Monday, October 28, 2013

New Yiddish Titles - Many Soviet Imprints

A small selection of interesting Yiddish Language titles. All items can be ordered through the hollanderbooks website: http://www.hollanderbooks. Subject to prior sale.

    This group, acquired from a right-wing collector with a fascination for the history of the left, is comprised primarily of Soviet imprints. There are a few rarities by women, interesting translations and publications from places of interest (immediate post-war Germany and Mexico City).

Der Nister. Di Mishpokhe Mashber/ Di Mishpoche Mashber. Moscow, Sovetski Pisatel,, 1974. Octavo, tan cloth spine wit black lettering, illustrated paper covered boards, frontispiece photo, 598 pp., b/w drawings by V.V. Lokshin. Hardbound. Very Good. Text is in Yiddish. OCLC Number: 7297972.
                                                               This edition was preceded by the Farlag Emes edition in the 1938 and the American edition published in two volumes, the first in 1943 and the second in 1948. This edition represents the rehabilitation of Der Nister in the Soviet milieu. (70056)      $50.00

Dobin, Hirsh. Af der Vaysrusisher erd: dertseylungen un noveln. Moscow, Ogiz, Melukhe-farlag "Der Emes", 1947. Small octavo, edgeworn paper covers with a cover illustration and lettering in aqua, 288 pp.  Softbound. Very Good-. Text is in Yiddish. OCLC Number: 19306766.
                                                           A novelized version of Dobin's partisan experiences after his escape from the Minsk ghetto. Long-lived, Dobin was twelve at the time of the October revolution and survived the Soviet Union by a decade. (70043)      $60.00

Dunets, Kh. In kamf af tsvey frontn: (kegn rekhtn un "linkn" afnayg un natsional-oportunizm in der ekonomisher arbet tsivshn di Yidishe arbetndike). Minsk, Vaysrusishe visnshaft-akademye, Yidisher sektor, 1932. Small octavo, paper covers with a worn spine, bottom open corner worn, 106 pp., yellowed paper. Softbound. Good. Sotsyal-Ekonomishe Serye 3. Text is in Yiddish. OCLC Number: 122843163. Rare. (70048)      $75.00

Giovagnoli, Raffaele [R Dzshiovanioli]. Spartak : historisher roman : mit der baylage fun a kurtsen erklerungs verterbukh. New York, M. Gurewitch, 1920s. Small octavo, red cloth with black lettering, 267 pp. Text is in Yiddish. Edited by E. Gadmer. Translated from the Italian into Yiddish by  L. Lakson. OCLC Number: 12274786.                                                                                                                         Spartacus was an important novel in the Italian political environment, praised by both Garibaldi and Gramsci. It became a model for politically engaged historical novels with sufficient staying power that this Yiddish translation was seen as a potential popular seller fifty years after the first Italian publication. (70054)      $60.00

Glantz, Yaacov. A kezayes erd: epishe poeme. Mexico City, Farlag Tsevi Kesel bey der Kultur Komisye fun Yidishn Tsentral Komitet, 1950. Octavo, paper covers with slight wear to the edges, 143 pp., b/w drawings by Isaac Lichtenstein.  Softbound. Very Good. Text is in Yiddish. Inscribed by the author on the title-page. (70053)      $60.00

IAroslavskii, Emelian. Kurtse etyudn iber der geshikhte fun der AlKP(b). Moscow, Ferlag "Shul un bukh", 1927. Octavo, tan cloth with brown lettering, 392 pp., yellowed paper. Hardbound. Very Good-. Translated from the Russian into Yiddish by Loeb Goldberg. OCLC Number: 55962025. Rare.
                                                              A Yiddish edition of a history of the All-Union Communist Party (Bolsheviks). (70046)      $75.00

Kvitko, Leib, compiled by. Deklamator. Kharkov, Tsentrfarlag, 1929. Small octavo, soiled grey cloth with gold lettering, endpapers worn at the hinges, 320, iv pp. Hardbound. Good. Text is in Yiddish. Edited by Henekh Kazakevitsh. OCLC Number: 320567603.                                                      Kvitko managed to get himself in trouble this year with a satirical attack on the Soviet-Jewish literary functionary Litvinov and ended the year as an apprentice lathe operator. This anthology that he edited must have come from earlier in the year. (70042)      $50.00

Moskovsky, Y. Moskve-tsofn-polyus-Moskve: notitsn fun a pilot. Moscow, Farlag "Emes", 1937. Duodecimo, blue cloth with the silloutte of an airplane and lettering in a darker blue, illustrated endpapers, 208 pp., errata sheet tipped-in, yellowed paper. Hardbound. Very Good-. Text translated into Yiddish from the Russian by Hyman Meisel. Prepared for publication by N. Podorolsky. (70049)      $75.00

