Troyer (Mourning) CHAGALL, MARC
Troyer (Mourning)
David Hofstein

Kiev: Kultur Lige, 1922.

Folio, within original illustrated wrappers, with 5 illustrations (2 on white paper) within. The letterpress text includes typographic designs. Within a contemporary folding box.Troyer includes a collection of moving poems in response to the pogroms against the Jews in the Ukraine during the civil war. Chagall's illustrations show "a man with weeping hands, the next [illustration] refers to blood dripping amid sunshine, and the last is a moving drawing of a series of houses over a headless body symbolizing the pogroms." (Apter-Gabriel, 62) Organized at the end of 1917, the Kultur Lige was at the heart of the Jewish cultural renaissance in Kiev, providing education and culture to the Jewish population. It had its own press, which published teaching material, literary and historical studies, literary journals, and children's books such as Troyer. The artists involved included Lissitzky, Ryback, Chagall, and Tchaikov, to name only a few. There is some wear, fading, and restoration to the spine and edges of the original green wrappers. Internally the condition is very good. This is an unopened and untrimmed copy.

Rowell/Wye 373, pp. 142,143; Apter-Gabriel pp. 62, 215, 258