BOOKS #42001 Wedding Presentation Copy of Mein Kampf with Original Sleeve, 1936 Edition
The sleeve itself shows some superficial wear, but this is not unusual as its sole purpose was to absorb damage that would have otherwise effected the volume itself. The fact that the sleeve remains at all is noteworthy, as most of them were lost or discarded.
The spine of the book shows only very minor traces of hand wear and the original gilded author, title, and oak leaf sprig remains 100% intact. This is very nice to see, as this gilding is normally marred or missing. The hard cover of the book is a pale tan, with normal, minor foxing. The coat of arms of the city of Stuttgart (a rearing black horse) appears in the lower right hand corner. The four cord sewn binding remains very sound, which is always good to see.
The pages show only the typical, unavoidable (and very minor) yellowing associated with a book that is over 80 years old.
The first page has a handwritten dedication to the newlyweds, which is a bit difficult to read as period German handwriting ranges from inscrutable to cryptic with very few stops at legibility in-between. The happy couple seems to be made up of “Loffler" and "Klink", although I'm not sure who is who. The Bürgermeister of Stuttgart has signed this copy, presumably with his best wishes.
An excellent edition of Mein Kampf here, in very choice condition and with a scarce protective sleeve.
BOOKS #41492 NSKK / NSFK Uniforms, Organization & History - LTC John R. Angolia & David Littlejohn
This is a 1st Edition, printed in 1994. In terms of condition, this book is immaculate; if you can find a flaw anywhere on this copy, you are most likely the type of person that would take issue with a free lunch. It is a high quality hardcover and runs for a whopping 464 pages. While it lacks color photography, it makes up for this with a staggering amount of black and white images. If you enjoy period, in-wear photography you will not be disappointed.
A collaboration by two of the most noteworthy authors on the subject of militaria, this book is a extensive, dare I say, exhaustive examination of the Nazi driving and flying corps. No stone is left unturned; what seems like the sum total of the history, organization, and accoutrements of both the NSKK and NSFK are laid bare for the reader.
An impossible to overrate book on an underappreciated subject. No collection of books on the subject of WW2 Germany is truly complete without this title.
BOOKS #41490 The SA / A Historical Perspective - Jill Halcomb
This is an author signed and serial numbered 1st Edition, #323 of of 500. It was printed in 1985 and runs for 277 pages. The book remains in excellent condition, with the intact, original dust jacket showing only the most minor wear.
A book on the subject of the SA is nothing unusual now but this was certainly not the case in 1985; at the very height of the era of crass materialism, gross jingoism, and rampant anti-intellectualism (to say nothing of the cocaine fueled rape of the country by the parasites on Wall Street) I'm surprised any books were printed at all. An SA book penned by a woman, however, was rarer than a honest man in the Reagan administration.
In context this book was groundbreaking, touting itself as "the only full-length history of the SA available in English", which was largely true. Halcomb does not write from her point of view as a women, but rather a historian, collector and enthusiast; this is no feminist reconstruction or revisionist fantasy. The influence of Angolia can clearly been seen on the pages of this book in terms of style and layout. A study of the Sturmabteilung's major role in the development and survival of the NSDAP, this book is densely packed with tight prose, rare period photographs, and detailed line drawings.
A rare title here, and certainly unique fish in a sea of military books.
BOOKS #41246C For Führer and Fatherland / Political & Civil Awards of the Third Reich - LTC John R. Angolia
This reference book deals, as per the title, with the various Political and Civil awards issued by the Party. It is a first edition printed in 1976 and has 450 pages, in very good condition with only some extremely mild wear to the top and bottom of the spine and the corners. There is no dust jacket, but the hard cover is printed in full color. Internally the pages have very little (if any) discoloration from age.
Angolia is widely regarded as one of the giants of militaria reference, and this book show why. It is loaded with period and modern photographs, with the awards a fleshed out with period in-wear shots and close up details of not only the various awards but also the associated cases and documents. And the scope is not limited to medals; there are all sorts of award plaques, trophies, ribbon bars and the like included as well. Although the images in this book are entirely in black and white, the interesting page layout (to say nothing of the immense amount of information) manages to keep it from feeling too dated.
