New York: Students for a Democratic Society, 1968. First Edition. First three issues (of four) of this short-lived official SDS organ, which ceased publication with the January, 1969 issue. Despite the internal divisions evident from its first issue, CAW was an ambitious publication, featuring bold layouts and early work by a number of authors who would go on to wide influence, including Clarence Major, Marge Piercy, Julius Lester, Todd Gitlin, and others.
[Washington, D.C.]: American Printing Co. 1925. First Edition. Small promotional handbill for a rally and concert to benefit the Hampton-Tuskegee “Eight Million Dollar Drive” campaign. Featured speakers were R.R. Moton, Anson Phelps Stokes, and Kelly Miller; music provided by the Hampton and Tuskegee Quartettes. With halftone portrait of R.R. Moton. Together with a separate printed program of identical dimensions, listing the speakers and order of ceremonies.
San Francisco: City Lights, 1969. Facsimile Reprint.Facsimile reprint of the 1959 first edition. Octavo; printed card wrappers; 35pp. Inscribed by Corso inside the front wrapper: “My first work / O how I loved poetry - but yet I was weak here - / Gregory,” undated and with no inscribee stated.
Columbus, OH: Specialty Book Company, 1943. First Edition. An expose intending to warn taxpayers of Washington, D.C. politicians’ scandalous involvement with women in the sex work and prostitution industry. Only four locations found via OCLC. Octavo (23.5). Pictorial staplebound wrappers, 26pp. Minor soiling to covers, darkening to pages, minimal pencil marginalia. Very Good.
New York: Hungarian Daily Journal Publishing Company, Inc. [ca.1945-46]. Janos’ celebration of the Second Hungarian Republic, with biographical sketches of political figures like Tildy Zoltan, Nagy, Ferenc, and Rakosi Matyas, et al. Illustrated throughout with photographs and essays about the reconstruction after the war. The cover bears a stunning image by Hugo Gellert.
London: Unity Theatre, (1942). Original lithographed poster, 54cm x 41cm (21” x 16”). Professionally matted and framed (not laid down) beneath UV-protective glass. Fine, unfaded example; Grade A.
London’s Unity Theatre was organized in 1936; decidedly left-wing in outlook, it had ties to the Communist Party of Great Britain and to Victor Gollancz’s Left Book Club Theatre Guild. The Theatre’s annual satirical revues, which pioneered the use of such agitprop techniques as dramatic documentary (akin to the “Living Newspapers” of the Federal Theatre in the U.S.), improvisation, and audience participation, marked an important phase in the evolution of dramatic performance art in Great Britain. A really lovely early work by S. John Woods, noted for his film and travel posters (including several for London Transport) in the 1950s.
Inaugural issue of Soviet Russia Today, the official organ of the Friends of the Soviet Union, a Communist Front group organized to extoll the achievements of the Five Year Plan. Sold at the give-away price of $1.00 per year, the aim was to get as many copies as possible into the hands of suffering workers during the Great Depression. It worked!