Kampfreime [cover title: Kampf Reime]

Hamburg: Quer-Verlag, [1969]. Second, Expanded edition. Collection of rhymed chants first issued by the author's publishing house Quer-Verlag in 1968 for members of the German Student Movement and the protests staged that year. The author, the son of a dock worker, was himself a member of the leftist literary group Hamburg Linksliteratisch. This work a curious example of a book as weapon in the literal sense, the boards' fore-edges extending beyond the text block and are both sharp and the corners quite pointed so that while the book is small enough to fit in the palm of one's hand one can imagine the harm it could do to a vulnerable jugular. Quite scarce, OCLC locates three copies of any edition in the United States as of March, 2020, at Yale, U. Iowa, and Harvard. Oblong 16mo (ca. 7x13cm.); original red staplebound card wrappers taped into cloth tape-backed sharp aluminum boards, decorative element mounted to upper cover; [61]ll. printed mimeographed on white and red paper. Old ballpoint manuscript spine title, boards a bit tarnished, else Very Good or better, contents fresh and fine. Rubberstamp to upper cover: "Notwehrtauglich" ("suitable for self-defense"), the title page describing this as "Handliche, mit scharfen kanten ausgestettatet kampfausgabe für die phase des revolutionären widerstands" (a "handy sharp-edged combat edition for the next phase in revolutionary resistance" - our/google's translation).

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