If you are a medals collector this is a work you will want in your library.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $175.00
BOOKS #41244C Germany Awake (Deutschland Erwache): The History & Development of the Nazi Party and the "Germany Awake" Standards - Ulric of England / Otto Spronk
Ulric's magnum opus, this incredible book can best be described as a "labor of love"; it is a painstakingly detailed, scholarly look at both the history of the Party and its iconography in general and the famous (or infamous) Deutschland Erwache Standards in particular.
The writing of this book was a cyclopean effort, to say the least. Spanning 512 pages, it is a literal treasure trove of period photographs (some extremely rare), meticulous line illustrations, and the kind of insightful writing that only comes from an author who is truly passionate about his subject. You can throw superlatives at this title all day long and they all will stick.
This particular example is a first edition, signed copy, one of the first 500 printed. This volume is No. 337. The overall condition is superb, with only extremely minor, almost negligible wear to the corners and no page discoloration whatsoever.
Long out of print, this book is increasingly difficult to locate, especially in good condition,.A true must-have for your library here, and an opportunity not to be missed by the serious collector.
Near Mint. $300.00
BOOKS #41242C Die Trommel / SA Geditche (The Drum / SA Poems) - Heinrich Anacker
This small volume is, as unlikely as it may seem, a collection of SA poems. To me poetry is the last thing that springs to mind when I consider the roustabouts and jack-booted thugs of the SA, but it just goes to show you that truth is always much stranger than fiction.
This is one of the later editions, published in 1940. The condition is generally good, with the flaws being limited to some soiling on the back cover and typical page yellowing. In the main, however, the book remains quite sound. It spans 127 pages, with about a poem per page. The tortuous Faktur font makes easy reading an impossibility for most, but I'm sure a determined individual could decipher it. From what I can make out the subject matter is, in the main, the sort of militant nationalism, marching songs, and maudlin sentimentality that seems to have been wildly popular with the Nazis. It includes such uplifting titles as "Brown is Our Combat Garment", "The Torch Goes Hand to Hand", "England's Hour is Struck", and "The Dead Comrades".
Heinrich Anacker was one of the most active and successful propaganda writers of National Socialism, and one of the first to write poetry about the Nazi movement. The former member of Wandervogel was personally acquainted with leading National Socialists such as the infamous Julius Streicher, who did much to promote his writings. He managed to escape prosecution at the end of the war, living until 1971.
A scarce title here, and perfect as an addition to any SA collection.
BOOKS #28538 Pionierdienst aller Waffen - ES Mittler & Sohn, Berlin
This little book remains in very good condition, which is surprising given its age and the fact it was a manual for German pioneers, who were very hard working men,. The title roughly translates to "Pioneer Service of All Weapons".
It is a densely packed little volume, 444 pages long and crammed with 330 diagrams and drawings, as well as 9 pages of the original owners penciled notes. The amount of information they've managed to stuff in here in frankly amazing, with topics ranging from bridge construction and crossing fords to the construction of field fortifications and bivouacs. And of course no German manual would be complete without dozens of pages of sternly worded safety regulations! It must be seen to be believed, and is fun to thumb through even if you can't read the tortuous German gothic font.
A fantastic period manual here. Pair it up with a pioneer bayonet and go out and practice your lashings and latrine digging!
BOOKS #40810C Hitler baut Grossdeutschland - Heinrich Hoffmann
There are the usual images of cheering masses, seas of billowing banners, and the usual fanfare. Also the great Hitler Mercedes (a car of truly epic proportions) makes a noteworthy appearance. There are also a great many outstanding in-wear uniform images.
A very good Hoffmann title here.
BOOKS #40811C Hitler befreit Sudetenland - Heinrich Hoffmann
There are some great images of the characters involved, including Heinlein, Mussolini, and Göring, and many shots of merry German soldiers marching past the even merrier Sudeten Germans. They look genuinely happy, but it was probably unwise to appear otherwise in front of marching columns of heavily armed men.
A good Hoffmann propaganda title here, capturing an interesting moment in history.
BOOKS #40812C Hitler in Seiner Heimat - Heinrich Hoffmann
This is a softcover edition, 64 pages long. In English the title of this book would read, "Hitler in his Homeland", a very touching title that shows the more sensitive side of one of the most infamous men in history.
