PRESENTATION "MEIN KAMPF" TO HITLER FROM GAULEITER OTTO TELSCHOW
HITLER IS PRESENTED WITH AN EXQUISITE COPY OF HIS POLITICAL TREATISE Entirely unique personal relic of Adolf Hitler, a special presentation edition of his "Mein Kampf" (Munich: Zentralverlag der NSDAP, Franz Eher Nachf.), 1938, 781pp. 8vo. This common edition of Hitler's manifesto has been transformed into a work of art by the addition of a red leather binding, liberally decorated with extravagant silver motifs, executed by the master silversmiths of the Lower Saxon village of Buxtehude, now a district of Hamburg. The decorations on the front cover consist of a national eagle over the title "Adolf Hitler - Mein Kampf", with a static swastika at bottom, the latter bordered with silver filigree and runic symbols at each corner. The cover is bordered with abstract geometric patterns, including a large arrow. The spine features a vertical array of symbols, consisting of a "sig" rune, a mobile swastika, a spiral rune, and an asterisk-shaped "hagal" rune. The negative space between these symbols if filled with extremely fine silver filigree. Most impressively, the rear cover bears an etched silver scene, depicting a nude rider on horseback clutching a swastika-emblazoned shield, galloping through the countryside. This scene is surrounded with a geometric border featuring an arrow symbol and a stylized "sig" rune, with the bottom corners bearing a key and a rampant horse. The lower left corner of this scene bears the name of the Brunckhorst firm of silversmiths, a hallmark depicting a crescent moon and a crown, the city name Buxtedhude and the silver content hallmark "800". The book was presented to Hitler by OTTO TELSCHOW (1876-1945), Gauleiter of East Hanover, on the occasion of his 49th birthday. A vellum flyleaf bears the black ink inscription: "Meinem Fuhrer, Zum Geburtstag 1938 in dankbarkeit und verehrung"), ("My Fuhrer, For your birthday 1938 in gratitude and veneration"), adding the signature "Otto Telschow, Gauleiter Osthannover...". Also present with the book is a typed presentation card, which reads: "Geschenk von Gauleiter Otto Telschow, Gau Osthannover" ("Gift from Gauleiter Otto Telschow, Gau Osthannover"), with the note "Buch: Mein Kampf" at lower left. The card has been signed as received across the face in red indelible pencil by a B. Woltz, and bears a rough translation into English in blue ink, following the book's capture at the end of the war. The book shows some bumping at the corners, with some slight verdigris to the covers around the silver elements, else very good. A fine example of Germanic craftsmanship of the Third Reich period, and an iconic Hitler relic.