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The Campus Strikes Against War

By Lash, Joseph P.

New York: Student League for Industrial Democracy, n.d. [1934]. First Edition, First Printing. 8vo (9 x 6 inches; 230 x 150 mm), 11, [1] pages, in illustrated stapled wrappers. An account of nationwide antiwar strikes on university campuses on April 13, 1934, with black-and-white photographs of the strike action at several schools. The strikes were organized by the Socialist-led Student League for Industrial Democracy (publisher of this pamphlet) and the Communist-led National Student League. The author, Joseph P. Lash, headed the Socialist organization. The pamphlet recounts the strike action at various campuses, especially at Columbia, Hunter, and City Colleges in New York, where organizers said 15,000 students had walked out of their classrooms. Students protested compulsory enrollment in the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) and supported the "Oxford Pledge," meaning they would not support government in the event of war. At 11 a.m. on the day of the strike, students cut their classes and attended one-hour campus demonstrations. "They cheered speakers who denounced war, attacked militarism and imperialism, and adopted resolutions embodying the so-called Oxford pledge against war," The New York Times reported in a front-page article the next day. The Times also reported that "disorders" occurred at Harvard and Johns Hopkins, where right-wing students clashed with demonstrators. "The Cambridge meeting ended in a barrage of grapefruit and onions, the Baltimore affair in a stream from a fire hose which dispersed both pacifists and patriots," The Times said. "Trouble at other colleges and universities was confined to boos, catcalls and noisy disputes between student factions." (The New York Times, April 14, 1934, page 1.) The emergence of this protest movement represented a radical shift in American student politics. (See Mari Jo Buhle, et al., Encyclopedia of the American Left, University of Illinois Press, 1992, pages 752-755, for an excellent discussion of the growth of the student movement.) During the prosperous 1920s, students were mostly indifferent or even hostile to the Left. But then the Depression struck. The Left increasingly gained sympathizers because the economic crisis seemed to confirm the radicals' critique of American capitalism. And students were worried about the possibility of another war, given the world situation: Hitler's rise to power, Mussolini's increasingly aggressive Fascism, and, Japan's invasion of Manchuria. Moreover, many students were swayed by revisionist historians' explanations of the origins of American involvement in World War I: to protect the profits of bankers and arms makers. Indeed, this pamphlet suggests an awakening of American students: "Our strike shattered the granite-like indifference of the American student.... The American student is on the move." (page 11). That was certainly true, as there were even larger antiwar student strikes in the following years. OCLC shows only three institutional holdings of this 1934 pamphlet: Duke, London, and Oxford. Another pamphlet, with the same author and title but running 46 pages, appeared the following year and is more widely held by institutions. There were no other copies in commerce as of December 1, 2019. Seidman L99 (Joel Seidman, editor, Communism in the United States--A Bibliography, Cornell University Press, 1969). A rare pamphlet documenting the political awakening of college students during the dark years of the Depression. RARE. CONDITION: Soiling and creasing to wrappers, staples rusted. About Very Good.


Letter to Maurice Thorez

By Césaire, Aimé

Paris: Editions Présence africaine, 1957. 12mo (7 1/16 x 4 1/2 inches; 180 x 113 mm), 15, [1] pages in stapled green-gray wrappers, with errata slip pasted to recto of lower wrapper. A letter from the Martinique poet and politician Aimé Césaire to Maurice Thorez, secretary general of the French Communist Party. Césaire announces his resignation from the party, citing Stalin's crimes and the party's treatment of nonwhite people. Césaire's letter is dated October 24, 1956, one day after the start of the Hungarian Uprising against the Soviet Union and eight months following Nikita Khrushchev's "secret speech" documenting Stalin's crimes. "I think I have said enough to make it plain that it's neither Marxism nor Communism I repudiate; that the use certain people have made of Marxism and Communism is what I condemn," Césaire writes. "That what I want is that Marxism and Communism be harnessed into the service of colored peoples, and not colored peoples into the service of Marxism and Communism." (pages 11-12). Pamphlet entirely in English. While this pamphlet is widely held by institutions, it's uncommon in commerce. SCARCE. CONDITION: Light soiling to wrappers, some light creasing to pages but clean and unmarked. A Very Good or better copy of a scarce publication.


