Moscow: Shul un Bukh, 1924. First edition. Softcover. Octavo. 138pp. . Tan printed wrappers, with modernist red and black design and typography on the front cover. Written by Yiddish writer, literary-critic and editor Moishe Litvakov (c.1875-1937), the work is a commemoration of the fifth anniversary of five year survey of the establishment of The Moscow State Jewish (Yiddish) Theatre (aka GOSET). The work is dedicated to Russian-Jewish theater director Alexis Granowsky (1890–1937), who founded the theater company and contains a b/w photographic frontispiece of him. The book covers the company's history and discusses various productions, actors, and artists associated with it. Productions covered include the company's first performance after its move to Moscow "An Evening of Sholem Aleichem" (1921, with production designs by Marc Chagall), Shalom Asch's controversial "God of Vengence (1921), Abraham Goldfaden's "The Sorceress" (aka, The Witch of Botosani or simply The Witch, 1922), Sholem Aleichem's "The Big Win", and "The Get" (1924).
Illustrated throughout with plates containing b/w photographic reproductions displaying staging of productions and actors of the company, as well as woodcut theater designs. After page 26 there is a double-page photographic image of the entire company posed in font the orginal theater location in Kiev. Includes at least one woodcut image by illustrator Isaac Rabichev (1896-1957), as well as the front cover design by renowned artist, designer, and illustrator Nathan Altman (1889-1970).
Text in Yiddish.
Wrappers with some sunning, rubbing, and chipping to the front cover and spine. back wrapper detached but present. Book block still holding, wrappers and binding held together and protected in modern mylar. Interior with some light age toning to the edges of pages throughout. The plate at p.48 detached but present. Binding in fair, interior in very good condition overall. fair to vg. Item #47002
Yiddish Title: פינף יאר מלוכישער אידישער קאמער-טעאטער
Author: .ליטוואקאוו, מ.( משה ליטבקוב).