BISMARCK: The Story of a Fighter.

Reprint. Signed and inscribed by the author to Charlie Chaplin. Publisher's original brown cloth with titles in black to the upper board and spine. Red top-stain. Illustrated with a black and white photographic portrait frontispiece and 15 further black and white photographic plates. A very good copy, the binding square and firm with a little rubbing to the boards, a touch of fading to the spine and a faint water mark to the foot of the spine. The contents are clean and bright throughout and remain free from any previous owners' inscriptions or stamps.

Inscribed by Emil Ludwig to Charlie Chaplin in pencil on the title page "To Charles Chaplin / Great Fighter against / invisible things / 20.10.33 / Ludwig". An account of the life of the German statesman Otto von Bismark (1815-1898) - mastermind of the unification of Germany in 1871 and the nation's first chancellor - by the German-Swiss author Emil Ludwig (1881-1948), best known for his biographies of "great" historical figures, which combined historical fact and fiction with psychological analysis. A nice association copy, presented to his friend the iconic comic actor, filmmaker, and composer, Charlie Chaplin, with whom he socialised in both the US and the South of France. A reprint of the first American edition of 1927, translated from the German of the 1926 first edition, the book, with its somewhat enigmatic dedication, was likely given by Ludwig during a trip to Hollywood, where he spent time at Chaplin's home; this meeting was captured in a photograph which shows the pair attending a film premiere on 13th October 1933 (a week before the date of the present inscription), and is also recalled in a later letter, in which Ludwig praises Chaplin's famous anti-Nazi satire "The Great Dictator" (1940), and which he ends by fondly stating that "the evenings in your house - I think, in '33, are unforgotten" (Ludwig to Chaplin, 18th Sept. 1941).

Stock code: 20671

£375

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