Munich: F. Bruckmann, 1946. First edition. Hardcover. 1/500?. Folio. Black cloth over illustrated beige paper portfolio, housing 24 loose plates + a 4 page folded printed introduction. Paste-down of a drawing by the artist on front cover. B/w reproductions of sketches in rotogravure in the impressionistic style by Polish artist and Dachau concentration camp survivor Jerzy Zielezinski. The drawings depict life in the camp as the artist saw it. Zielezinski was a political prisoner in Dachau. The original sketches, for the most part, were done in charcoal. The images are abstract, but nonetheless harrowing and filled with raw emotion. Captions in English, German, French, and Spanish. Foreword in English. This copy is #379 from a limited edition of unknown quantity.
List of plates:
1) Transport. 2) The New Arrival. 3) Before the Bath. 4) I am Hungry. 5) Night-Shift. 6) When will it be my Turn? 7) Foreman. 8) Punishment. 9) Suicide. 10) "If Only..." 11) Work is Liberty. 12) Garroted. 13) Delirium. 14) Shadows on the Square. 15) The Capo. 16) I am Cold. 17) The Women's Roll Call. 18) The Hospital. 19) Small Criminals. 20) The Prominents. 21) The Shot. 22) To the Wire! 23) Evacuation. 24) Strange Incident
Powerful Holocaust art, complete as issued.
Portfolio with light rubbing to corners, and minor sunning along the edges of the covers. Interior with minor water stains to the front of the introductory text plate. Plate 1 with a small crease to the upper right corner. A few minor smudges to the margins of a few other plates. Portfolio in very good, interior in very good+ condition overall. Portfolio protected by modern mylar. vg to vg+. Item #46379