Portfolio of Lithographs on the Warsaw Uprising

Cierpiąca Warszawa r. 1944 [Suffering Warsaw 1944]. Warszawa cierpi i walczy 1944 [Warsaw suffers and fights 1944].

Krakow: Nakładca Fr. Dabioch, [1946]. Original red pictorial card portfolio, housing [3] pp. of text followed by twenty-one lithographic plates, measuring 36.5 × 25.5 cm. Light abrasions to spine; lower spine end beginning to split; private stamp to first leaf; contents very good.

First and only edition. A collection of reproductions of twenty one graphic works by an eye-witness and a survivor of the Warsaw Uprising in 1944. The drawings show the daily life of a city in ruins, insurgent fighting, executions and deportations of captured fighters to a transit camp in Pruszków, the life of the transit camp, with the final drawing showing further deportations of fighters to concentration camps. The works have titles such as “The last provisions,” “The bombs are coming,” “After raiding the hospital,” “The camp commandant,” “Soup rationing,” “The camp at night.” The graphic works are introduced with a preface by Tadeusz Sas Jaworski. Little is known about the artist, Ludwik Cieślik, who seems to have published another album dedicated to the Warsaw Uprising titled “Warsaw 1944” in 1968. As of June 2020, KVK and OCLC show only two copies worldwide, at Nanterre and Connecticut.

Book ID: 50750

Price: $950.00