Kiev: Kultur-Lige, 1922. First edition. Softcover. Small octavo. 39pp. . Illustrated black and white wrappers with black lettering on the front cover. Wrappers protected by white tissue paper covers. Illustrated publisher's device on the back cover. Modernist cover design featuring a snake, by artist and graphic designer Joseph Chaikov (1888 – 1979). Published by Kultur-Lige as part of their "little lyric library" series, this is a collection of Yiddish symbolist-influenced poems by Lipe Reznik (1890-1944).
Text in Yiddish.
Wrappers have been professionally repaired, but still contain some light rubbing and creasing to the extremities, including the along spine. Interior with a few minor water spots and an inscription from the previous owner in ink, on the title page. A number of pages throughout the text have sporadic markings in pen. Wrappers in very good, interior in good condition overall. Quite scarce. Binding protected in modern mylar. g to vg. Item #46917
Yiddish title: סאמעט, ליפא רעזניק
Lipe Reznik (b. Chernobyl 1890-1944) was a well known Yiddish translator, educator, writer and poet. In addition to his own writing which included poetry and plays, his earlier career was defined by his work as a teacher of Yiddish language and literature, as well has his works for children. Additionally he did translations of Russian classic literature and medieval Hebrew poetry into Yiddish. His own earlier work reveals a symbolist influence, for which he was criticized at the time but leftist figures, while his later works take on more nationalist and Zionist tones.