Ein Ghetto Im Osten - Wilna (A Ghetto in the East - Vilna) [WITH] A Collection of 14 Original Photographs by Moï Ver, Not Included in the Book
Zurich: Orell Füssli Verlag, 1931. First German edition. Hardcover. Octavo. 7 (1)pp., 64 plates, 6 (1)pp. Orange quarter cloth over original b/w photo-sillustrated paper boards, protected in original glassine. Pre- W.W.II photo essay on the so-called Jewish Ghetto of Vilna and its residents. Published as number 27 in the famous series of German photo books, Schaubücher. This version is printed with text in German and Hebrew, with an introduction by S. Chneour. Lithuanian photographer Moshe Raviv-Vorobeichic studied at the Bauhaus in the 1920s and at the Ecole de Photo Cine in Paris. Following his studies, he returned home and created this scarce prewar document. Early montage and double exposure techniques exemplified in his work. Photographic study of Jewish Vilna prior to the Holocaust.
Photographic reproductions, some photo-montages of Jews at play, many buildings, walkways, stairs, and portraits. Captions in German and Hebrew. Martin Parr: The Photobook Vol. 1, page 130. Text in German and Hebrew. Front cover with small bump at lower edge, near foredge. Text pages with some foxing. Binding in overall good, interior in good, photos in very good+ condition.
A collection of 14 original b/w photographs from the same Vilna Ghetto Project by Moï Ver, originally taken circa 1928. 12 of the photographs are smaller sized, measuring on average, approximately 4 1/2 x 3", with some variation in the cut dimensions. There are also 2 larger images, one measuring 5 1/4 x 7 1/2" showing the roof of the Great Synagogue of Vilna and the largest showing the gate of the synagogue's courtyard, measuring 8 1/4x 11 1/2". Surprisingly none of these evocative and striking images of the Vilna Ghetto and its inhabitants were used ultimately used in the book, but many are quite similar to the images which did get used. These photographs are likely later prints made from the original negatives, and all contain the ink stamp of the acclaimed phtographer's studio in Tel Aviv, on the verso. The versos of the two larger images also include notes in pen in German, with one dated to 1928. Good to very good+ condition. Item #50264