Anne Frank: The Diary of A Young Girl; Inscribed by Eleanor Roosevelt
Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl.
Frank, Anne; Introduction by Eleanor Roosevelt.$8,200.00
Item Number: 24002
Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Company, 1952.
Octavo, original cloth. Introduction by Eleanor Roosevelt. Inscribed by Eleanor Roosevelt on the front free endpaper. Pictures of Anne Frank pasted opposite the inscription, near fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing. This is the first example we have ever seen of this title signed and inscribed by Eleanor Roosevelt. First edition, later printing with same date and imprint as the first American edition. Translated from the Dutch by B.M. Mooyaart-Doubleday. Rare and desirable.
Born in 1929, Anne Frank received a blank diary on her 13th birthday, just weeks before she and her family went into hiding in Nazi-occupied Amsterdam. Here diary was later discovered in the attic in which she spent the last years of her life, Anne Frank's remarkable diary has since become a world classic—a powerful reminder of the horrors of war and an eloquent testament to the human spirit. In 1942, with Nazis occupying Holland, a thirteen-year-old Jewish girl and her family fled their home in Amsterdam and went into hiding. For the next two years, until their whereabouts were betrayed to the Gestapo, they and another family lived cloistered in the "Secret Annex" of an old office building. Cut off from the outside world, they faced hunger, boredom, the constant cruelties of living in confined quarters, and the ever-present threat of discovery and death. In her diary Anne Frank recorded vivid impressions of her experiences during this period. By turns thoughtful, moving, and amusing, her account offers a fascinating commentary on human courage and frailty and a compelling self-portrait of a sensitive and spirited young woman whose promise was tragically cut short.