Manila: Bookmark, 1967. First Edition. Two volumes, octavo, xvi 662pp., vii (1) 682pp., b&w illustrations, grey boards, illustrated dust jackets with red lettering. Minor wear mark to the base of each text block, light creasing and wear to the corners of the dust jackets. Both volumes signed by the author. Previous ownership stamp to both title pages. Loosely inserted is a 'Compliments of Bookmark' slip to which has been added 'A.V.H.Hartendorp/author' in type under 'Compliments of'. Item #807
Abraham Van Heyningen Hartendorp (1893–1975) was an American writer and editor who was interned in the Santo Tomas Internment Camp for thirty-seven months during World War II. His is a lenghty and thorough account of life for civilian prisoners under the Japanese occupation of the Philippines. According to the inside flap of the dust-jacket, the work was commissioned by President Manuel L. Quezon who Hartendorp served as an advisor: "'President Quezon wants you to keep a record', Executive Secretary Jorges B Vargas told Hartendorp two days before the Japanese forces entered Manila, 'keep the best record you can'."