Item #1751 [Cover title in Yiddish:] Schwartzbard. Cover design by, Marc Chagall.
Cover design by Chagall

[Cover title in Yiddish:] Schwartzbard.

[Paris]: [I. Grodzensky], [1927]. First edition. Text in French and Yiddish. In publisher’s wrappers, bound by string. Cover design by Marc Chagall. [4] text plates, and [19] album card plates with mounted photographic reproductions. Cover and plates are worn at extremities. Cover and some plates damaged at corners, and at the string. Two photographic reproductions are loose. Overall in good condition.

Scarce book with Chagall’s cover design.

With Marc Chagall’s image on the front cover. Before a black background, the image features an opened Torah scroll with the inscription of Schwartzbard's name in Hebrew letters, an angel with sword flies over the Torah, an allusion to Michael the Archangel, the advocate of the Jews.

A scarce album with pictures of places and portraits of people connected with the Schwartzbard-trial, together with short expressions of opinion from prominent intellects, as well as brief biographical notes on Schwartzbard and Petliura.

Sholom Schwartzbard (1886–1938), was a Russian-born French Yiddish poet and anarchist, the assassin of Symon Petliura (1879–1926), head of the Ukrainian government-in-exile in Paris in 1926. Schwartzbard held Petliura responsible for the death of fifteen of his relatives, murdered in pogroms during Petliura rule of the Ukrainian National Republic. The number of Jews murdered during the massive 1918–1921 pogroms in Ukraine is estimated to be between 35,000 and 50,000, and a large percent of the violent attacks were carried out by soldiers under Petliura’s command. The Schwartzbard trial began in mid-October 1927, lasted for eight days, in the end, it turned on accusations of Petliura's responsibility for the pogroms, and eventually, Schwarztbard was acquitted.

Scarce, we could trace only 3 copies in institutional holdings (Harvard University, Widener Library, Cambridge, MA, USA; NLI, Jerusalem; Musée d’art et d’histoire du Judaïsme, Paris).


Price: €4,500.00