1923 · London
First edition of the first English translation, printed by Nonesuch: Toller's Expressionist drama Masse-Mensch, "first put on paper in . . . the first year of the German revolution, in the prison-fortress of Niederschoenenfeld" (p. viii), here translated from the German by Nonesuch partner Vera Mendel herself. The frontispiece is a tipped-in photograph of the Volksbühne production, taken by Lisi Jessen, with three more Jessen photographs showing three of Hans Strobach's set designs. All of the photographs are photogravures.
Provenance: Elegant calligraphic bookplate of Norman J. Sondheim, American collector of fine press books.
Dreyfus, History of the Nonesuch Press, 8. Publisher's batik-printed heavy paper–covered boards, spine with printed paper label; joints and extremities mildly rubbed. Extra spine label tipped in at the back of the volume. Pages very slightly age-toned, otherwise clean. => An attractive copy of a little book that intrigues for multiple reasons. (Inventory #: 36134)