A Part of Speech
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A Part of Speech

By Brodsky, Joseph

New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Inc., 1980. First Edition, First Printing. Small 4to (9 1/8 x 6 inches; 235 x 150 mm), 151, [1] pages in blue cloth, gilt titles to spine, in an illustrated, unclipped dust jacket. Joseph Brodsky's second major collection of poems published in English; this collection includes poems he wrote from 1965 to 1978. His first volume of poetry in English translation appeared in 1973. Brodsky (1940-1996) was expelled from the Soviet Union in 1972, won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1987, and was named Poet Laureate of the United States in 1991. CONDITION: Slight sunning to edges of boards, with a small stray line on the spine of the jacket. Internally, clean, bright, and unmarked. A Near Fine copy.


The Triana Arcane

By Hirschman, Jack

San Francisco: Deep Forest, 1991. First Edition, First Printing. 8vo (8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches; 216 x 138 mm), [20] pages, in gray stapled wrappers. INSCRIBED by Jack Hirschman on the front free end paper to the late Seattle bookseller Louis Collins: "For Louis / and your gypsy / spirit." One of only 100 numbered copies. A long poem inspired by the North Beach neighborhood of San Francisco. The "triana" of the title refers to a gypsy settlement. With an accompanying envelope addressed by Hirschman to Collins. OCLC shows five institutional holdings: SUNY Buffalo, Berkeley, Kansas, Delaware, and the Sacramento Public Library. SCARCE. CONDITION: Fine (booklet), Very Good (manilla envelope with some creases and soiling).



By Hirschman, Jack

n.p.: Maya , 1969. First Edition, First Printing. Small 4to (10 x 7 1/2 inches; 253 x 190 mm), [6] leaves sewn into green-brown wrappers, paper title to upper wrapper. A short poem by revolutionary San Francisco poet Jack Hirschman. One of 250 copies printed on Curtis papers by Clifford Burke at Cranium Press. The first in the Maya Quarto series of chapbooks. CONDITION: Some rubbing to wrappers, creasing to right edge of all the leaves. About Very Good.


Crazy John Poems: An Exercise in Madness

By Winans, A.D. [Folsom, Calif.?]: Grande Ronde Press, 1972. First Edition, First Printing. 8vo (8 1/2 x 5 3/8 inches; 215 x 137 mm), [20] pages, in stapled green wrappers. INSCRIBED by the author on the dedication page: "To / Nathan / From / A.D. Winans / 5-23-88." A collection of poems by the San Francisco poet A.D. Winans, who is often associated with Beat poets. OCLC shows 16 institutional holdings of this title, but there were none in commerce as of November 29, 2019. SCARCE. CONDITION: Soiling and sunning to wrappers, small stain and address written in ink to the title page. About Very Good.


"The Fall of America" Wins a Prize

By Ginsberg, Allen

New York: Gotham Book Mart and Gallery, 1974. First Edition, First Printing. Single sheet printed on cream-colored paper and folded 4 times to create a [4]-page broadside measuring 9 x 5 3/4 inches (229 x 146 mm) when folded. SIGNED by Allen Ginsberg on the final page. This is one of 126 special copies signed by the author. The text of Allen Ginsberg's acceptance speech for the National Book Award in Poetry in 1974. Peter Orlovsky, Ginsberg's partner, delivered the speech on Ginsberg's behalf at Lincoln Center, New York, on April 18, 1974. CONDITION: Light edge wear and creasing. A Near Fine copy.


