De Nieuwe Stem: The first appearance in print of Anne Frank's Diaries 1st 1946
The first appearance in print of Anne Frank's Diaries, this being fragments of her diary published in De Nieuwe Stem in 1946. This volume, in the publisher's hardback binding is in near fine condition. It is in an oatmeal cloth with blue lettering on the upper board and spine. The pages are very clean and the binding strong and square. There is a circular previous owner's bookplate on the title page. The contents is listed in contributor order and 'Frank, Anne. 'Dagboekfragmenten' (diary excerpts) is listed. The diary excerpts are 11 pages from page 431 to 442.
Otto Frank typed his daughter's diaries out and then initially gave a draft to people within his close circle to read. One of these people was professor Jan Romein. He initially wrote an article about what he had read on the front page of the newspaper 'Het Parool' in April 1946. He was also on the editorial board of literary journal De Nieuwe Stem [The New Voice]. In June 1946 Anne Frank made her posthumous debut with excerpts from her diary published for the first time. Then a year later the full draft was published under the title Het Acterhuis [The Secret Annex] in 1947. This first edition of De Nieuwe Stem with the diary fragments in them is scarce, with no other copies in commerce and two copies placed in institutions these being the British Library and University of Oxford.