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HITLER, Adolf.

The Speeches...

April 1922 - August 1939. An English Translation of Representative Passages arranged under Subjects and edited by Norman H. Baynes.

London: Oxford University Press, Issued under the Auspices of the Royal Institute of International Affairs, 1942 Stock Code: 126350
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First edition, first impression, of the first collection of Hitler's speeches in English. This set is a presentation copy from the editor, with a loosely inserted slip on which is printed "Sent at the request of Norman H. Baynes, Esq". Professor Baynes was the recently retired professor of Byzantine studies at University College London, who spent his war years working in the foreign research and press service. His fully annotated volumes of Hitler's pre-war speeches, published when the Nazi empire was at its greatest scope and power, were intended to offer to his wartime audience a vision of the enemy which they were fighting, in his own terms. "It is well that those who detest the system should yet realise with what persuasiveness National Socialism can be presented" (from Lord Astor's foreword).

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2 volumes, octavo. Original black cloth, spines lettered in gilt. With the dust jackets.


A few tiny marks to cloth, light discolouration to base of vol. I, else a very good set in the scarce dust jackets, some faint soiling, a few small chips, a couple of short closed tears, spine panels sunned.


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