Warsaw: Pinkhas Graubard (Di Welt), 1923. Softcover. Small Folio. (8)pp, iii (i)pp., (6) 19-217 (6)pp., 4 plates. Original gray wraps with blue woodcut and lettering on cover, protected by modern mylar. The most important collection of Yiddish folklore and songs by the Warsaw circle of Jewish folklorists gathered around Noah Prylucki (Noyek Prilutski, 1882–1941). These Yiddish ethnographical and philological studies include Purimshpils, songs of thieves, prisoners and prostitutes, and some scores. The contributors are Pinkhes Graubard, Moses Joseph Dickstein, Shmuel Lehman and A. Almi. Illustrated with three portrait photographs and two group photographs, with tissue guards, several in-text woodcuts, and facsimiles.
The most productive collector of Yiddish folklore and songs was Shmuel Lehman (1886–1941). From his collection of children's folklore and thieves songs, numerous anecdotes and tales of the Jewish underworld were published with two Purimshpils in this anthology. Lehman was known to use every excuse to meet with ordinary people, his work as bill collector, selling lottery tickets, etc., or he took on work that would take him to the country side to collect material. The collection was edited by M. Vanvild, pen name of Moses Joseph Dickstein, who also used the pseudonym Leib Kave or Kava Shloyme-Leyb, one of the most important scholars of Yiddish folklore. His literary and ethnographic exploits contributed vastly to the shaping of Jewish culture as a modern European culture.
Text in Yiddish, Hebrew type. Wraps with light spotting and sunned around edges. Block browned due to use of acidic paper, some light sporadic foxing. Wraps and interior in overall good condition. g. Item #43675