Warsaw: Wydawnictwo Idisz Buch, 1962. First edition. Softcover. Folio. 15.5x12.5". 15-page printed text booklet + 30 plates. Printed beige portfolio with black lettering, housing a collection of 30 loose plates of tipped in reproductions of the work of Polish painter and graphic artist Rafal Chwoles (Rafael Chwoles). The initial text introduction is printed in Polish, English and Yiddish and also contains a list of plates. Plates are mostly in b/w, with 9 in full color, with mounted reproductions in various sizes. Signed and inscribed by Chwoles to his friend Polish-American artist Bernard Zakheim, on the Yiddish-language title page. Also laid in to the portfolio are a signed postcard from Chwoles to Zakeim, and the front of the original shipping package, addressed to Zakheim.
Portfolio with chipping, tears, smudges and light staining. Bottom flap missing. Closed tears and some creasing along the edges of the printed booklet. Plates with some creasing and sunning along the edges. Images clean and bright overall. Portfolio in fair, interior in good+ condition overall. fair to g+. Item #43761
Rafael Chwoles or Rafał Chwoles (1913, Vilnius - 2002, Paris) was a Polish-Jewish painter and graphic artist of and a member of the Vilnius modernist Jewish literary and artistic group Jung Wilne (Yiddish יונג ווילנע, "Young Vilnius").