hard Cover. Amsterdam: Contact, 1947. First Edition. Very Good / Dust Jacket Included.
(1.) Frank, Anne. Het Achterhuis, Dagboekbrieven van 14 Juni 1942 - 1 Augustus 1944. Amsterdam: Uitgeverij Contact, 1947. First edition, first printing. One of 3,036 copies printed on June 25th, 1947. Publisher's white and red paper-covered boards; in the original dust jacket, title in white script to front panel and spine, "Anne Frank" in yellow, multi-toned gray background. A good copy, some toning to boards and page edges, front hinge cracked and separated from text block at title page but holding to rear hinge, contemporary ownership signature and bookplate to front free endpaper; in a good dust jacket, worn and with chipping to extremities, a triangular chip over the "R" in "Frank" to front panel, with the separated piece laid in to book, splitting to spine and folds, very fragile but intact, free of any repair or restoration. (2.) Frank, Anne. Het Achterhuis, Dagboekbrieven van 14 Juni 1942 - 1 Augustus 1944. Amsterdam: Uitgeverij Contact, 1947. Second edition. Issued December 1947, six months after the first. Publisher's blue-gray and red paper-covered boards; in the original dust jacket, title in white script to front panel and spine, "Anne Frank" in blue, multi-toned gray background. A very good copy, some light spotting to text block edges and endpapers, light sunning to extremities, contemporary inscription to front free endpaper; in a very good dust jacket with early reinforcement (jacket almost imperceptibly adhered onto paper, with wear and chipping uniformly to jacket and paper backing), wear and a few short closed tears to extremities, some chipping to spine ends. Overall, a sturdy copy of this scarce second edition in its original dust jacket. (3.) Frank, Anne. Het Achterhuis, Dagboekbrieven van 14 Juni 1942 - 1 Augustus 1944. Amsterdam: Uitgeverij Contact, 1948. Third edition. Issued February 1948, within a year of the first. Publisher's white and red paper-covered boards, green and white patterned endpapers; in the original dust jacket with title lettered in white script to front board and spine, "Anne Frank" in red, a multi-toned gray background. A very good copy with some toning to extremities and page edges, small bookseller's sticker to front pastedown; in a very good dust jacket with professional restoration to edges and folds. Overall, a beautiful copy of the third edition in its original dust jacket. - with - (4.) Editions of Het Achterhuis numbered four through thirty, including more than one copy when a printing variation occurred; (5.) 25 translations of Het Achterhuis in 9 different languages: English, Hebrew, German, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese, Albanian, and Esperanto; (6.) 18 Dutch-language publications, including modern reprints of Het Achterhuis and related publications about the book's publication, the Anne Frank House, and other topics; (7.) 14 English-language publications related to the history of Anne Frank and the publication of her diary; (8.) Ephemera related to theater and film productions of Anne Frank, including magazine articles, brochures, original photographs of the actress who portrayed Anne, and a VHS tape of the film; (9.) Newspaper and magazine clippings from the decades following the publication of Het Achterhuis with references to the book, Otto Frank, the Anne Frank House, and general history of WWII and the Holocaust. In 1942, Otto Frank and his family went into hiding in a secret attic in a factory building in Amsterdam. His youngest daughter Anne passed her time writing, filling a diary and several notebooks with her innermost feelings, reflections of the world around her, daily activities, and dreams for her future. Though they evaded capture for over two years, the family was eventually discovered by the Nazis, arrested, and deported to concentration camps. After the war, Otto Frank was liberated from Auschwitz; he was the only survivor of the Frank family. When Otto returned to Amsterdam, family friend Miep Gies gave him Anne's diaries, which she had kept hidden after the family was found. Inspired by Anne's writings, he published them under the title Het Achterhuis. Dagbrieven van 14 juni 1942 tot 1 augustus 1944 (The Secret Annex. Diary Letters from June 14, 1942 to August 1, 1944.) Containing the earliest editions of Anne Frank's Diary, this collection provides insight into the bibliographic history of what has become one of the most iconic, historic, and widely read books in the world. The first edition, issued in a print run of just over 3,000 copies, marked the first time that Anne's words were read by the public. The book was a commercial and critical success; second and third editions of Anne's diary were printed within a year of the first.