by KOKOSCHKA, Oskar (fwd); John Heartfield (illus)
London: Freie Deutsche Jugend, 1943. First Edition. Important collection of exile anti-Fascist verse, published by the Freie Deutsche Jugend (Free German Youth), an underground socialist network that operated in exile from 1938 to 1946. Foreword by the Austrian Expressionist painter and poet Oskar Kokoschka, whose work had been featured prominently in the 1937 Nazi exhibition of "Degenerate Artists." Contributions by Max-Hermann Neisse, Bertolt Brecht, Hans Marchwitza, Max Zimmering, and others. The cover is one of John Heartfield's most celebrated photomontage book designs -- a subtle play on Galileo's defiant (if apocryphal) pronouncement upon release from the Inquisition: "Eppur si muove," or "And yet it does move!" -- depicting a bloated Hitler straddling the earth's northern hemisphere, a bloody saber in his hand...but the earth still rotating on its axis. SIEPMANN [Montage: John Heartfield vom Club Dada zur Arbeiter-Illustrierten Zeitung ] A218. 12mo. Pictorial card wrappers; 64pp. Trifle rubbed at extremities, with minuscule flake of paper missing at base of spine; still a Near Fine copy, far better than usually seen. Cover illustration after a photomontage by John Heartfield. (Inventory #: 28985)
The history, literature, and art of American social movements, including Civil Rights, Feminism, Labor History, Radical Politics, and Counterculture.
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