Warsaw: nakł. Związku Zawodowego Pracowników Kolejowych Rzplitej Polsk., 1937. Octavo (20.5 × 14.7 cm). Original staple-stitched pictorial wrappers; 32 pp. Very good.
First and only edition of this volume of poems based on the life of Polish railwaymen, by the Polish proletarian socialist writer and political activist Edward Szymanski (1907–1943). A member of the Polish Socialist Part and a noted union leader and anti-fascist activist, Szymanski was active in a variety of genres throughout the 1930s. During World War II he sheltered members of the Polish resistance and eventually went into hiding himself. He was arrested in 1943 and died at Auschwitz later that year. With a striking cover illustration by Mieczysław Jurgielewicz (1900–1983), the Polish painter and graphic artist known primarily for his fine woodcut compositions. A noted lecturer at the Warsaw Fine Arts Academy, he led the graphics and printing office of the Information and Propaganda Bureau of the Home Army (AK) during World War II and the Warsaw Uprising. Along with Edmund Burke, he designed a famous poster of the resistance with the slogan “Do broni, w szeregach AK” (“To arms, in the ranks of the AK”). As of May 2020, KVK and OCLC show no copies outside of Poland.
Book ID: 50754