Rudolf Hess, Prisoner of Peace
Hess's flight to Scotland and his years in prison
First edition, first printing. Hardback in dustwrapper. 22 × 14cm, 151pp
From the dustwrapper, "Rudolf Hess's daring, fruitless peace-flight to Britain was one of the outstanding episodes of the Second World War. In the introduction to this book Frau Ilse Hess describes those fateful days in May, 1941. Thereafter, she lets her husband speak through his own letters of the lone flight to Scotland and the adventurous night landing by parachute. The letters describe the years in English imprisonment, the months in the dock at Nuremberg, and his thoughts and conversations behind the walls of Spandau Prison. Hess was found not guilty by the International Military Court in Nuremberg of the charges of having committed crimes against humanity and war-crimes. He was found guilty of 'plotting against peace'."
The book is in good solid condition, though with some water splashes to the pages' fore-edge and a few small patches where the dustwrapper has stuck to the boards. The wrapper is in good order, some slight loss at the head of the spine and general edgewear but it has not been price-clipped and is now within a protective sleeve.