Leaping Over Gravestones

By Malanga, Gerard

Hardwicke, [Massachusetts]: The Four Zoas Press, n.d. [ca. 1976]. First Edition, First Printing. Small 4to (9 1/2 x 6 1/4 inches; 240 x 160 mm), 28 pages, letterpress-printed on ivory paper stitched into sage-green wrappers. SIGNED by Gerard Malanga on the title page and colophon page. A collection of poems in an edition of 350 copies printed by S.R. Lavin. Signed copies of this work are uncommon in the market. CONDITION: Sunning along spine and top edge of upper wrapper but internally clean, bright, and unmarked. Very Good or better.


Ben Davis--Fighter [Cover Title]

By [Communism], [African-American]

New York: Harlem Communist Election Campaign for the Re-election of Benjamin J. Davis, [1949]. Single page folded once to create a [4]-page brochure measuring 11 x 8 1/2 inches (280 x 215 mm) when folded. Illustrated brochure featuring an autobiographical statement by Benjamin J. Davis, a black Communist who was running for re-election to the New York City Council. The statement was based on his testimony in the 1949 trial against him and 10 other Communist leaders who had been charged with conspiring to overthrow the government. Davis recounts his childhood in Georgia, attending college at Morehouse and Amherst, and graduating from Harvard Law School. He talks about some of the cases he worked on as a lawyer and ends with a plea for readers to sign petitions to secure a place for him on the ballot. The brochure lists his 11-point program, which includes ending police brutality in Harlem and restoring the five-cent fare. We find no institutional holdings of this brochure in OCLC and none in commerce as of November 29, 2019. RARE. CONDITION: A bit of handling wear and soiling. A Near Fine copy.


Concerning the Liquidation of Christianity which is now on its way in this nation and a discussion of the vital facts and causes --'in simple form" for all men and women to know

By Gillen, Martin J.

Land o' Lakes, Wisconsin: Self-published, 1940. Small 4to (9 7/8 x 6 1/2 inches; 252 x 166 mm), 16 pages, in stapled gray wrappers. Extended rant by Wisconsin businessman Martin J. Gillen, who assails "useless government employees," who, somehow, are responsible for a drop in church income and expenditures. That drop, in turn, means "the arteries of Christianity, carrying the life blood of sustenance, have been vitally constricted." He believes the President should call on churches and other nonprofit organizations to take over public welfare from the government. To drive home his points, he writes lots of phrases and paragraphs in CAPITAL LETTERS. This self-published tract was printed by Federal Printing Co., Milwaukee and carries a small union label at the bottom of the upper wrapper. Gillen was a businessman and an official of the U.S. Shipping Board in World War I. According to his obituary in The New York Times, he gave considerable land and money to Catholic organizations, deeding to the University of Notre Dame more than 5,500 acres in Wisconsin and northern Michigan for use as a forestry school, a summer camp and a forest laboratory. (The New York Times, September 23, 1943, page 21). OCLC shows only four institutional holdings, at Columbia, Notre Dame, Harvard, and the Wisconsin Historical Society. There were no other copies in commerce as of November 27, 2019. SCARCE. CONDITION: Soiling to wrappers, a few nicks and page creases, rusting to staples but internally clean and unmarked. A Good copy.


Heartbreak Hotel

By Clark, Tom

West Branch, Iowa: The Toothpaste Press, 1981. First Edition, First Printing. 24mo (5 1/16 x 4 7/8 inches; 130 x 124 mm), [14] pages, sewn into handmade Bengal wrappers. SIGNED by Tom Clark on the colophon, one of 500 copies signed and numbered by the author from a total edition of 550. Short stories by Tom Clark, accompanied by his drawings. CONDITION: Fine.


To the Men Behind the Armies

By Cammaerts, Émile

London: T. Fisher Unwin, Ltd., 1917. First Edition, First Printing. 8vo (8 3/8 x 5 1/2 inches; 214 x 140 mm), 15, [1] pages, in stapled green wrappers. Text of an address by the Belgian poet and playwright Émile Cammaerts about the awfulness of the German occupation of Belgium during World War I. He spoke in London on February 18, 1917, at a meeting of the Fight for Right Movement, which supported Britain's role in World War I. "Germany has not succeeded in destroying the soul of Belgium, but she has succeeded, to some extent, in ruining her people," he says. "She has systematically requisitioned their harvests, their cattle, their raw material, and their machinery--in short, she has emptied the country of all that was in it, as a gang of robbers might empty a well-found house." (pages 10-11). CONDITION: Some handling wear and creases, rusting to taples, evidence of dampstaining to corner of upper wrapper but otherwise clean and unmarked. About Very Good.


