First edition, first printing. Inscribed by Charlie Chaplin to Ludwig Koch. Rebound in later brown cloth with the original front panel laid down to the upper board. Illustrated with an engraved portrait frontispiece of Hindenburg. Earlier previous owner's inscription to the front free endpaper: "Meinem lieben schwiegervater / Hans Rei****[?]". A good copy, the binding square and tight; the contents, lacking the three folding maps and the final index page, with toning to page edges (due to the cheaper quality paper stock used), a narrow tide-line to the fore-edge of the preliminary pages, minor loss to the bottom corner margin of a couple of pages, and a little roughness to the edges of the final few pages are otherwise in good order.

Signed and inscribed in blue ink by Charlie Chaplin to the front free endpaper "To my friend Ludwig Koch / Chaplin". The first edition of the autobiography of Paul von Hindenburg, the German general and statesman who served as President of Germany from 1925 until his death in 1934, given by the iconic comic actor, filmmaker, and composer, Charlie Chaplin, to the pioneering sound-recorder and broadcaster Ludwig Karl Koch (1881-1974). A national hero due to his pivotal role in defending Germany from Russian attack during the First World War, following the political instability which marked his presidency, Hindenburg, although personally opposed to their ideology and activities, infamously played a key role in the Nazi Party's seizure of power, through his appointment of Hitler as Chancellor and his signing of the Enabling Act of 1933. The present work forms a memoir of the earlier glory days of this last democratically elected present of the Weimar Republic, and was perhaps a suitable gift from Chaplin, whose leftist and pacifist views first became apparent to his audiences through his famous anti-Nazi satire "The Great Dictator" (1940), to Koch, a German-Jewish broadcaster who had fled to Britain in 1936. An expert on recording animal sounds, Koch had created the first-known recording of bird song and became widely known to the British public through his ornithological sound books and natural history programmes on BBC radio during the 1940s. An interesting association copy.

Stock code: 20670


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