Kingston, NY: Maureen Cummins, 2019. One of 15 copies signed and numbered by the book artist Maureen Cummins. This powerful production was initially realized as a unique object in the spring of 2019, the book was later editioned in the fall of 2019. Throughout the piece, Cummins uses simple typographic means to explore issues of anti-Semitism, denial, and the erasure of cultural memory. Unpublished Manuscript, 1946 came out of the research phase of the Friends, Peace and Sanctuary Project, in which artists were asked to spend two weeks in the Special Collection archives at Swarthmore College. Cummins was immediately drawn to a collection of materials relating to the life of Hans Bergas, a survivor of the Buchenwald concentration camp. Cummins writes: "Following the war he and his family relocated to the United States, to the town of Chester, Pennsylvania. It was there that he met Gertrude Weaver, a German language high school teacher. In response to her request, Bergas began corresponding with Weaver’s students, a process that led to his writing a full-length memoir. Hoping to see the manuscript published, Weaver sent the manuscript to Grace Naismith, a senior editor at Reader’s Digest magazine. In a brief, typewritten response, Naismith thanked Weaver for her submission while unequivocally rejecting it as unsuitable for publication: “…the day has passed,” she wrote, “when people will read any more about Buchenwald or German atrocities…we have been so surfeited with Fascist horror stories, movies, and Nuremberg trial testimonies, that I’m afraid a present sale is most difficult.” In this artist's book, Cummins painstakingly surprints Naismith’s letter, using no more than a few words at a time, over copies of Bergas’s manuscript. In this way, Naismith’s decision to reject the manuscript is given the full weight and consequence it deserves. Reading the texts side by side also highlights the contrast between the editor’s polite, patrician language and the horrific events and experiences described in the memoir: “Death by starvation. Death by illness or execution.”" Both visually and emotionally, the reader/viewer is invited to witness the collision of worlds. Printed on a variety of translucent papers, including vintage onionskin. The memoir was digitally reproduced, while Naismith’s letter was printed letterpress using photoengraved plates. Also included are two documents contained in Bergas’s original manuscript: a map of Buchenwald that he drew for the Chester high school students, and a page of family photographs. Each book is held by a vintage clip board. The book measures 8.5 x 11 inches. In fine condition. 79 pages. ARTISTSB/080321. Fine.
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New York: Macgraw-Hill Book Company. Hardcover. Undated. Thin 4to. Solid copy of this emotional book. In linen covered boards with black titling to spine and black/gold illustration on front board. Red ribbon bookmark undamaged and bound in. In cream, illustrated dust jacket with black title to spine. Toning to jacket overall, more evident on spine panel. Some edgewear including long closed tear along edge of rear flap and small, somewhat crude, tape repair to front edge. 80 pages. HOLOCAUST/121521. Very Good / Very Good.
New York: Random House, 1952. Hardcover. Modern Library Edition. #298 SCARCE IN JACKET. Green cloth boards with gilt titling to spine. Slight toning to text block. Occasional soiling to margins otherwise a clean copy. Cream paper dust jacket with black title to spine. Jacket has moderate edge wear and minor rubbing to spine and back panel. 285 pages. HOLOCAUST/121521. Very Good / Very Good.
Nürnberg: Schwabach, 1947. Paperback. Uncommon. Text in German. Contents include: Burial-Camp of Treblinka, the terrible steam-death, Traitors Died, Be Happy, Ghetto in Flame and Blood, Jewish Police, Jewish Resistants are Working, Prophet of the 20th Century, Treblinka: A Song, and more. Bound in tan paper wrappers with title in German and Russian to front cover and title with contents in English to rear cover. Chipping to wrappers with tear along spine panel. Paper is brittle and corners of first twenty pages including front cover are creased and torn. Previous owner signature in pen to rear cover. Browning to interior. Includes photographic illustrations. 48 pages. HOL/060722. Very Good.
leipzig: Verlag für Wissenschaft und Literatur, 1946. Paperback. In German. A compilation of writings by survivors of Buchenwald detailing construction, corruption, deaths, signifcant events, and more. In tan paper wrappers with black and red illustration to front cover. Heavy creasing to rear cover, minor creasing to front cover, browning to edges of boards, and soiling to edge of rear board. Browning throughout interior and soiling to margins of last few pages. Includes chilling photographic illustrations, several diagrams, and maps. 130 pages. HOL/060822. Very Good.
Munich: Central Historical Commission, 1947. Paperback. Text is in Yiddish with English title page and photo captions. Includes 10 photographs, songs, reports on war prisoners, eye-witness reports of the forest of white Russia, first hand experiences from the war, extermination of Jews in East-Galicia, and more. This is number 4 in a series of 10 issues. Bound in tan paper wrappers with remnants of a postcard and stamp to front wrapper. Minor creasing to wrappers and bumping to corners. Clean interior. 122 pages. JUD/060722. Very Good.
Jerusalem: Yad Vashem, 1986. Hardcover. "A collection culled from the Warsaw Ghetto Underground Archives, is being published on the fortieth anniversary of teh discovery of the first part of the Archives ... The "Oneg Shabbath" Archives is a massive collection of documents, such as diaries and notes, memoirs, journalistic articles, research and literary works, as well as photographs, clandestine newspapers adn such, thus fulfilling a great historic mission. The research work initiated by the Underground Archives began as early as 1941, and aimed to record the characteristic phenomena of ghetto life ... These works reflect whole chapters of the internal history of the ghettos and are invaluable as teh single record of many communities for which no official documents exist" (rear cover). In English. Very good in black cloth covered boards with gilt title to spine. Clean and bright. In black dust jacket with pink title to spine panel and white title front panel. Creasing and closed tears to edges of jacket. 790 pages. HOL/060722. Very Good / Very Good.
Baltimore: Icarus Books, 1996. Paperback. Near fine in black and white paper wraps with white title to front wrapper and black title to white spine. Inscription to half title page. Else is clean and bright with photographic illustrations of the author. 79 pages. Holocaust. POE/109061. Near Fine in Wraps.