Czechoslovakia's Struggle for Freedom [Offprint]

By Beneš, Dr. Edvard

Halifax, Nova Scotia: The Dalhousie Review, 1941. Small 4to (10 1/4 x 6 1/2 inches; 260 x 165 mm), 16 pages, in grayish-white wrappers. Offprint of an article by Czechoslovakia's president condemning Hitler's occupation of Czechoslovakia. Reprinted from the October 1941 issue of The Dalhousie Review of Halifax, Nova Scotia. "It is an unconcealed plan of Hitler's Germany to make the subjugated Slavonic nations into a mass of slaves which would be driven from one part of German Europe to another, just as German political and economic interests demanded, and might even be removed from Central Europe entirely and sent to the Urals or Siberia, as has several times been expressly suggested in Nazi publications; they might be simply extirpated, should this be in any way advantageous to the Herrenvolk," President Beneš writes. While this offprint is widely held by institutions, there were no other copies in commerce as of November 28, 2019. SCARCE. CONDITION: Wrappers soiled, staples rusted. Presentation stamp to the title page: "Compliments of Mr. E.J. Hajny, Czechoslovakia Consul / Premiere of the Picture "We Refuse to Die" (The Story of Lidice) at the Telenews Theatre, Cleveland, Ohio." About Very Good.


[Press release of November 24, 1943, on Supreme Court's refusal to hear appeal of 18 Minnesota leftists found guilty of advocating overthrow of government]

By Farrell, James T.

New York: Civil Rights Defense Committee, 1943. Six mimeographed typed pages, double-spaced, rectos only, stapled at top left and measuring 11 x 8 1/2 inches (280 x 215 mm). Folded twice for mailing. Press release criticizing the U.S. Supreme Court for refusing to hear the appeal of 18 leftists in Minnesota who were found guilty of advocating the violent overthrow of the government. The release was issued in the name of novelist James T. Farrell, chairman of the Civil Rights Defense Committee. The Supreme Court's refusal to hear the case "administered a blow to the cause of free speech," Farrell writes, adding that the court "showed itself more than inattentive to the provisions of the very Constitution which it has sworn to uphold." The 18 were found guilty under the Alien Registration Act, popularly known as the Smith Act after its author, Rep. Howard W. Smith of Virginia. This law, approved in 1940, required registration of all non-citizen immigrants. But it went much farther: The Act made it a crime to advocate forcible or violent overthrow of the government, or to publish or distribute material advocating violence with the intent of overthrowing the government. So for the first time since the Alien and Sedition Acts of 1798, America had a federal peacetime sedition law. (Harold L. Nelson and Dwight L. Teeter Jr., Law of Mass Communications: Freedom and Control of Print and Broadcast Media, The Foundation Press, Second Edition, 1973). The Minnesota case is especially notable because it was the first prosecution under the Smith Act. The government claimed the leftists favored violent revolution to overthrow the government. The defense argued that the leftists were not advocating violent revolution, but were instead predicting it because that's what Marxism teaches. The defendants included members of the Socialist Workers Party (a Trotskyist organization) and Teamsters union local 544. "The trial involved only speeches and publications by members of the Socialist Workers Party, without any considered charges of overt acts," according to Farrell. On December 1, 1941, the defendants were convicted of advocating the violent overthrow of the government. For nearly two years after that, the Civil Rights Defense Committee and other organizations appealed the decision and fought to keep the defendants out of prison. But when the Supreme Court finally refused to consider the case in November 1943, the defendants had to begin serving their prison terms of 12 to 16 months. In the press release, Farrell notes: "This is Thanksgiving Week. In the motion pictures and newspapers and on the radio, we are being told over and over again that we should be thankful for being free. But there is less freedom in this country today than there was last week or in Thanksgiving 1942. We know that this week the Supreme Court of the U.S. is less of a guarantee of our liberties than many people have believed it to be." This press release is rare. OCLC shows no institutional holdings. Nor were there any other copies in commerce as of November 29, 2019. RARE. CONDITION: Toning to page edges, evidence of water staining along left side of pages, two horizontal folds for mailing. About Very Good.


