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SACKS, George.

The Intelligent Man’s Guide to Jew-Baiting.

Published: London: Victor Gollancz Ltd. 1935

Stock code: 108558

Price: £150

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First edition, first impression. An ironical title for a book which warns of the coming disaster in Fascist Germany, and ascribes anti-Semitism to the need for a change in the economic structure of the country. Sacks concludes “race-hatred is a relic of our stupid past, and race glorification is merely the modern variation of an ancient folly” (p. 223). Provenance: from the publisher’s archive of Victor Gollancz (1893–1967), one of the revolutionary figures of 20th-century publishing. Everything about Gollancz was distinctive, from his business practices – he flouted convention, backed newcomers extravagantly, and held unique sway over the Book Society choices – to the appearance of his books. The famous yellow jackets, a collaborative design between Gollancz himself and the typographer Stanley Morison, bristle with blurbs, recommendations, and reviews in black and magenta. Prior to its acquisition by Peter Harrington, the archive was shelved together from first publication, though occasionally moved from warehouse to warehouse over the decades. The copies were retained by Gollancz as “archive” or “file” copies and most are stamped in ink with rubber stamps, usually on the front panel of the dust jacket, the front free endpaper, and the title page.

Octavo. Original red cloth boards, spine lettered in black, in original dust jacket. In the dust jacket with spine faded, chipping along spine edges and lower rear edge. A very good copy.

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