London: Freie Deutsche Jugend, 1943. First Edition. Octavo (18.25cm); pictorial card wrappers; 64pp, with cover illustration after a photomontage by John Heartfield. Light wear and gentle sunning to spine and extremities, with a shallow (half-centimeter) loss at crown; contents fresh; Very Good+, lacking the scarce printed dustjacket.
Attractive copy of this important collection of exile anti-Fascist verse, published by the Freie Deutsche Jugend (Free German Youth), an underground socialist network that operated in exile from 1938 to 1946. Foreword by the Austrian Expressionist painter and poet Oskar Kokoschka, whose work had been featured prominently in the 1937 Nazi exhibition of "Degenerate Artists." Contributions by Max-Hermann Neisse, Bertolt Brecht, Hans Marchwitza, Max Zimmering, and others. The cover is one of John Heartfield's most celebrated photomontage book designs -- a subtle play on Galileo's defiant (if apocryphal) pronouncement upon release from the Inquisition: "Eppur si muove," or "And yet it does move!" -- depicting a bloated Hitler straddling the earth's northern hemisphere, a bloody saber in his hand...but the earth still rotating on its axis. SIEPMANN [Montage: John Heartfield vom Club Dada zur Arbeiter-Illustrierten Zeitung ] A218.