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Flight into Darkness
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Flight into Darkness

By SCHNITZLER, Arthur; William A. Drake (trans.)

New York: Simon and Schuster, 1931. First American Edition. Octavo (19.5cm); dark blue cloth, with red spine label and signature on front; blue and pink dustwrapper; 3-152pp. Boards show minor rubbing to extremities, small bump to crown of spine. Dustwrapper well toned, original bright pink color still present on rear and inner panels; large tears to joint of front inner panel, chips and shorter tears to extremities/spine; smudges and scratches. Textblock edges and ffep toned, else Near Fine in Good dustwrapper. Flight into Darkness (Flucht in die Finsternes, 1931) was Austrian author/playwright Arthur Schnitzler's last novel, published shortly before his death that same year. Schnitzler's works were usually sexually charged and controversial, particularly as a Jewish writer in an increasingly anti-semitic environment (his books were among those banned and burned by the Nazis). Schnitzler also had a medical degree and considerable practical experience in the field, and often worked psychological themes into his works. As such, Flight into Darkness takes a somewhat clinical but gripping tour of the mind of a man who fears he is going mad.

$60.00

Eine Hochzeit ohne Musikanten: Erzälungen [Ben Shahn's Copy]
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Eine Hochzeit ohne Musikanten: Erzälungen [Ben Shahn's Copy]

By SCHOLEM-ALEJCHEM [alt. spelling Sholem Aleichem]; Ben Shahn, illus

[Frankfurt a.M.]: Insel-Verlag, 1961. First German Edition. Hardcover. Small octavo (18.5cm.); publisher's decorative paper-covered boards, printed paper labels affixed to upper cover and spine; 157pp.; frontispiece, illus. throughout. Light shelf wear, spine label rather toned, else Very Good or better. From the library of Ben and Bernarda Shahn with their estate label tipped to front pastedown.

$50.00

Choose Wisdom [...] Genealogy of Noah's Descendants

By [AFRICAN AMERICANA] [JUDAISM] Congregation of Ethiopian Hebrews

[Chicago: Congregation of Ethiopian Hebrews; n.d.]. Ephemera. Recitation of Old Testament genealogy from an African-American perspective, asserting that "The People of the Desert were from the earliest time a black people called Semites..." and concluding: "The so called American Negroes are the descendants of the Egyptian Jews of Goshen...commonly known as the Seed of Abraham in the Bible." The Congregation of Ethiopian Hebrews was established in Chicago in 1951 by Rabbi Abihu Reuben (born Henry Brown in Jackson, Tennessee); the congregation merged with Beth Shalom Hebrew Congregation to form the Beth Shalom Ethiopian Hebrew Congregation in 1984. The Black Israelite movement became an important catalyst for African-American solidarity in Chicago, especially in the turbulent decade of the Sixties, when Black Israelite congregations gained significant numbers of followers. In the late Sixties, some four hundred Black Israelites from the South Side of Chicago relocated to Israel, to form the now-thriving community of African Hebrew Israelites of Jerusalem, which numbers more than two thousand members. This broadsheet, possibly used as a recruiting tool in Black communities, is probably a unique survival from this important but still obscure phase of African-American religious activism. Mimeographed broadsheet, 14" x 8-1/2"; printed two sides of a single sheet of yellow bond. Horizontal fold; small chips to extremities; Very Good. Signed in print at end of text, "Welmer Yisrael" (i.e., Israel Welmer?). Undated, but likely ca. 1960s. Address given for the congregation is 4653 South State Street [Chicago].

$125.00

La Procession Enchainée
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La Procession Enchainée

By SUARÉS, Carlo

Paris: Editions R.-A. Corrêa, 1934. Paperback. Fourth edition. 12mo; printed card wrappers; 249pp. Slight external soil and wear; reading creases to spine; a sound, Good or better copy. Text entirely in French. Early work by the Egyptian-French Sephardic novelist, critic and painter, perhaps best-known for his Quabbalistic works of the Fifties and Sixties.

$30.00

This is Treason!
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This is Treason!

By [INTERNATIONAL WORKER'S ORDER] VAIL, Sol

New York: Jewish-American Section, International Workers Order, 1943. First Edition. Pamphlet. First printing (stated). 12mo. Staple-bound pamphlet; pictorial paper wrappers; 28pp. Clean, fresh, and unmarked copy, Very Good or better. Warns against creeping anti-Semitic sentiment in the American workplace. Separate forewords by Joe Curran and Samuel Dickstein; illustration by William Gropper inside rear wrapper. SEIDMAN V-1.