Antiworlds and The Fifth Ace

By Voznesensky, Andrei

New York: Basic Books, Inc., 1967. First Edition, First Printing. 8vo (9 x 6 1/4 inches; 227 x 158 mm), xxiii, [1], 296 pages, in black cloth, titles to spine in pink and red, pink topstain, in an illustrated, unclipped dust jacket. SIGNED by Andrei Voznesensky (1933-2010) in black marker across the title page. First edition in English of this collection of the Russian poet's work, edited by Patricia Blake and Max Hayward, with an introduction by W.H. Auden, and featuring translations by Auden, Jean Garrigue, Hayward, Stanley Kunitz, Stanley Moss, William Jay Smith, and Richard Wilbur. This is a bilingual edition, with the poems in Russian and English. Two pieces of ephemera are laid in: a card announcing a reading by Voznesensky at the Poetry Center of the 92nd Street YM-YWHA, dated November 14 (no year given) and inscribed by Voznesensky "For Riva." The other is a folded program for an appearance by Voznesensky at another reading, also at the Poetry Center, in 1991, with fellow reader Allen Ginsberg. This edition contains a final section of poems called The Fifth Ace (as in the title of the book) and should not be confused with other "Antiworlds" editions lacking The Fifth Ace. While copies signed by the translators are readily available in the market, copies signed by Voznesensky are far from common. SCARCE SIGNED. CONDITION: Slight rubbing to cloth, internally clean, bright, and unmarked. Light fading to spine of dust jacket, a bit of soiling to the lower panel.Overall, a Near Fine copy.


War-time Prosecutions and Mob Violence involving the rights of free speech, free press and peaceful assemblage

By [Civil Liberties]

New York: National Civil Liberties Bureau, 1918. First Edition, First Printing. 8vo (8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches; 215 x 140 mm), 24 pages, in stapled wrappers. A pamphlet detailing a staggering array of violations of American civil liberties from April 1, 1917, to May 1, 1918. For instance, it lists 101 cases of mob violence, 78 of the cases involving alleged disloyalty during World War I and 15 cases of people "forced by mobs to kiss the flag." Some people expressing antiwar sentiments were beaten "on behalf of the women and children of Belgium." There are also incidents of people being tarred and feathered for expressing opposition to the war or being prosecuted for union activity. The U.S. government and corporations teamed up to persecute members of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) and other unions. This pamphlet was published by the National Civil Liberties Bureau, forerunner of the American Civil Liberties Union. Although the pamphlet is widely held by institutions, there were no copies in commerce as of November 28, 2019. SCARCE. An unsettling and often shocking look at a dark chapter in American history. CONDITION: Toning to pages, a couple of nicks to page edges, some check marks and underlining in pencil. A Very Good copy of a fragile publication.


Speech by G.M. Malenkov, Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the U.S.S.R., At the Session of the U.S.S.R. Supreme Soviet, August 8, 1953

By Malenkov, G.M.

London: Soviet News, 1953. 16mo (6 7/8 x 4 3/4 inches; 176 x 120 mm), 40, [1] pages in red and white stapled wrappers. Speech by Soviet Premier Georgy Malenkov to the Supreme Soviet in August 1953, just months after Stalin's death. He calls for more money for housing, attacks the U.S. and other Western countries, and defends the "people's democracies." Nikita Khrushchev ousted Malenkov as premier in 1955. CONDITION: Light toning to page edges, internally clean and unmarked. A Near Fine copy.


