Nyu York [New York]: "Forverts" Asosieyshon, 1926. First Edition. Octavo (22cm). Gilt-decorated russia over boards; 515pp; 16 inserted leaves of photographic plates (halftones). Generically inscribed ("With Compliments") by Cahan on front endpaper. Bit of erosion to spine ends and board exteremities; still a tight, VG or better copy. First volume of Cahan's autobiography, which appeared in five volumes between 1926 and 1931.
Uncommon signed copy of Cahan's monumental autobiography, this initial volume chronicling his childhood and young adulthood in Lithuania up to his arrival in New York in 1882. Cahan (1860-1951) was unquestionably the most influential Jewish-American intellectual of his time, reaching, through his editorship of The Jewish Daily Forward, a daily audience of millions of Yiddish-speaking readers and establishing that paper's reputation as one of the leading voices of socialism in the United States.