Moskve [Moscow]: "Shul un bukh" 1925. Hardcover. Item #41956
1st edition of author’s first book. Period boards with original modernist illustrated wrappers mounted front and back, 12mo, 71 pages, 18 cm. In Yiddish. Title translates to, “In the Polish Tapestries.” Cover title is “In Poylishe Tfises.” Interestingly, the book, obviously published in the Soviet Union, is overstamped (in English), “Printed in Poland” on the cover, probably an attempt get past postal inspectors and to make import into North America easier. The work deals with the abuse of Jewish radicals at the hands of Polish authorities, presumably heavily autobiographical. The author, Gershon Dua-Bogen (1892 -1948), ”alias 'Admoni', was a Polish communist. He was an active militant of the Communist Party of Poland (KPP) and of the Polish Workers' Party (PPR). He emigrated to Palestine, and became the general secretary of the Socialist Workers Party. He was expelled from Palestine for his political activities. During the Spanish Civil War, he served as a political commissar in the base of the International Brigades in Albacete” (Wikipedia). For more on Bogen/Dua, see Heller’s “On the Edge of Destruction: Jews of Poland between the Two World Wars. New York City” (Columbia University Press, 1977. p. 357). OCLC lists 5 other works in Yiddish (and one in Russian translation) by Bogen/Dua on similar topics, published between 1926-1965.SUBJECT(S): Jews -- Persecutions -- Poland. Political prisoners -- Juifs -- Perse´cutions -- Pologne. Prisonniers politiques -- Pologne. Jews.OCLC: 762447003/57739178. OCLC lists only 2 copies worldwide (Bar Ilan & Harvard), with Bar Ilan describing their copy a “self-bound library copy,” probably the same kind of binding as this. Rare and important. Jewish library stamps and small number penned on blank end pages; small number penned to corner top outer margin of title page. Spine label removed with a little scarring to paper but no text affected. Trimming to illustrated wrappers is a little close, just touching the design, but, again, no text affected. Paper toning as expected but strong. Solid copy with attractive modernist appearance. Rare and important. (YID-36-3).