Mas'ah Tzlav shel Yeladim/ Kinderkreuzzug 1939 (The Children's Crusade) [SIGNED & INSCRIBED]
Jerusalem: Sifre Tarshish, 1966. Limited first Hebrew edition. Hardcover. 1/550. Oblong folio. 25 loose plates. Housed in an illustrated tan and black cloth slipcase, with white lettering on the front cover. Tan cloth over illustrated white and black paper board chemise portfolio, with flaps. #29 from a limited edition of 550 total copies. This copy is inscribed and signed on the colophon by artist Gershon Knispel to Israeli philosopher and writer Jacob S. Levinger.
A series of 24 loose plates of evocative original black lithographs by acclaimed Israeli artist Gershon Knispel (1932-2018) which illustrate the content of Bertholt Brecht's powerful anti-war poem "Kinderkreuzzug 1939" (The Children's Crusade). 23 of these plates are numbered, each with corresponding text passages from the poem, and a small reproduction of the related image printed on a translucent Japan vellum paper onlay. There is an additional unnumbered plate featuring a lithographic illustrated portrait of Bertolt Brecht, as well as the title plate which contains publication information on the verso. This Hebrew-language edition was published on the ten anniversary of Brecht's death and features text translation by Israeli poet and writer Raphael Eliaz (1905-1974). Also included is a loose 8-page pamphlet, printed on translucent Japan vellum, which contains introductory text from Dutch museum curator and art critic Willem Sandberg (1897–1984) and Israeli writer Mati Meged (1923-2003).
Text throughout in Hebrew.
Slipcase with foxing and water stains. Chemise with some light foxing, as well as minor rubbing and bumping to extremities. Title plate with a few stains. All the other plates clean and vibrant. Slipcase in good, chemise in very good-, plates in very good+ to near fine condition overall. g to near fine. Item #47777
* The first edition of this portfolio was originally published in Germany, in 1962, with text in German and Portuguese.
Hebrew: מסע צלב של ילדים, ספרי תרשיש
רפאל אליעז, גרשון קניספל, ברטולט ברכ
Alternate Transliteration: Masaʻ tselav shel yeladim.