Havana: P. Fernandez y Ca. 1929. First edition. Softcover. 16mo. 30pp. Printed brown paper wrappers with black lettering on the front cover. This extremely scarce publication contains the full regulations and by-laws of the Municipal Association of Parents and Teachers, in Cuba. It was issued during the era of the presidency of Gerardo Machado, and serves as an interesting piece in the history of education in early 20th century Cuba. The verso of the title page contains a period signed and dated inscription in ink, from the founders of the association Margarita Noriega (Leal) de Cespedes and Fidel de Cespedes Tamayo, to Ben Zion Dizik (1888-1960)*, a prominent member of Havana's Jewish community.
Five pages of the book contain the ink stamps of the previous owner, Jewish historian Leyzer Ran (1912-1995). There are two different designs for the stamps, one is a square illustration, modified after an original art nouveau print by acclaimed artist Ephraim Moses Lilien (1874-1925) and the other features Hebrew text on a horizontal line of musical notation with a treble clef.
Text throughout in Spanish.
Wrappers stained with a tear at the bottom of the front cover. Ink stamps on the interior front wrapper, the top of page 3 and on the last few pages. A few pages have period underlining or notes in ink and/or pencil. Some pages with minor smudges or creasing in the margins or to the edges. Wrappers in fair, interior in good- condition overall. Extremely scarce, with o copies located worldwide in OCLC. Protected in modern mylar. fair to g-. Item #50211
*Ben Zion Dizik (1888-1960) was a merchant and prominent member of the Cuba's Jewish community. He served for many years as the president of the Adath Israel congregation, in old Havana, and was also president of the "Centro Israelita de Cuba" (Jewish Center of Cuba), the umbrella organization under which all Cuban-Jewish community organizations were administered.