$25.00

"...I never saw another butterfly...": Children's Drawings and Poems - Terezín 1942-1944
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"...I never saw another butterfly...": Children's Drawings and Poems - Terezín 1942-1944

By VOLAVKOVÁ, Hana (ed.); Jirí Weil, (intro.)

New York: McGraw-Hill, 1971. Second Edition. Quarto (27.5cm); woven pictorial cloth boards, stamped in gilt, no dustwrapper; pictorial endpapers; 80pp. Boards yawning, spine internally detached from textblock (preliminaries still intact); minor wear and soiling. Gift inscription on ffep (dated 1973); red ribbon marker intact. Overall Very Good. This book is a collection of drawings and poetry as done by the youngest inhabitants of Terezín, a Czechoslovakian fortress that was later repurposed by Nazi Germany to house thousands of Jewish prisoners-a cynical "model ghetto" they could show to foreign parties, knowing that it was merely one more stop towards a final destination. Indeed, out of the 15,000 children to pass through Terezín, only 100 survived. This book endeavors to place a personal name and history to each work, and also contains a timeline and catalogs of art and poems.

$50.00

Justice to the Jew: The Story of What He Has Done for the World
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Justice to the Jew: The Story of What He Has Done for the World

By PETERS, Rev. Madison C[linton]

New York: F. Tennyson Neely, 1899. First Edition. Octavo (20cm); slate blue cloth, diagonal rib, stamped in foil and black; xv, 359pp, frontispiece. Boards moderately rubbed and soiled, with large scratch and black sticker residue on rear; textblock edges toned, with some dogearing on bottom; rear pastedown partially detached from board. Else Very Good. Rev. Madison C. Peters served as a preacher for the reformed church (later non-denominational); in his time, he was considered a big enough celebrity in his field to serve as a trusted spokesman for "Tuxedo" brand Tobacco products. However, in his book Justice to the Jew, he delivers a different kind of testimony: An impassioned defense of America's growing Jewish communities. Peters takes a stand against anti-Semitic attitudes and stereotypes, listing the accomplishments of Jewish people and the positive roles they have assumed throughout history.

$45.00

Das Künstlerische Schaffen
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Das Künstlerische Schaffen

By WEISSOVÁ-HOŠKOVÁ, Helga

[Göttingen]: Wallstein Verlag, [2002]. First Edition. Paperback. Quarto (27cm.); publisher's glossy pictorial card wrappers; 111pp.; color illus. throughout. A hint of toning to wrapper extremities, else Near Fine. Catalog of later paintings by the Czech artist, some of quotidian Jewish life, others inspired by the experiences during the Holocaust. Of the 15,000 children deported from the Terezín ghetto to Auschwitz, Weissová-Ho kova was one of only a hundred survivors.

$30.00

Title in Yiddish: Dos Untererdishe Rusland. [Underground Russia]

By [SOVIET UNION] STEPNIAK, Sergei aka Sergey Mikhaylovich Stepnyak-Kravchinsky

New York: Max Maisel, 1921. Hardcover. First Yiddish-language edition, translated by A. Frumkin. Octavo; red pebbled cloth over boards, lettered in black on spine and front cover; dustjacket; 253pp. A tight, Near Fine copy in scarce dustwrapper, lightly rubbed and edgeworn with small chip at base of spine (not affecting printed area); still Very Good or better. Uncommon Yiddish edition of Stepniak's popular survey of radicalism in Imperial Russia, first published in London in 1882. The jacket on this copy is dated 1929, presumably a later issue (though we have been unable to locate any other copy in dustwrapper for comparison). Two only in OCLC, one in North America (Penn). Text entirely in Yiddish.

$350.00

The Book of Isaiah: a New Translation. With drawings by Chaim Gross
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The Book of Isaiah: a New Translation. With drawings by Chaim Gross

By [CHAIM GROSS] GINSBERG, H.L. (introd)

Philadelphia: Jewish Publication Society of America, 1973. First Edition. Hardcover. First printing. Square quarto (28.5cm); maroon cloth, lettered in gilt on spine and front cover; pictorial dustjacket; 35 inserted leaves of plates included in pagination. Tight, Near Fine copy in lightly soiled and edgeworn dustwrapper. Modern translation of the Book of Isaiah, by a committee of scholars including H.L. Ginsberg, Harry Orlinsky, Max Arzt, Bernard Bamberger and others. With thirty-five full-page illustrations by Chaim Gross.

