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LOWENFELS, Walter, & Anton Refregier.

Song of Peace:

based on poems by Paul Eluard, Nicolas Guillen, Horace, M. Lukenin, Gabriela Mistral, Vitêzlav Nezval, Tu Fu. Translated, adapted and arranged by Walter Lowenfels and blockprints by Anton Regregier.

New York, Roving Eye Press, 1959 Stock Code: 79776
£375.00
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First and limited edition, of 1,000 copies, signed by both author and illustrator, this copy additionally inscribed by Lowenfels on a preliminary blank, "For Sol Mandelblatt, these anecdotes of the service, Walter Lowenfels, Mays Landing his sometime New Jersey home 1962". A most attractive provenance that links Lowenfels (1897-1976), one of America's most ardent peace activists, and Spanish Civil War veteran Sol Mandelblatt (1924-2012), awarded the Bronze Star during World War II and mentioned memorably by American broadcaster and left-wing activist William Mandel in his highly-acclaimed autobiography: "An elfin bookdealer named Sol Mandelblatt, another veteran of the Lincoln Brigade, had set up his second-hand store in an abandoned cold-storage block just west of the University of California at Berkeley. On Saturday evenings he scheduled poetry readings and hootenanny guitar playing, and artists displayed their works on the soaring walls above his bookcases" (Saying No to Power: Autobiography of a 20th Century Activist and Thinker, Creative Arts Book Company, 1999, p.343).

The illustrator, Anton Refregier (1905-1979), was a painter and muralist who was active in the Federal Art Project, sponsored by the Works Progress Administration agency established under Roosevelt's New Deal. Roving Eye Press was established in the late 20s by the multi-faceted Bob brown, who invented a reading machine that has been described as the "Godfather of the E-Reader" (Jennifer Shuessler in The New York Times, 8 April 2010).

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Description

Quarto. Original linen cloth binding, letterpress sheets mounted front and back.

Illustrations

Nine woodcut plates and dove motif to title and three divisional titles.

Condition

Covers somewhat stained, paper sheets a little soiled and creased, three light burn marks to spine, slight stain to head of prelims, some show-through of letterpress. A very good copy.

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