[In Yiddish:] Himlen in Opgrunt. / Himłen in Opgrunt. Napisał Chaim Król. Komozycje Estery Karp. [Heavens in the Abyss.]. Ester Karp, Chaim Król, Esther Carp, Khayim Krul.
[In Yiddish:] Himlen in Opgrunt. / Himłen in Opgrunt. Napisał Chaim Król. Komozycje Estery Karp. [Heavens in the Abyss.]
[In Yiddish:] Himlen in Opgrunt. / Himłen in Opgrunt. Napisał Chaim Król. Komozycje Estery Karp. [Heavens in the Abyss.]
[In Yiddish:] Himlen in Opgrunt. / Himłen in Opgrunt. Napisał Chaim Król. Komozycje Estery Karp. [Heavens in the Abyss.]
[In Yiddish:] Himlen in Opgrunt. / Himłen in Opgrunt. Napisał Chaim Król. Komozycje Estery Karp. [Heavens in the Abyss.]
[In Yiddish:] Himlen in Opgrunt. / Himłen in Opgrunt. Napisał Chaim Król. Komozycje Estery Karp. [Heavens in the Abyss.]
[In Yiddish:] Himlen in Opgrunt. / Himłen in Opgrunt. Napisał Chaim Król. Komozycje Estery Karp. [Heavens in the Abyss.]
[In Yiddish:] Himlen in Opgrunt. / Himłen in Opgrunt. Napisał Chaim Król. Komozycje Estery Karp. [Heavens in the Abyss.]
[In Yiddish:] Himlen in Opgrunt. / Himłen in Opgrunt. Napisał Chaim Król. Komozycje Estery Karp. [Heavens in the Abyss.]
Hand Colored Art Book by Yung-Yidish Woman Artist

[In Yiddish:] Himlen in Opgrunt. / Himłen in Opgrunt. Napisał Chaim Król. Komozycje Estery Karp. [Heavens in the Abyss.]

[Lod] Łodz: Achrid (Drukarnia Z. Szaładajewskiego), 1921. Linocut text (9 full-page blocks) and illustrations throughout (10 full-page, 7 small blocks, title page, and cover), added watercolor on top of prints, by Esther Karp. First edition. Limited, numbered in hand, one of 200 copies. In publisher’s illustrated wrappers. [40] p. Wrappers slightly sunned. Paper yellowed due to aging. Sporadic foxing throughout. Spine slightly worn. Otherwise in fine condition.

An extremely scarce, stunning art book by the Jewish woman artist, a member of Yung-Yidish, Esther Carp.

Yung-Yidish group was the first Polish-Jewish artistic and literary avant-garde group, formed in 1918–19 in Łodz. The group aimed to create a modern Yiddish culture by fusing the current Western avant-garde with the traditional Judaic content. The founders of Yung-Yidish were the artists Marek Szwarc (1892–1958) and Jankel Adler (1895–1949) together with the Yiddish poet Moyshe Broderzon (1890–1956).

Besides Esther Carp (1897–1970), the illustrator of the present book, Ida Broyner and Dina Matus also created a parallel piece to the trilogy of such handcrafted art books, which “represent a lost chapter of Yiddish modernism, a counterbalance to a predominantly male narrative, and a hidden treasure of modern Jewish culture” (Mazower).

To create the book, Carp carved a fellow Yung-Yidish poet Khayim Krul’s (1892–1946) poem into linoleum and printed the text and the illustrations with a deep blue background, thus blur the barrier between the text and the illustration, a quality characteristic to many of Yung-Yidish publications, derived from the Russian futurist tradition, where illustration is considered as “poem in drawings”. The flickering hand-painted watercolors were added later to each printed copy, also by Carp.

Extremely scarce we could trace only six copies in institutional holdings worldwide (Yivo; JTSA; Yiddish Book Center, Amherst, MA; F. W. Olin Library, Oakland, CA; National Library of Israel; Musée d’art et d’histoire du Judaïsme, Paris).

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Price: €28,000.00