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General Militaria
Amber Mein Kampf with Presentation Plaque
Listing # 6550
Listing Format: Auction
Current price : $13,800.00
Starting bid: $3,995.00
# of bids: 27
Closes: Auction is closed
Started: 4/15/2017 1:00:00 PM
Ended: 4/29/2017 1:02:13 PM

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This marvelous example of the book binder's art takes the form of an amber Mein Kampf presentation piece to a Kreisleiter in Cologne.  The book is a typical 3rd-pattern presentation Mein Kampf, but has the unique feature of a silver engraved presentation plaque on the interior.  This is the ONLY Amber Mein Kampf that I know of with a presentation plaque inside - most are anonymous gifts with no other historical connection.  The plaque translates:  "Presented to our departing Kreisleiter as a constant remembrance, Kreis staff, the Ortsgruppenleiters, the Old Fighters, and Blood Order holders from Kreis Cologne, Left side of the Rhine, North, Cologne on 20. June 1939".  Accompanying the amber volume is collector paperwork which makes reference to a newspaper clipping that identified the recipient as Kreisleiter Felix Frangenberg talking about his transfer to another district, and makes mention of this book having been given to him on the occasion of the transfer.  Unfortunately, this article is not present with the book (thanks to some earlier collector, who presumably lost it).  Also accompanying the book is a letter written in 1957 by one "Morris Tenenbaum" who helped "Binny and Bill" (probably the original US Army member who brought the book back from Germany) with a translation of the silver plaque.  Apparently Mr. Tenenbaum was not fluent in German, as his translation is inaccurate as are some of his comments. However, the letter is great provenance, as it takes the book with the plaque back to 1957.  Superb example that should be further researched!

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