Plea for George Dibbern
1959. George Dibbern was a German who, disavowing his citizenship, sailed to New Zealand during World War II as a "citizen of the world." He was put in an internment camp there nonetheless, but not before his book, Quest, was published in 1941, catching the attention of Henry Miller in 1945, who took up Dibbern as a cause, writing to him in the camp, urging people to buy the book and to send assistance to Dibbern's wife in Germany, and trying to get Quest re-published, as well as reviewing it himself in Circle magazine in 1946. This item is an offprint of a 1959 article in The New Zealand Herald that tells of Dibbern's ketch Te Rapunga capsizing in hurricane seas and being towed to shore by a Japanese ship. Stamped on one of the photos is "Henry Miller/ Big Sur, California" and "Emil White," beneath the hand-lettered (in red), "SOS." Folded to fit in a printed "The Story of George Dibbern's Quest/ From Henry Miller/ Big Sur, California" envelope, hand-addressed to Oscar Baradinsky (of Alicat Bookshop Press). Miller had the envelopes printed in 1958 for the second edition, twelve years after the first, of reprints of his Circle review of Dibbern's book [Shifreen & Jackson A54b]. Sending this mailing to Baradinsky, Miller was possibly still pushing for re-publication of Quest. Near fine. Scarce ephemeral piece. [#029687] $175
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