$35.00

The Philosopher of Auschwitz: Jean Améry and Living with the Holocaust
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The Philosopher of Auschwitz: Jean Améry and Living with the Holocaust

By HEIDELBERGER-LEONARD, Iréne

London: I.B. Taurus & Co. Ltd, 2010. First Edition. Hardcover. Moving biography of the Austrian author and philosopher, who was both a victim and a survivor of the concentration camps during World War II. Octavo; black cloth, with titles stamped in gilt on spine; dustjacket; xiv,301,[5]pp; illus. Spine ends gently nudged, else Near Fine in a Near Fine dustjacket, with some mild external wear and corresponding crinkling to spine ends.

$25.00

A Lithuanian Village
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A Lithuanian Village

By KOBRIN, Leon; Isaac Goldberg, Ph.D. (trans.)

New York: Brentano's, 1920. First English Language Edition. Octavo (19.5cm); brick red publisher's cloth, with black lettering on front and spine; x,193pp. Spine tanned, with chipping to crown and heel; boards worn, soiled and rubbed; front leading corner chipped with material loss (mostly on verso); pages toned at margins, with soiling intermittent throughout; front pastedown/endpaper shows clumsy attempt to repair binding with paste. Gift inscription on ffep (crossed out), torn bookplate on front pastedown. Overall just about Very Good. Leon Kobrin is perhaps best known as a playwright and contributor to the Yiddish theatre scene, at the zenith of its popularity in the United States. He also worked as a translator and journalist, as well as a novelist with this 1914 work that details a lively, primarily Jewish microcosm within a small, anonymous village in Lithuania. It was one of the first of his works translated into English, and published in 1920.

$35.00

The Teaching of Contempt: Christian Roots of Anti-Semitism
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The Teaching of Contempt: Christian Roots of Anti-Semitism

By ISAAC, Jules

New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1966. Hardcover. "...the final effort of a noble and scholarly French-Jewish historian to bring Christians to a deeper examination of the roots of ancient prejudice" (from front flap). Second Printing. Octavo; two-tone cream and gray cloth, with titles stamped in black and white on spine and front cover; gray topstain; dustjacket; xii,154,[2]pp. Light wear to extremities, else Near Fine in a Very Good dustjacket, unclipped, lightly shelfworn and a bit scuffed, with some pinkish staining along front joint, and some paper loss to lower right corner of front panel.

$35.00

Chassidische Legenden: Verbeeld door H.N. Werkman
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Chassidische Legenden: Verbeeld door H.N. Werkman

By WERKMAN, H.N., illus.; F.R.A. Henkels, text; Jan Martinet, pref

Groningen: Wolters-Noordhoff Forsten, 1987. First Thus. Hardcover. Slim octavo (25.5cm.); publisher's cloth in dark blue pictorial dust jacket; [64]pp.; color illus. throughout. Just About Fine. Facsimile edition of the Dutch Jewish artist printer's lushly illustrated tales, produced between 1942 and 1943. Hendrik Nicolaas Werkman set up a clandestine printshop in Nazi-occupied Groningen until his discovery, arrest, and murder, in April, 1945, in the last days of World War II. Text entirely in Dutch.

$35.00

The Jerusalem Windows
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The Jerusalem Windows

By [CHAGALL, Marc] Jean Leymarie; Elaine Desautels, trans

New York: George Braziller, 1967. First Revised Edition. Quarto (27cm); red publisher's cloth, stamped in gilt on spine, in white pictorial dustwrapper; xix,111pp. Boards and dustwrapper have mild shelf wear, with some soiling and rubbing (especially to extremities); top edge creased and slightly rolled, inner flap price-clipped; textblock clean and tight. Near Fine in Very Good or Better dustwrapper. This is a trade version of the original 1962 version of this book, published to commemorate the installation of Marc Chagall's famous stained-glass Jerusalem Windows, at the Abbell Synagogue at the Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Center. The windows represent the twelve tribes of Israel and are described in detail here with Chagall's artistic intentions made plain by French art critic Jean Leymarie. Readers may also see the progress of each window through b/w illustrations for preparatory sketches, and full color plates and details for the finished models.

