New York: Schocken Books, 1948. First American Edition. A nice association. Moishe [aka Morris] Bressler, a neighbor of the Shahns in Roosevelt, New Jersey, was a Jewish folksinger and storyteller, an occasional performer at the Newport Folk Festival and the subject of field recordings by Ralph Rinzler in the 1940s and 50s. His brother was Martin Bressler, a Manhattan lawyer who was later the executor of Shahn's artistic estate. 12mo. Maroon cloth; dustjacket; 122pp. Ben Shahn's copy, inscribed to him by Moishe [Bressler]: "I knew Babel...and Iived with his heroes. So - I am happy to give this book to you, Ben / Moishe," undated, but probably contemporary with publication. A slightly dulled, VG copy in rather worn and sun-faded dustwrapper, with splits to folds and spine panel barely legible; Good only. From the library of Ben and Bernarda Shahn, with their estate label inside front cover. (Inventory #: 30820)
The history, literature, and art of American social movements, including Civil Rights, Feminism, Labor History, Radical Politics, and Counterculture.
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