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Ukrainian DP Children's Book

Izhak-myrotvorets': kazka [The hedgehog peacemaker: a fairy tale].

Augsburg: self-published (printed by Präbst-Aigner), 1946. Octavo (20.3 × 14.8 cm). Original staple-stitched pictorial wrappers (signed Yu. K.); 39, [1] pp. Eight full page and one smaller illustration, all signed "Yu. K." Creased corner to two pages; owner signature to title; some doodles and partial coloring to images in color pencil; still about very good.

First edition of this Ukrainian children's book written and published for young readers in Ukrainian camps for Displaced Persons (DP) in post-war Germany and Austria. The book recounts a strange dream by two young children, who are carried away by plane to Africa and witness a feud in the animal kingdom, which seems to be a vague allegory on World War II, exile, and East-West politics. A second edition was published in 1953 (New York, A. Bilous). The author, Artem Sofronovich Orel (1897–1972), was a Ukrainian linguist, publisher, translator, journalist and writer. He wrote for Ukrainian newspapers in Germany and self-published at least one other book for children as well as a dictionary before relocating to the United States. The artist, whose initials are Yu. K., is not credited.

With the printed censorship note prerequisite for most DP publications ("Lic. UNNRA Team 558" - sic!), indicating approval by the United Nations Relief and Rehabilition Administration (UNRRA).

As of October 2022, KVK, OCLC show two copies, both in North America.

Book ID: 52268

Price: $450.00