Maurice Mendjizki, ‘Hommage aux martyrs et aux combattants du Ghetto de Varsovie. Trente et un dessins de Maurice Mendjizki. Poème de Paul Eluard.’, 1950, Sylvan Cole Gallery

Paul Eluard.

Hommage aux martyrs et aux combattants du Ghetto de Varsovie. Trente et un dessins de Maurice Mendjizki. Poème de Paul Eluard.

Paris, 1950.

FIRST EDITION OF ELUARD'S RAREST BOOK, WITH AN ORIGINAL SIGNED DRAWING BY MAURICE MENDJIZKI.

Includes a 5-page poem by Eluard and 31 full-page reproductions of drawings by Mendjizki depicting the suffering and heroism of the Warsaw Ghetto and the Uprising.

Dedicated to the artist's son Claude, shot by the Nazis in 1944 for being a member of the Resistance.

THIS FIRST EDITION STRICTLY LIMITED TO 100 COPIES, of which this is number 100, SIGNED BY ELUARD AND MENDJIZKY AND CONTAINING AN WONDERFUL ORIGINAL SIGNED DRAWING BY MENDJIZKY, depicting three people trying to sleep in very cramped quarters (200 additional unsigned copies were also printed, 100 in French and 100 in Yiddish, which are not part of the first edition.)

Printed on fine wove paper. 4to. Original wraps FINE AND BRIGHT, LIKE NEW WITH NO DEFECTS, IN THE ORIGINAL BOARD CHEMISE AND SLIPCASE.

A wonderful and extremely rare example of haunting 20th-century Judaica.

About Maurice Mendjizki

Polish / French, 1890-1951, Łódź, Poland