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Yiddish Avant-Garde in Berlin


Berlin: Jüdischer Literarischer Verlag (Idishe literarisher farlag, printed by Lutze & Vogt), 1923. Octavo (19 × 13 cm). Original pictorial wrappers by Y. Tshaykov; 163, [3] pp. Light wear and traces of professional restoration to spine and hinges; else about very good; the best copy we have encountered in the trade.

First edition of one of the most important works of Yiddish literature, a poetic response to the 1919 anti-semitic pogroms around Kiev by White Army Troops. The book is pictured as no. 21 in: Jiddisches Erwachen: Buchkunst und Graphik von jüdisch-russischen Künstlern ab 1916 (2018). Wrapper by Joseph Chaikov (also spelled Tshaykov and Tchaikov, 1888–1979), the Ukrainian Jewish artist and graphic designer, who co-founded the Kultur-Lige in Kiev along with El Lissitsky and Boris Aronzon. From 1912–1914 he studied in Paris, where he founded the Jewish artist group Machmadim and exhibited in the Salon d’Automne in 1913. Back in Kiev, he taught sculpture, designed numerous children’s books, and eventually relocated to teach sculpture at VKhUTEMAS in Moscow. See also Pia Steckelbach’s essay on Tshaykov in Jiddisches Erwachen.

Book ID: 51407

Price: $1,750.00