This book is loaded with images of the usual suspects: Hitler, of course, as well as Göring and his Wedding Sword, Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler, Reichsstatthalter Dr. Arthur Seyss-Inquart, Hess, and the rest of the jolly gang.
You'll have to choke back your tears at the carefully staged propaganda shots of Hitler at his parents grave in Leonding. After you're regained your composure you'll see images of Hitler's youthful stomping grounds of Braunau am Inn, Linz, and Melk, as well as the usual obligatory masses of wildly cheering Germans.
An effective propaganda title here, and textbook Hoffman.
BOOKS #40813C Ein Volk ehrt seinen Führer - Heinrich Hoffmann
It features many images coming from Hitler's gala 50th birthday celebration on 20 April, 1939. There are plenty of in-wear shots and photos of the usual infamous people, as well as the obligatory beaming masses of German "volk".
A good item for the collector of period books here.
BOOKS #40701C Swords of Germany 1900/1945 - Jack Angolia
This book was first published in 1988 and has been out of print for decades. This example is in choice condition, with an added plastic cover.
If you are collecting swords or just wish to expand your knowledge on the subject, this book is a must-have addition for your library.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $150.00
BOOKS #40220C A Reference on Daggers and Dress Bayonets Illustrated - R. & L. Enterprises
This book was one of the first published works on the subject of German Daggers, coming on the market way back in 1959. It must have been a sight on the shelves, with the red cover and large swastika!
There are a few mistakes in this book, as well as some exotic daggers that were being reproduced at this early date. In the main, however, it is a interesting reference book. It spans 60 pages, with plenty of captioned photos.
This book is considered a classic in the hobby, and is a must for your library.
BOOKS #39802C Adolf Hitler Cigarette Album
These albums were given out by cigarette companies and as cigarettes were purchased the pictures which were to be put into them were given out. The book is 133 pages. This particular volume is not in very good shape at all, but might still be useful if you'd like to salvage the images.
These cigarette albums were Party propaganda publications and the pictures contained within look identical to genuine photographs. If you have never seen one of these photo albums you are in for a real treat. The album details in photography, as well as printed text in the German language, the rise of Adolf Hitler as Chancellor. The album covers the first few years of the Party, being printed in 1936. Just looking at this book for about a half an hour will get you all excited about this hobby and the history behind it all.
An original period album here, with condition issues but priced to sell.
BOOKS #36464 Deutschland Erwacht Cigarette Album
This Deutschland Erwacht cigarette album is missing the dust cover and does show some wear. The album consists of 153 pages of text, in Germans, as well as hundreds of outstanding photographs of the period.
These albums cover the rise of Hitler and the Nazis to power in 1933. They are very exciting and meant to instill enthusiasm in the viewer. This is one of the few albums that remains where the original Röhm photographs are still intact. Most of the time the Röhm photos were removed and his replacement Viktor Lütze replaced him.
This album is complete and also has the large pull out picture of the Nuremberg rallies.
BOOKS #39081C Period Gebruder Gräfrath Catalog
The catalog spans 12 pages and measures 11 ½ by 8 inches.
A scarce period catalog here, in very collectible condition.
BOOKS #39080C Paul Seilheimer Catalog
This catalog is 7 pages long and details the Seilheimer line. Detailed within are both of the company logos; a dog with a sword in his mouth and the champagne glass and sword. Depicted inside are assorted swords, Army Daggers and hangers, Luftwaffe daggers, bayonets, Naval Dirks, Land and Sea Customs daggers, HJ, SA and NSKK daggers as well as Forestry/Hunting pieces.
A very fine period catalog here, of special interest to those collecting Hunting a Forestry pieces; Seilheimer examples are very much in demand.
Near Mint. $75.00
BOOKS #38372C Seven Volume “Das Dritte Reich” Chronicles
This set of seven books is the first of the type I have encountered over the years. The first volume covers from 1918 through 1933. After this, each book covers an individual years from 1934 through 1939. They are all leather bound and have finely gilded titles.
