Berlin: Fritz Gurlitt, 1920. First, Limited Edition. One of 100 special copies on handmade paper, with each of the eight original lithographs signed by the artist. Quarto (32cm); parchment-backed marbled boards; 88, (2)pp; frontispiece and seven inserted leaves of plates. Discreet repairs to parchment spine; small stain to front board near crown; mild thumb-soil to preliminary leaves. In all, a fresh, Very Good or better copy with all the signed lithographs present and in fine condition. Text in German, translated from the Yiddish by Alexander Eliasberg.
The very uncommon deluxe issue of this illustrated edition of short stories by noted Polish author and playwright, translated from the original Yiddish by Alexander Eliasberg. Includes the stories "Zwei Wege," "Der Glasscherben," "Der Kolonist," "Die vierfarbige Laterne aund die vier kleinen Hunde," "Vom Irren in der Wüste," "Messias Zeiten," "Ein Chanukkatraum," and "Die Schwalben." Each story is accompanied by an original lithographic illustration by the German expressionist painter/printmaker Jakob Steinhardt, each plate pencil-signed by the artist. Only one copy of the deluxe issue recorded at auction in the past two decades (Hauff & Auvermann, Berlin, 2009); four copies in North American institutions per OCLC.