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Polish Anti-Bolshevik Propaganda

Two satirical anti-Bolshevik comics published at the height of the Polish-Bolshevik War (1919–1921). Likely by Kamil Mackiewicz.

Przyjemności bolszewickie [Bolshevik pleasures]. Warsaw: Wydawnictwo “Żołnierza Polskiego”, [1920]. Oblong octavo (17 × 20.5 cm). Original staple-stitched printed wrappers; 13, [3] pp. Illustrations. Very good.

Bolszewicka podróż z przygodami [A Bolshevik journey with adventures]. Warsaw: Wydawnictwo “Żołnierza Polskiego”, [1920]. Oblong octavo (17 × 20.5 cm). Original staple-stitched printed wrappers; 11 pp. Illustrations. Very good.

Two volumes of a satirical anti-Bolshevik comic published at the height of the Polish-Soviet War (1919–1921). A period of armed conflict that saw temporary Polish victory over Lithuania, Belarus, and parts of Ukraine, the fight for territories was accompanied by ideological struggle captured in this comic. The images compare the relative prosperity of the Polish lands with the poverty and degradation of the areas ruled by the Bolsheviks. While the peasant under Polish rule is shown receiving a carefully measured piece of land, the peasant on Bolshevik-ruled territories is shown hanging himself in despair.

The comic is uncredited but was most likely done by one of the forefathers of Polish comics, Kamil Mackiewicz (1886–1931), with the rounded figures closely resembling the style of his most famous comic series Przygody Szalonego Grześia (The adventures of Crazy Grześ). During the Polish-Bolshevik war, in which he fought as a soldier, Mackiewicz also worked for the Central Propaganda Committee, making posters, banners and prints for a variety of propaganda brochures. This comic was published by Żołnierz Polski (Polish soldier), a biweekly magazine intended for the Polish army, founded in 1919. A publisher catalog to rear wrapper includes a speech by Józef Piłsudski, the Polish chief of state during the Polish-Bolshevik war.

As of August 2022, KVK, OCLC show no copies outside of Poland.

Book ID: 52310

Price: $450.00