Deutschlands Autobahnen. Adolf Hitlers Straßen [Germany's Highways. Hitler's Streets]. Gauverlag Bayerische Ostmark GmbH, Bayreuth., 1937. 278 pp. [94 pp. text] + 13 color fold-out maps bound in. 23.5 - 25 cm. First edition. Clothbound with debossed design. Black-and-white reproductions.
The idea of the Autobahn was conceived during the Weimar Republic; construction was spotty, though, during the years economic turmoil. Despite earlier Nazi suspicion of that automobile travel was elitist and unaffordable, almost immediately after the 1933 Nazi takeover, Hitler quickly realized that the autobahns served his propaganda purposes to a 'T'. This 1937 book, whose pictures were produced by anonymous contributors, is the apotheosis the Nazi effort to appropriate the Autobahn and the car as symbols of Nazi greatness. Paradoxically, it employs many of the New Objectivist techniques that should have made the Nazis suspicious. With 13 bound in maps.
Trace of wear to 'tips'; very slight curve to boards; otherwise Fine-.