A fine example of Hitler's autobiography and political manifest. The copy offered for sale was published in 1941 by Central Publishing House of the NSDAP, Franz Eher, Nachf in Munich, Germany. Hitler dictated this book to his secretary, Rudolf Hess while imprisoned in Landsberg after the failed 1923 revolution. The first editions (1925 and 1926) were "Band I" (volume one), "Band II" (volume two) was first published in December 1926. Most of the "official" Third Reich copies (1933 to 1945) contained both volumes combined in one book, with the exception of several special and deluxe editions.
Very few copies of first editions have survived. In 1925, few people were interested when his book first came out. Originally, Hitler selected to title his book Viereinhalb Jahre [des Kampfes] gegen Lüge, Dummheit und Feigheit (Four and a Half Years [of Struggle] against Lies, Stupidity and Cowardice). His publisher, Max Amann, decided this title was too complicated and had it shortened to Mein Kampf (simply "My Struggle"). Before Hitler became Reich Chancellor of Germany in 1933, Mein Kampf did not sell very well; but, in 1933 alone 1.5 million copies were sold. It was illegal to resell any copies of Mein Kampf in Nazi Germany.
This "Wedding Edition" example dated 1941 is in wonderful condition due to the fact that it has been kept in its original pasteboard box. Although the blue paper covering has become a bit faded, it has done a remarkable job of protecting the book. The blue-black leather binding is in absolutely stunning condition as are the front and back covers. The tissue paper page protector and portrait of the Fuhrer are both present and in beautiful condition. On the front cover is an impressive gold embossed coat of arms which represents the town of Waltrop. The town of Waltrop is located in the district of Recklinghausen in North Rhine-Westphalia Germany. It is situated on the Datteln-Hamm Canal approximately 15 km east of Recklinghausen and 15 km north-west of Dortmund. As often is the case, the page with the name of the bride and groom has been removed perhaps to be put in a frame? or simply to protect their identities after the defeat of Germany.With Waltrop being such a small town the chances of finding an edition from this location would be nearly impossible especially in this condition; and, the fact that it still has the original box is just the icing on the cake!