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Valtin, Jan

Published by Alliance Cook Corporation, New York (1941)

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From: Good Old Books (Milwaukee, WI, U.S.A.)

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Item Description: Alliance Cook Corporation, New York, 1941. Blue Cloth. Book Condition: Good. First Ed.. 748 pages, missing the last page which I assume is the last page of the Who Who. The binding is a bit wobbly, pages 743 to 749 have a 1/4" hole. Basically, a signed reading copy. Size: 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. Signed and Inscribed By the Author. Autobiography. Bookseller Inventory # 000010465

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Valtin, Jan

Published by Alliance Book Corporation, NY (1941)

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From: Jon Speed: The Book Scout (Syracuse, NY, U.S.A.)

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Item Description: Alliance Book Corporation, NY, 1941. Original Cloth. Book Condition: Very Good. No Jacket. First Edition. 749pp. This copy briefly inscribed and signed by the author on the title page. An original photograph of the author is affixed to the back pastedown with tape, a sepia print in which he looks rather startled, a bit shady, and holding a lit cigarette. Valtin is a pen name for Richard Julius Hermann Krebs, a proponent of what may be one of the most interesting literary hoaxes of the World War Two period. Krebs claimed to have been a German Communist who was later expelled. In 1926 he came to the USA illegally and was arrested for the murder of a merchant seaman during a brawl. He was deported in 1929 and while back in Germany claimed to be a spy for the USSR (in this book, anyway). He claimed the earlier murder was the result of espionage work. In 1942 he was indicted as a Gestapo agent here in the US, but was cleared of these charges. The court revealed that the earlier murder had nothing to do with espionage (source: wikipedia). The spine lettering is a bit dulled. Corners bumped. Size: 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. Signed by Author. Bookseller Inventory # 012216

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Valtin, Jan

Published by Alliance Book Corporation, New York (1942)

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Item Description: Alliance Book Corporation, New York, 1942. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. First Edition. Spine lettering a bit faded. Endpapers browned; Limited edition # 250 of 300 copies SIGNED by the author in blue ink on bound in page; 8vo; 281 pages. Bookseller Inventory # 7873

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Valtin, Jan; [Krebs, Richard]; Rankin,

Published by Alliance Book Corporation (1942)

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From: Burnside Rare Books, ABAA (Portland, OR, U.S.A.)

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Item Description: Alliance Book Corporation, 1942. Hardcover. Book Condition: Collectible: Very Good. First Edition. Inscribed by author to former owner "with fond wishes, [signed] Jan Valtin / February 10, 1942" in black ink on front free endpaper. First edition, trade issue. xxxviii, 281pp. Original oatmeal cloth lettered in blue. Very Good with slight lean, a few light stains to cloth, slightly faded lettering on spine. No jacket. A follow-up to the German-born author's bestselling expose of KGB spy tactics Out of the Night, signed in the year of publication. Signed by Author. Bookseller Inventory # 171116001

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Valtin, Jan (aka Richard Julius Herman Krebs)

Published by Alliance Book Corporation, New York (1941)

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From: Raptis Rare Books, ABAA/ ILAB (Palm Beach, FL, U.S.A.)

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Item Description: Alliance Book Corporation, New York, 1941. First edition of Valtin's bestselling autobiographical narrative. Octavo, original blue cloth. Inscribed by the author, "To Polly and June _____ with admiration and cordial fond wishes from Jan Valtin June 1, 1941." Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Jacket art by George Salter. A bestseller in 1941, described as". . . full of sensational revelations and interspersed with episodes of daring, of desperate conflict, of torture, and of ruthless conspiracy . . . It is, first of all, an autobiography the like of which has seldom been." The son of a seafaring father, Richard Julius Herman Krebs, a.k.a. Jan Valtin, came of age as a bicycle messenger during a maritime rebellion. His life as an intimate insider account of the dramatic events of 1920’s and 1930s, where he rose both within the ranks of the Communist Party and on the Gestapo hit list. Known for his honesty and incredible memory, Krebs dedicated his life to the Communist Party, rising to a position as head of maritime, organizing worldwide for the Comintern, only to flee the Party and Europe to evade his own comrade’s attempts to kill him. As a professional revolutionary, agitator, spy and would-be assassin, Krebs traveled the globe from Germany to China, India to Sierra Leon, Moscow to the United States where a botched assassination attempt landed him a stint in San Quentin. From his spellbinding account of artful deception to gain release from a Nazi prison and his work as a double-agent within the Gestapo, to his vivid depiction of a Communist Party fraught with intrigue and subterfuge, Krebs gives an unflinching portrayal of the internal machinations of both parties. Writing at age 36 under the name Jan Valtin, Krebs lays bare a young life filled with idealism and devotion—disillusionment and loss—in a world full of revolutionary promise gone immeasurably wrong."An exciting, real book without a trace of unnecessary melodrama" (H.G.Wells). Bookseller Inventory # 4644

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