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Solidarity Coloring Book

U-10. Malowanka dala niegrzecznych dzieci [A coloring book for naughty kids].

Kraków: Wyd. “Hutnik”, [1985]. Octavo (21 × 14.8 cm). Original staple-stitched pictorial wrappers; [12] pp. of illustrations. Very good.

A samizdat collection of irreverent caricatures of Jerzy Urban (b. 1933), the press secretary of the Polish Council of Ministers during the period of Martial Law (1981–1983), subsequently dubbed the “Goebbels of Martial Law.” Urban appeared on television nearly every day during Martial Law to criticize the work of Solidarity and was among the most hated men in Poland at the time. The caricatures depict Urban alternately as a pig, a goat, a walrus and a Soviet puppet with a five-point star on his forehead, praying to images of Lenin with the Russian Orthodox cross emerging from his head. The rear wrapper includes “coloring rules” and instructs the users to be sure to use plenty of red in their coloring.

Thousands of Solidarity activists were imprisoned in this period, with most released only in 1986. Likely trying to escape this fate the author of these caricatures G.Griot published them under a pseudonym.

As of November 2020, KVK and OCLC show only two copies outside of Poland, at Fribourg and the British Library.

Book ID: 51346

Price: $350.00