Petroleum. Upton SINCLAIR, illus John Heartfield.


Berlin: Malik Verlag, N.d. [1927]. First German Edition. First Malik edition, and the first edition in German, of Sinclair's radical tale of greed and capital in the California oil fields. The dustwrapper features one of Heartfield's most successful early jacket designs, with oil derricks and dollar signs montaged over the faces of the quintessential American icons Rudolph Valentino and Greta Garbo. Quite uncommon in the first printing, especially with the dustwrapper so well preserved. Rideout novel. GOTTESMAN C472. First printing (1.-15. Tausend). Octavo. Original blue cloth boards, stamped in gilt on spine and front cover; dustjacket; 638, [2]pp. Hairline crack to front hinge (internal), else a fresh, well-preserved copy in the original photomontage dustwrapper by John Heartfield, slightly chipped along upper edge but still quite attractive, with spine panel still bright and unfaded.

Price: $750.00

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