Remarque, Erich Maria. Oyfn Mayrev-Front Keyn Nayes. Warsaw, Farlag fun B. Kletzkin, 1929. Octavo, soiled and worn olive cloth spine, illustrated printed paper covered boards with small chips to the open front corners of the boards, frontispiece photo of the Remarque, 241 pp., duotone drawing of Remarque, yellowed paper, wear to the hinge of the endpapers. Hardbound. Fair. Authorized translation into Yiddish by Isaac Bashevis Singer. Edited by Michael Weichert. OCLC Number: 42743461. A not very impressive copy of this delicate true Yiddish first.
                                                                Kletskin had a hit with this title. This is the first edition. There were two additional editions of this same IB Singer translation published subsequently, also by Kletskin, in Vilna. Both have cover art that differed from this Warsaw edition. (70058)      $75.00

Rolland, Romain. Mahatma Gandi. Warsaw, Farlag "Kultur=Lige", 1926. Small octavos, blue cloth with gold lettering and a design in black, frontispiece photo, 167 pp., yellowed paper, brittleness. Hardbound. Good-. Text translated from the French into Yiddish by L. Goldin, and Y. Fogel. OCLC Number: 21329861. Uncommon.
                                                               Both Gandhi's Indian Nationalism and his Pacifism were subjects of interest to inter-war Jewry. Their relevance comes in the efforts to attain civil rights throughout the world and in the effort to gain the promised release of Palestine from the same colonial masters who held control of Gandhi's India. (70045)      $45.00

Schoenfeld, Rose. Blut-farvandshaft: a roman fun itstigen leben. New York, Maks Yankovits, 1930. Small octavo, red cloth with black lettering, 256 pp. Hardbound. Good. Text is in Yiddish. OCLC Number: 56027660.
                                                             Before the Second World War women writing in Yiddish were largely active as poets. Novelists like Schoenfeld were fewer in number. (70044)      $75.00

Sholem Aleichem. Kleyne mentshelekh mit kleyne hasoges/ / Kleine Menschen mit kleinen Begriffen/ Little Men with small horizon. Di Naye Yidishe Bibliotek. Berlin, Menorah Farlag, 1948. Octavo in edgeworn dust jacket, mildly soiled dust jacket, 223 pp., mildly yellowed paper, b/w drawings by Peter Kleinschmidt. Hardbound. Very Good-. Text is in Yiddish. Technical editing by David Kohan. OCLC Number: 33017117.
                                                                A post-war German Yiddish publication. This edition is not a simple reprint from an earlier edition, but a reset and re-edited edition. It has an uncommon dust jacket and illustrations new to this edition. Considering the usual physical qualities of most of the books produced for the population in Germany at the time, mostly Displaced Persons, this book was produced to high standards.  (70055)      $95.00

Shtern: Literarish-kinstlerisher un Politish-visnshaftlekher Khoydesh-Zshurnal, Zibeter Yorgang, Oktyaber-Noyaber, 1931, No. 10-11. Minsk, Vidanne "Aktsyabr", 1931. Royal octavo, soiled paper covers, 147 pp., yellowed paper. Softbound. Good. Text is in Yiddish. (70051)      $50.00

Shtern: Literarish-kinstlerisher un Politish-visnshaftlekher Khoydesh-Zshurnal, Akhter Yorgang, Yanvar-Fevral, 1932, No. 1-2. Minsk, Vidanne "Aktsyabr", 1932. Royal octavo, soiled paper covers, 116, xxvii pp., yellowed paper. Softbound. Good. Text is in Yiddish.
                                                                This and the previous item are single issues. The journal itself is a hybrid of Jewish literature and left politics. Even single issues and uncommon. (70050)      $50.00

Stelmakh, Ane [Anna]. Af dorem-Ural: dertseylungen. Moscow, Ogiz, Melukhe-Farlag "Der Emes", 1947. Small octavo, edgeworn paper covers, 188 pp. Softbound. Very Good-. Text is in Yiddish. OCLC Number: 17728876.
                                                              The author likely was one of many Soviet citizens forced in the hinterlands by the advance of the Nazi force. Relatively few women published book length works in the Soviet Yiddish environment.  (70052)      $125.00

Zametkin, Adella Kean. Der froys handbukh. Jamaica, New York, The Author, 1930. Octavo, soiled blue cloth with black lettering, fraying at the spine ends and edges, frontispiece photo, 648 pp. Hardbound. Good. Text is in Yiddish. OCLC Number: 3867026.                                                             
                                                                              In this self-published work Zametkin covers the areas of Jewish cooking, women's health and hygiene and family life. One of a limited number of titles in this genre and the largest I have seen. A couple hundred pages of food talk and recipes.   (70057)      $225.00