$30.00

Kosher Americans
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Kosher Americans

By ROSENBERG, Joseph D.; Samuel H. Silbert, intro

Atlantic City, NJ: Associated Publishers Co, 1929. First Edition. Octavo (19cm); yellow publisher's cloth, stamped in blue with no dustwrapper; vi,327pp. Spine dented and partially detached from liner; material wear/fraying to board extremities; comprehensive soiling and handling wear; foxing and creased pages throughout text; ffep stamped with bookseller address; just about Very Good, scarce. The only published novel by author Joseph D. Rosenberg, "Kosher Americans" provides a humorous but authentic depiction of Jewish immigrant families during the roaring twenties. The story follows the newly wealthy Topliski family as they try to adjust to life in the Jazz Age, starting with an eventful vacation to a kosher hotel in Atlantic City. Includes a glossary of Yiddish terms.

$50.00

John Steinbeck Replies
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John Steinbeck Replies

By [RADICAL & PROLETARIAN LITERATURE] STEINBECK, John

[New York: L.M. Birkhead, Friends of Democracy, 1940]. First Edition. Small leaflet reproducing the correspondence between Birkhead, Director of the Friends of Democracy, and John Steinbeck in regards to the latter's 1939 novel "The Grapes of Wrath." The first letter, from Birkhead, is originally dated May 2, 1940, and opens "I hope that you will not think I am impertinent, but our organization has had put up to it the problem of your nationality. You may consider that it is none of our business, nor the business of anyone else in the country. However, there is a very widespread propaganda, particularly among the extreme reactionary religionists of the country, that you are Jewish and that 'Grapes of Wrath', is Jewish propaganda." Steinbeck's response is dated Los Gatos, California, May 7, 1940, and begins "I am answering your letter with a good deal of sadness." Steinbeck goes on to describe in detail his heritage, noting that his paternal grandfather was a German farmer, many of whose relations still reside "on a fairly large farm near Dusseldorf." On his mother's side "my blood is all north Irish, my grandfather whose name was Hamilton having come from Mulkeraugh near Londonderry." Steinbeck concludes "I can prove these things of course--but when I shall have to--the American democracy will have disappeared." In a postscript Steinbeck remarks "On both sides and for many generations we are blond and blue eyed to a degree to arouse the admiration and perhaps envy of the dark complexioned Hitler." The correspondence was reprinted later that year under the title "A Letter in Reply to a Request for a Statement" in a limited edition of 350 copies by the Overbrook Press in Stamford, Connecticut. GOLDSTONE & PAYNE A13a. 12mo bifolium (19.5cm.); faint uneven toning to upper panel, else Near Fine.

$950.00

Israel: Image and Reality. A Journalist's First-Hand Report
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Israel: Image and Reality. A Journalist's First-Hand Report

By [ISRAEL] BLOICE, Carl

New York: New Outlook Publishers, 1973. First Edition. Paperback. "This pamphlet grew out of a visit to the Middle East amd Cyprus during the summer of 1972, during which time Bloice represented the CPUSA's Central Committee at the Seventeenth Congress of the Communist Party of Israel (RAKAH) in Tel Aviv, June 21-24" (p.2). Slim octavo (19cm); illustrated wrappers, stapled; 48pp. Light wear and dust-soil to wrappers, faint crease to lower right corner of front wrapper, with a few ink notes on verso; Very Good.

$40.00

Report by Mr. Julius Carlebach [...] The Future of Youth Aliyah
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Report by Mr. Julius Carlebach [...] The Future of Youth Aliyah

By [ANGLO-ISRAEL ASSOCIATION] CARLEBACH, Julius

London: Anglo-Israel Association, 1968. First Edition. Pamphlet. Octavo. Staple-bound pamphlet; printed card wrappers; 32pp. Faint crease to front cover, else a clean, unmarked, Near fine copy.

$25.00

Lecture by Viscount Samuel, C.M.G. on The Next Ten Years in Israel in the Grand Committee Room, House of Commons..
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Lecture by Viscount Samuel, C.M.G. on The Next Ten Years in Israel in the Grand Committee Room, House of Commons..

By [ANGLO-ISRAEL ASSOCIATION] VISCOUNT SAMUEL

London: Anglo-Israel Association, 1964. First Edition. Pamphlet. Octavo. Staple-bound pamphlet; printed card wrappers; 20pp. Clean and unmarked, Near Fine, with Association newsletter for June 26, 1964 laid in.

$25.00

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