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Ukraine – Antisemitism

Spivomovky [Singing words]. Narodnia biblioteka [Popular library], no. 1 (series title).

Kyiv: Vydannia t-va "Hrunt", 1918. Octavo (17.5 × 13.7 cm). Original pictorial wrappers; 63, [1] pp. Wrapper worn and somewhat soiled; with crude tape repair along spine; somewhat foxed throughout; stamp of "Casa Onatsky" in Rome; still about very good internally.

Scarce edition of Stepan Rudansky's most famous work, a collection of poems he called "Spivomovky", a neologism meaning "song rhymes" or "sung words" and first published in 1880 by the mother of Lesya Ukrainka, Olena Pchilka. Rudansky's rhymed poems and anecdotes mimic folk humor and also contain a section about Jews, which features antisemitically charged depictions of a Jewish ruling class exploiting the Ukrainian peasants. The drawing on the front wrapper reflects some of these stereotypes, with one panel showing a caricature of a Jew bribing a state official. The wrappers are by Antin Sereda (1890–1961), a former student and close follower of Heorhii Narbut.

With a biographical introduction by Iukh. Mikh.

As of March 2023, KVK, OCLC show only a micoform holding in North America.

Book ID: 52748

Price: $450.00