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Heinrich Himmler

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Heinrich Himmler, 1900-1945. Nazi Reichsführer-SS; Chief of the German Police; Minister of Interior, 1943-1945. Rare and important association book signed, in German, Always yours / H. Himmler.

Himmler has inscribed and signed this book as a birthday gift to Ulrich Graf, the man who most likely saved Adolf Hitler’s life by taking bullets for Hitler during the Beer Hall Putsch, Hitler’s attempted coup d’etat against the Bavarian government in 1923. Himmler himself had also participated in the putsch. The inscription reads: 

SS-Brigadeführer

Ulrich Graf

with my heartiest congratulations on your birthday

                                          Always yours

                                          H. Himmler

6 July 1943

Himmler has signed with a magnificent 3¼” signature on the free endpaper.

The inscription and signature are in extra fine condition. Himmler’s signatures do not come any better than this. The ink from Himmler’s initial H has offset onto the inside of the front cover, providing, in a sense, a second autograph.

The book itself is in good to very good condition overall. The hardcover binding is separating in the back and is a little loose, the corners of the cover boards are worn, and there are notes of provenance inside the back cover. The original dust jacket accompanies the book, but it is in poor condition. Both the dust jacket and the book show some dampstaining, more on the dust jacket than on the book itself. The stains do not affect the endpaper bearing Himmler’s inscription and signature.

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