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Strófák [Strophes].

Budapest: Együtt, 1929. Octavo (24.4 × 16.2 cm). Original wrappers with typographic linocut print to cover by Vera Csillag; 45, [3] pp. Wrappers somewhat dust-soiled and foxed; sections uncut and unopened; else very good.

First edititon of this collection of poems by György Bálint, who was a writer, publicist, and translator from English, as well as a Communist Party activist. His texts were published in the "Wiener Arbeiter-Zeitung", the "Frankfurter Volksstimme" and "Pester Lloyd", among others, and he also worked as a reporter from Budapest for the U.S. media. (See Das Rote Wien: Schlüsseltexte der Zweiten Wiener Moderne 1919–1934, ed. by Rob McFarland, Georg Spitaler and Ingo Zechner, Berlin 2020, p. 76.)

The cover design is an early work by the author's wife, the book and poster artist Vera Csillag, who was a student of Álmos Jaschik and Sándor Bortnyik in Budapest between 1925 and 1929. She received prizes for her posters and envelopes already at the beginning of her activity. In the sixties she emigrated from Hungary to Australia and continued to work there as a book designer. (See AKLXXII, 1999, p. 543.)

As of September 2022, OCLC locates only one holding of this title in North America.

Book ID: 52338

Price: $900.00