The book, of course, are all in German and average over 400 pages each. At the end of each book there are approximately 50 pages of photographs. There images are fantastic, most of which I have never seen before. Many are very exciting, as they depict the interesting events of each years during the rise of the Party up until the outbreak of the war. These books are a treasure trove of information for someone who reads German, to be sure.
I believe that a this set of books could be an outstanding asset to a military library. A great opportunity here to acquire a very importmant set of historical volumes.
BOOKS #37672 Wedding Presentation Copy of Mein Kampf
This Mein Kampf has a good hard cover with a spine covered in blue leather. The oak leaf spring and the word “Kampf” still have their gilded finish. The word “Mein” as well as “Adolf Hitler” have been rubbed out. Other than this the book is in good condition. The book measures 7 ½ inches by 5 inches and has a printing date of 1943.
The first page has a handwritten dedication to the newlyweds, “Schümann / Rarskowiak”. This copy was was given by the “Stansamt I” in Hanover, and dated in ink “11 Dezember 1943”. The Bürgermeister has signed this copy with his best wishes.
A good copy of Mein Kampf here, especially interesting given the official signature and dedication.
BOOKS #33629 Deutsche Heldenflieger (German Pilot Hero)
The book consists of 34 pages which picture many of the famous (and infamous) Imperial flyers, as well as many Blue Max winners.
This booklet was apparently produced as a series as there are others listed on the inner cover having various topics. This book is in absolutely brand new condition and is a nice addition to an Imperial flying collectors library.
BOOKS #34009C Book of Prints “Maler und Zeichner”
The prints inside are in perfect condition some being in color and other being in the form of pencil drawings. There are some very beautifully done scenes of war destruction as well as soldiers in action. Any one of these prints could be framed and make a nice highlight to a collection. Each print is mounted on a paper backing. An excellent set of works probably done early in the war.
Excellent Plus. $215.00
BOOKS #36295 Weapons of Warriors - Vic Diehl & Hermann Hampe
At nearly 400 pages, Weapons of Warriors is a definitive photographic study of the most renowned, prestigious, and historic Arabic and Turkish swords from the 12th through the 19th century. Each and every sword featured in this book has been professionally photographed, in the highest resolution and truest color. Each weapon has been lovingly displayed at multiple angles, many at actual size, with two-page spreads to provide the reader with the most detailed appreciation of the craftsmanship and artistry involved in the creation of these famous Shamshirs, Kilics, Nimchas, Yatagans, and Saifs. I cannot overstate the beauty of these images; this book is a feast for the eyes.
The world-reknowned Askeri Military Museum of Istanbul, Turkey, has set a new standard in cultural exchange by opening its entire collection to the authors. The museum staff provided every assistance to be certain that their most magnificent and important weapons were photographed for this study; the museum Director of Edged Weapons even took the time to pen an essay (included herein) on the Turkish Yatagan! Working with the authors was an international team of writers from Germany, India, and Egypt who provided additional information on the science and craftsmanship involved in the creation these historically significant blades, the mechanics of traditional "Koftgari" decoration, as well as the translation of ancient passages and Quranic verses that adorn the examples featured in this study. It is truly a comprehensive work.
This beautiful, large format book (measuring 13" by 9") is produced for everyone who loves the lore and lure of edged weapons, whether they are beginning students, historians, collectors, or connoisseurs.
BOOKS #36164 Czechoslovakian Edged weapons 1918-1953 - Jan Zeleny and Jiri Smejhkal
This large format hardback book has 479 pages and is in full color. All text is in both the English and Czech language. The book features amazing period in-wear photos mated with outstanding edged weapons photography featuring many pictures of each dagger, hanger and even daggers in a take-down state. Includes sections on Czech daggers from the post WWI period, and then all of the Army and Air Force edged weapons worn by Czech and Slovak Forces, Customs Service, State Forest Service, Army Forest, Kuratorium, Government Army, Hlinka Guard, Slovak Diplomatic and many presentation daggers.
Many of these Czech daggers enjoy high collectivity interest and are often quite valuable. A great book to add to your library. An extremely worthwhile reference and a top-notch, quality book. Highly recommended!
$85.00 + Shipping
This book covers the tableware and silverware used throughout the NSDAP organizations, Party Hotels, Railway system, German Wehrmacht organizations and personal monograms. The book contains a total of 636 pages with most interesting commentary and little known facts by the author and collector, James Yannes.
