[‘the lover of words (as I am)’: Lord Birkett, judge, British representative at the Nuremberg Trials.] Two Typed Letters Signed, one with long Autograph Postscript, and Typed Note Signed, all to V. H. Collins, defending his use of language.

Lord Birkett [William Norman Birkett, 1st Baron Birkett] (1883-1962), judge, a British representative at the Nuremberg Trials, Lord Justice of Appeal, Liberal Member of Parliament [Vere Henry Collins]
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LETTERS: 9 July 1953 and 11 May 1954. NOTE: 14 July 1953. All three items on letterheads of the Royal Courts of Justice, Strand, London, WC2.

The third letter gives an excellent indication of Birkett’s pride in his use of language. See his entry in the Oxford DNB. The recipient Vere Henry Collins (1872-1966), was an author and grammatical stickler. All three signed ‘Norman Birkett’. In fair condition, lightly aged and little grubby. The first letter with a small hole to one corner, and the two leaves of the last letter held together with a pin. ONE: ALS, 9 July 1953. 1pp, 4to. He is adding Collins’s book to his ‘select library on “words”’.

[ Field Marshal Wilhelm Keitel interviewed at Nuremberg. ] Original carbon of Typed Affidavit, in English, by 'Field Marshal Keitel', giving his detailed answers to five questions by 'Maj K W Hechler'.

Field Marshal Wilhelm Keitel (1882-1946), highest-ranking German army officer executed at Nuremberg; K. W. Hechler [Kenneth William Hechler; Ken Hechler ] (b.1914), American politician [ Nazi Party ]
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Place not stated [ United States Army, Nuremberg, Germany ]. 24 July 1945.

2pp., 8vo. Single-spaced. In fair condition, on two leaves of lightly-aged air mail paper, with punch holes to left-hand margins and at head. Made out to be signed by 'Keitel | Generalfeldmarschall | (Field Marshal)'. The five questions are: 'What was your estimate in 1939 of the speed and capabilities of the U.S. to build up a war machine? Did the U.S. exceed your expectations in producing war material and training an army?' (26 line response), 'On what basis did you estimate that Germany could complete its campaign in Europe before the U.S.

[Vendôme Column; entry into Paris of Prussians and Russians, 1814.] Hand-coloured engraving: ‘Wie die verbündeten Heere, an ihrer Spitze der Kaiser von Russland, und der König von Preussen, unter dem Iubel des Volks’.

[Vendôme Column; entry of Prussians and Russians into Paris, 1814] Friedrich Campe (1777-1846), Nuremberg print and book publisher [Napoleon Bonaparte]
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Circa 1815. [‘Nurnberg bei Friedrich Campe’.]

An uncommon illustration: no other coloured copy traced. Rovinsky 1889, No. 773 (p.151); and Morozov 1912, No. 782 (p.125). Approximately 21.5 x 17 cm, with dimensions of plate 21.25 x 15.5 cm. Tightly cropped, and without the publisher’s details at the foot, and the number 552 at top right. Tastefully coloured in blue, yellow, brown and red. Discoloured and spotted, with closed tear at head over blank area of design, and other damage to blank areas repaired on reverse with archival tape.

[Lord Birkett, judge who officiated at the Nuremberg Trials.] Two Typed Letters Signed (both 'Norman Birkett') to 'Mr Burnett', i.e. Hugh Burnett, producer of BBC TV series 'Face to Face', regarding arrangements for his interview by John Freeman.

Lord Birkett [William Norman Birkett, 1st Baron Birkett] (1883-1962), judge, a British representative at the Nuremberg Trials [Hugh Burnett (1924-2011), producer of BBC TV series 'Face to Face']
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On letterhead of the Royal Courts of Justice, Strand, London, W.C.2. 25 May and 9 July 1953.

'Face to Face', consisting of interviews of notable figures by John Freeman, was a television milestone, and Birkett's was the first interview in the series, broadcast on 4 February 1959. As Burnett recalled in his book of the series: 'Lord Birkett was the first guest on FACE TO FACE. It was a live transmission, as were most FACE TO FACE broadcasts, and much of the character and success of the whole new series depended on his candour and co-operation. We plotted together as we had often done in the past. He enjoyed broadcasting and he liked the challenge of attempting something new.

Autograph Note Signed ('Hartley Shawcross') to J. Livingstone of Newcastle-on-Tyne.

Sir Hartley William Shawcross [Lord Shawcross] (1902-2003), English jurist, chief prosecuting counsel at the Nuremberg War Trials [Tribunal], 1945-1946
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25 July 1949; on letterhead of the Royal Courts of Justice, London.

12mo, 1 p. On aged and creased paper. He has autographed the picture sent by Livingstone, and is returning it.

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