Berlin: Bruno Schultz Verlag, 1933.
Hard Cover. Book of German photographs from the 1930’s with an interesting association. The gift inscription on the front endpaper is to Mrs. Grover C. Bergdoll, whose husband was a rather notorious draft-dodger. Bergdoll was from a prominent German-American family in Philadelphia, and was an amateur aviator. He became known as the “Philadlephia Slacker”, when after registering for military service during World War I, he didn’t show up for a physical when drafted, going on the lam all across the country, and sending the authorities taunting postcards from each hideout. He became a tabloid sensation, and amount other rumors there was speculation that he wanted to serve as an aviator from the Fatherland. He was finally caught, sentenced to prison, and escaped again, this time fleeing to Germany. This book is from what one might call his “German years”, undoubtedly given to his wife while they were in exile in the Fatherland. Binding is a bit stained and the boards are splayed.
near Very Good binding.