There are literally hundred of patterns pictured, with fine close-up photos of monograms and organization markings. For the first time, these patterns of flatware and table items frequently encountered can be accurately identified and appreciated for their true significance. I collect flatware myself and am very pleased to finally see a well-researched volume of this caliber.
This book is sure to have a positive affect on this growing marketplace. An excellent book to expand your knowledge and appreciation of this previously little-known collecting field.
$65.00, plus $15.00 domestic shipping.
BOOKS #33355 German Swords and Daggers - Xu Xin
The author, Xu Xin, has gone to great lengths to take photographs of many rare and beautiful Imperial as well as Third Reich edged weapons. His purpose with this reference is to introduce Chinese collectors to the workmanship and the elegance of the swords and daggers made for Imperial and Third Reich Germany. Although the captions are all in Chinese, it does not take much understanding to comprehend beautiful photography and color.
The book is reasonably priced and is a bargain considering the pleasure and value you will receive looking at these beautiful photographs for many years to come. It is also a good opportunity to support our hobby in Asia, as the Chinese are doing quite well and on their way to a sound middle class society. There is no reason why they will not grow to appreciate the hobby as much as we do in the west.
The book measures 10¼” x 10¼” with hard back and color dust cover. An excellent value.
BOOKS #32416C Iron Fist / Classic Armored Warfare Case Studies - Bryann Perrett
Since its development in the early 20th century, the armored tank has played an pivotal role in warfare. This title examines the evolution of these vehicles, their effects on the science of war, as well the ways battle has shaped the tank.
Perret selects prime examples of armored action from the two World Wars, the Middle East, Vietnam, and the Gulf War, and vividly re-creates the swirling chaos of the battlefield, all the while telling the story of mechanized armor. Among the compelling case studies: 1991's Operation Desert Sabre in Kuwait. In hardcover with dust jacket.
Excellent Plus. $35.00
BOOKS #27530C Les Armes Blanches Du IIIe Reich - Dominique Venner
This is a French language title detailing the edged weapons of the Third Reich. Unfortunately, my knowledge of the French language does not extend much further than "Bonjour!", "Comment allez-vous?", and "Est-ce que vous parlez anglais?" so writing an accurate description has been a bit tricky.
This book is in hard cover format with the dust jacket intact. There is only very minor wear evident throughout. A reasonably rare title for the miltary minded Francophone or die hard book collector.
This hardbound edition, authored by expert Wayne Techet, covers just about everything the collector or enthusiast would need to know about Third Reich etched bayonets.264 pages of color and black and white photographs, that are second to none, with accompanying captions.A vast amount of information here!
The author presents a fantastic overview of etched bayonets, ways in which to detect reproductions, and insight into many, many makers. Also included are rare SSand Panzer patterns and a value guide to different motiffs.
BOOKS #25849 Deutsche Uniformen und Seitengewehre (German Uniforms & Bayonets 1841/1945) - Claus Lübbe
There are over 650 fantastic, clearly defined photographs showing uniforms and bayonets, guns, swords, and medals in-wear. Many of the clear photos show blow-ups of the edged weapons themselves. There are 161 Pages. All captions are labeled both in German and in English. I have learned a lot about German uniforms, regiments, spiked helmets, and bayonet varieties just looking at these photos, and you will too.
BOOKS #16785 Flags & Standards of the Third Reich - Brian Leigh Davis
Many of the photos show period in-use examples, not to mention a host of choice Mercedes cars packed full of Field Marshalls! It is 160 pages of photos and text, laid down by one of the leading militaria experts in the world, Brian Leigh Davis. This book was first published in 1975, and is just as an exciting read today as it was over 30 years ago!This copy is complete with the original dust jacket.
Excellent Plus. $175.00
BOOKS #25823 Guide to Military Dress Daggers, Volume 1 - Kurt Glemser
This softback format is 160 pages of excellent photos and text. For the first time, the foreign daggers of both WW1 and WW2 are finally identified. Although the Milestone chapter in Tom Johnson's great series is excellent, it is tremendous to have a first rate reference devoted to this area.
