[New York]: Keynote Recordings, Inc., 1940. Pamphlet. Duodecimo, 16p. Good. Item #17050604
The Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) roused deep passions in many authors and artists of the day (i.e., George Orwell's "Homage to Catalonia" and Ernest Hemingway's "For Whom the Bell Tolls"). This scarce pamphlet contains the lyrics to six songs written during that period, and which were actually recorded during the conflict, in June of 1938, by the German singer Ernst Busch. The 78 rpm record album has long gone, but this pamphlet is a wonderful record of the passions of those who fought and many who died; one song is titled "Hans Beimler" who was a deputy in the Bavarian Diet who was imprisoned in Dachau, and was one of the very few prisoners ever to escape. With a short message on the front wrap by Paul Leroy Robeson (1898-1976), a noted bass singer and actor who was involved with the Civil Rights Movement, giving a ringing endorsement of the album and the International Brigade. ***DESCRIPTION: Softbound pamphlet with the endorsement by Paul Robeson on the front wrap, an introduction inside by Erich Weinert, followed by the six songs in the origional languages (German, French and Spanish) with the English translation on the opposite page, which also gives a short history of each song, on the back cover a short afterword by Eric Bernay. Pamphlet of white paper with black print, 12mo size (approximately 7.25" tall), unpaginated with eight leaves. ***CONDITION: Good only; with long tears to the outer wrap along the fold so that the pamphlet is now held together only by the center staple, some creasing and soiling throughout, with significant pencil marks to pages four and eight, prior owner names on front and rear wrappers. ***POSTAGE: International customers, please note that additional postage may apply as the standard does not always cover costs; please inquire for details. ***Swan's Fine Books is pleased to be a member of the ABAA, ILAB, and IOBA and we stand behind every item we sell. Please contact us with any questions you may have, we are here to help.