Lot 2016

Philip Ben Lieber – a personal first edition of "Mein Kampf", volume II, from Hitler's apartment at Prinzregentenplatz 16

German Historical Collectibles from 1919 onwards | A83r | Live auction | 608 Lots

Hammer price € 10,000

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The 354-page issue of 1927 with a red linen cover and the protective envelope, partially damaged, due to age, and restored. The typewritten provenance certification, bearing Lieber's original signature, pasted in the flyleaf, issued by the former 1st Lieutenant Philip Ben Lieber regarding the find in Hitler's apartment and the resale to the American collector, Ben E. Swearingen in 1964. Comes with a photocopy of the newspaper article "Local Officer Has Hitler's Jackets, Caps as Souvenirs - Lieut. Philip B. Lieber First To Enter Quarters at Munich" published by the "Shreveport Journal" in 1945, with a list of objects taken by Lieber from the apartment, also including "two copies of Mein Kampf in German". The present lot can be seen in a photograph here.
Moreover, a first edition of the 1st volume, published in 1925, about which Ben Swearingen wrote in an enclosed letter to another American collector in 1978: "In addition to this, I had a first edition (1925) of the first volume of Mein Kampf, but this I found in Munich some years later". Both volumes in linen/leather slipcases of later date.
Together with another lieutenant and his driver, Philip Ben Lieber, 692nd Tank Destroyer Battalion, was the first to enter Hitler's apartment in Munich and also took two of his jackets as souvenirs.

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