Psalmen [Limited Edition]. Hendrick Nicolaas WERKMAN, printer, trans Martin Buber.

Psalmen [Limited Edition]

[Groningen, the Netherlands: H.N. Werkman, De Blauwe Schuit, 1942]. First Edition. Collection of four psalms translated from the original Hebrew, including nos. 190, 43, 94, and 12, illustrated with three of Werkman's distinctive "Druksel" prints (including cover art), the first interior print in two colors (grey and yellow), the second in red. Published by the underground "Blue Barge" press in the Nazi-occupied Netherlands in an edition of which none were to be for sale. Werkman would eventually be arrested by the German secret police in March, 1945, and his paintings, prints, and "suspect texts" confiscated. The Dutch typographer and printer was executed by firing squad a month later, three days before the liberation of Groningen, and his confiscated works destroyed in a fire. See the H.N. Werkman Foundation catalog Hendrik Nicolaas Werkman, 1882-1945 (1977), no. 180; and the Städt. Kunstgaerlie Bochum catalog Hendrik Nicolaas Werkman (1961), no. 42-g18. Harvard only in OCLC as of November, 2015. Limited to 75 copies. Small quarto (26.75cm.); original tan stitched decorative wrappers printed in three colors (red, blue, and pale blue); [8]pp.; two full-page color stencilled illus. Some light interior spotting, else Fine.

Price: $2,750.00

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