In addition to the foreign pieces, Kurt also covers German Damascus makers and their tang marks, German Imperial Naval pieces, fantasy pieces and even the current reproductions coming out of Texas. An extremely worthwhile addition to your reference library. The price is a "song" compared to the value you will receive from this book. Highly recommended.
BOOKS #25843 Guide to Military Dress Daggers, Volume 2 - Kurt Glemser
This second volume continues the picturing and identification of many of the Axis and some Imperial German and Austrian rare variations. It includes lots of great photographs and text, all in a hardback format with beautiful dust cover.
Many of the daggers covered are not seen in any other references. There is even a chapter devoted to the beautiful Damast blades made during the Imperial heydays of Germany. 160 Pages. Volume 1 of this book sold well, so should this one. Don't miss out as productions runs are limited. Highly recommended reference.
BOOKS #25820 Guide to Military Dress Daggers, Volume 3 - Kurt Glemser
Kurt Glemser continues his outstanding efforts with Axis and Foreign daggers with the recent introduction of Volume 3 of his series. This hardbound, 260 page book, in 6" x 9 1/2" format, comes with beautiful color dust cover.
For the first time in his series, Glemser addresses the beautiful Italian Naval Cadet dirks, Romanian edged weapons are detailed from their inception, new information is disclosed on the Austrian Pilots dagger, the Croatian daggers of former Yugoslavia are discussed in detail, the true beauty of the awesome Czech and Slovakians Pilots daggers of the former Czechoslovakia are revealed.
If this were not enough, there is an extensive chapter on the extremely well-made Swiss Army daggers, a chapter on Polish daggers, and finally the art of Damascus is discussed with Egon Dinger, the son of the famous Damascus smith family active during Imperial and Third Reich Germany.
A tremendous effort here, and a must for every serious edged weapons collection library.
BOOKS #25944 Officer Swords of the German Navy
A hardbound "SCHIFFER MILITARY HISTORY BOOK" with analysis of German swords from many different periods. This 174 page book by Claus and Dirk Stefanski examines, in great detail, the swords of the Prussian Navy, the German Reichs Fleet, the Hamburg Flotilla, the North German Federation Navy, the Reichsmarine, the Kreigsmarine, and many more.
This book offers a comprehensive written study of the history behind these swords accompanied by deeply detailed photographs in color and black and white. Fantastic crisp photography of these historic swords and of those who wore them. Included is also a study of portepees and a section on Damascus blades. A must have for those who love German swords or the beginner collector seeking invaluable knowledge. 9" x 11 1/4" 1st Edition w/ dustjacket.
BOOKS #26113 Edged Weapon Accoutrements of Germany, 1800/1945
A fantastic 154 page hard bound book that helps identify German portepees, bayonets, troddels, and other accoutrements from 1800 through the end of World War II. This reference contains wonderful rare period photographs of soldiers and officers in full dress regalia accompanied with their corresponding accoutrements. There is a vast index of troddels to help answer which sword or dagger they may of belong to and to which region of origin they were made. There is also various color groupings of knots.
For collectors of the Third Reich there is gigantic photographic evidence of how accoutrements appeared and how they were worn on their respective dagger or sword. Information on Prussia, Bavaria, Hesse, Mecklenburg, Saxony, Wurttemberg, the Empire, Portepees, Hangers, and Knots. Glossary of terms is included. Published in 2002 by Reddick Enterprises.Contributing authors include Heinrich Kreutz, Rolf Hofmann, Thomas M. Johnson, and J. Rex Reddick. A must have reference guide for the serious collector.
BOOKS #26135 Uniforms of the Third Reich, a Study in Photographs
The book contains uniforms from the Army, Luftwaffe, Kreigsmarine, Waffen-SS, Allgemeine-SS, Hitler Youth, and Political Leaders. Fine detail of accommodating accoutrements as well. Great book, hard to put down. Authored by Arthur Hayes and Jon Maguire, and published in 1997.
BOOKS #27447 Luftwaffe Rudder Markings
This is an informative reference on the broad and interesting topic of Luftwaffe rudder markings. Lots of different aircrafts, units, and pilots are covered. Presented in black and white photography. For those researchers or enthusiasts of the Luftwaffe this book is a must.