(ASTOR, Nancy.) SEGER, Gerhart.

A Nation Terrorized.

By Gerhart Seger, Member of the German Reichstag in the 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th Parliaments. With a Foreword by Heinrich Mann.

Chicago: Reilly & Lee Co., 1935 Stock Code: 137169
£250.00

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First edition, first printing. Presentation copy from the author to Nancy Astor, inscribed on the half-title "Lady Astor as a very little sign of a very great thankfulness! Gerhart Seger". Seger (1896-1967) was among the German Social Democrat deputies in the Reichstag which opposed the Enabling Act, and was consequently sent to the Oranienburg concentration camp. He escaped and fled to Prague in 1934, and wrote this book, his account of his experiences and a damning indictment of the young Nazi regime. The first female British MP to take her seat, Nancy Astor has recently come criticism for her anti-Semitic and alleged Nazi-sympathizing views, making this inscription especially compelling. Astor had campaigned for the release of Gerhart's wife Elisabeth Seger from imprisonment in a concentration camp, which is presumably what the inscription refers to.

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Description

Octavo. Original black cloth, spine and front cover lettered in red. With the dust jacket.

Condition

Later part of the Wiener Library collection, with their deaccessioned library slip to front free endpaper over an earlier bookplate of the Hamlyn Marcus collection. Book a little bumped and worn at extremities, light separation between some gatherings, page corners slightly creased. A good copy in good jacket, torn and tape-repaired, though still holding.

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