Vienna: The Golem/ Printing-Office John N. Vernay, 1925. First edition. Hardcover. Octavo. 247pp. , [+ 10 plates]. Original textured black buckram with gilt lettering on front cover and spine. Collection of famous legends surrounding the character of the Golem of Prague, a man of clay supposedly brought to life by means of a Kabbalistic rituals by Rabbi Judah Loew of Prague. In some of the popular accounts the Golem's purpose was to patrol the Jewish ghetto to guard against Christians attempting to frame Jews with blood libel accusations. Illustrated with ten b/w reproductions of photographs and artwork. Translated by Harry Schneiderman with prefatory note by Hans Ludwig Held. Interleaved throughout with ten plates of b/w illustrations, including photographic reproductions. Text in English, translated from the German.
Binding with minor bumping to corners and a few minor smudges to the covers. Starting at interior covers and p.100. A few sporadic markings and underlining in pen throughout the text and a few sporadic light water stains. Previous owner's illustrated ex-libris on the interior front cover. Binding in very good, interior in good condition overall. g to vg. Item #47416