According to Dennis McAuliffe Jr. {"Springtime for Spandau," Outlook, Sept. 6}, Hitler dedicated "Mein Kampf" to Rudolf Hess. If McAuliffe owns a copy showing this, or knows where to find one, we are on the track of a major rarity surpassing the much-touted upside-down postage stamp.

I happen to have for purely bibliophile purposes four different original editions of the fuehrer's dubious masterpiece dated 1935, 1939, 1940 and 1941. Not one of these bears a dedication to Hess. Each contains a collective dedication to 16 named participants in the Munich Putsch of 1923. Not even the index of persons and subjects contains the name of Rudolf Hess.

Andor C. Klay

According to Dennis McAuliffe Jr., Rudolf Hess should have been previously released from Spandau before he took his life on Aug. 17. He bases his belief on 1) the costs of keeping Hess incarcerated, 2) Hess' deteriorating physical condition, 3) his relative unimportance during the war and 4) the fact that extremists now consider him a martyr.

What McAuliffe doesn't state is that during Hess' trial he proudly affirmed his Nazi ties, praised Hitler and stated he would do it all over again if given the chance. If Hess is now a martyr, I for one do not consider him so and cannot find any who do.

Ron Cullen