London: T. Werner Laurie, 1939. [Anti-Nazi Novel] UK FIRST EDITION. Octavo (19 x 14cm), pp.113, ;  publisher's advertisements. Publisher's black cloth with titles in yellow, in yellow typographic dust-jacket showing printed price of 3/6 net to the spine. Binding is tight, printing crisp with no spotting. Dust-wrapper is bright, with minor chips, tears, and creases, some loss at spine ends not affecting text. Seemingly scarce. Near Fine. Curiously, George Putnam, the US publisher of the book, claimed to have been abducted by two German speaking men, who dumped him in an abandoned house, due to the book's anti-nazi content. The Oakland Tribune (14 May 1939), which carried Putnam's remarks at a press conference, describes the novel as "a story of a Viennese doctor whose wife was killed by Nazis who subsequently has an opportunity to avenge himself by killing Adolf Hitler." Written in 1939, it predicts accurately Nazi atrocities, including deportations, and the attempted extermination of groups deemed suspect. Item #53296
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