The New Russian Poets 1955-1966: An Anthology Selected, Edited and Translated by George Reavey, Bilingual Edition
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The New Russian Poets 1955-1966: An Anthology Selected, Edited and Translated by George Reavey, Bilingual Edition

By Reavey, George [Editor]

New York: October House Inc., 1966. First Edition, First Printing. 8vo (8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches; 217 x 140 mm), xxvii, [1], 292 pages, in original brown boards, gilt titles to spine and upper board, marbled end papers, all edges gilt. SIGNED by George Reavey on the title page. An anthology of Russian poetry in the post-Stalin years, with poems by Boris Pasternak, Alexander Tvardovsky, Leonid Martynov, Victor Bokov, Boris Slutsky, Yevgeny Vinokurov, Robert Rozhdestvensky, Yevgeny Yevtushenko, Bella Akhmadulina, Bulat Okudzhava, Victor Sosnora, Andrey Voznesensky, Novella Matveyeva, Leonid Gubanov, Ivan Kharabarov, Yury Galanskov, and Iosif Brodsky. The poems appear in both Russian and English. Reavey (1907-1976), a poet and translator close to the Surrealists, says in a lengthy introduction: "The themes most of these poets have in common are the memories of war and suffering, Russian nature, a sense of compassion for the ordinary man, a renewal of the love theme, hatred of falsehood and corruption, a desire to find a new justification and ideal for the Revolution, and the need to insist on the integrity of the artist." Some of these poets had run into trouble with Soviet censors and had suffered under Stalin. But it wasn't just Stalin; his successors also harassed a number of poets. For example, Nikita Khrushchev humiliated Voznesensky (1933-2010) at a Kremlin reception in 1962, suggested that he emigrate, and later called him a "pervert." Fifteen of his poems appear here. Brodsky (1940-1996) was tried in Leningrad in 1964 for "parasitism," banished to the Arctic, and expelled from the Soviet Union in 1972. He won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1987. This anthology features seven of his poems. An interesting, wide-ranging anthology of post-Stalin poetry featuring poems in both Russian and English. SCARCE SIGNED. CONDITION: Some rubbing to the spine and corners. A beautiful copy lacking the dust jacket. Near Fine.


Words & Photographs
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Words & Photographs

By Saroyan, Aram

Chicago: Big Table Publishing Company, 1970. First Edition, First Printing. Square 16mo (6 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches; 165 x 165 mm), [104] pages, in red cloth, titles to spine, in a photo-illustrated dust jacket.A collection of Aram Saroyan's black-and-white photographs taken between 1957 and 1968 in the U.S. and Europe. Each photo is paired with a "poem" of just a word or two. Known mostly as a prolific poet and author, Saroyan (b. 1943) demonstrates here that he's also an accomplished photographer. CONDITION: Slight rubbing to the spine ends, otherwise Fine in a Very Good unclipped dust jacket with a few small nicks and tears. There's also a light vertical line along the front panel near the spine, something we've seen in other copies.


In the First Place: Poems by Melvin E. Brown
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In the First Place: Poems by Melvin E. Brown

By Brown, Melvin E.

Baltimore: Liberation House, 1974. First Edition, First Printing. 8vo (8 1/4 x 5 1/4 inches; 210 x 135 mm), 32 pages, in stapled illustrated orange wrappers. The first book of poems by Melvin E. Brown, an African-American writer born 1950 in Baltimore. Brown has been the poetry editor of Chicory, a literary magazine of the Enoch Pratt Free Library of Baltimore, and Dawn Magazine, a publication of the Afro-American Newspaper. He also has taught at Sojourner Douglass College and Towson University. The upper wrapper features a striking illustration by Brother Nyanga.OCLC FirstSearch shows more than 20 institutional holdings of this book, but there were none in commerce as of November 10, 2019. SCARCE. CONDITION: Light edge wear as well as light offsetting to lower wrapper, old price stamped on recto of lower wrapper, and the word "Gift" stamped in small letters on contents page. Otherwise, clean and unmarked. Near Fine.


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