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Spanish Civil War

Španělský lid bojuje [The Spanish people are fighting].

Prague: Nákladem Frant. Nedvěda, [1936]. Octavo (21 × 15.2 cm). Original staple-stitched photo-illustrated wrappers; 31, [1] pp. Left margin of front wrapper rubbed, with partial loss to illustration; internally very good.

First and only edition of this fragile yet visually striking pamphlet, which contains numerous shorter articles about the Spanish Civil War and international anti-fascist solidary by Leopold Grünwald (1901-1922), a Jewish political activist from the Sudeten Region. Several of the texts appear to have been partially censored, judging from a printed note. A final text cites the Spanish Civil War to argue for a broad left coalition in Czechoslovakia, which could take power and serve as a guiding example for other European peoples. Czech sympathies for the Spanish cause were high; approximately 1500 Czechoslovak soldiers fought against General Franco's army in the International Brigades, largely Soviet-mobilized foreign troops that numbered nearly 32,000 fighters in total. Published by Senator František Nedvěd (1876-1943), one of the founders of the Czechoslovak Communist Party and an activist for International Red Aid, who organized the Czech pro-Spain efforts in the late 1930s. Printed in Liberec, Northern Bohemia. Rare; we can only trace the copy at the Czech National Library.

Book ID: 50519

Price: $450.00