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World War Two

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Metro Mozaiek [Mozaik]
1 Metro Mozaiek [Mozaik]
Amsterdam Uitgeverij D.A.V.I.D Paper pastedown on boards Near Fine Near Fine Jacket 
Scarce compilation of grisly wartime cartoons and caricatures printed in the Netherlands. 8vo. 24 by 18.5 cm. 48 pp. Cartoons are black and white, with many also featuring red. The message of the cartoons is generally easy to discern, even if one can not read the captions, and while they were created by a variety of artists, many have a surreal quality, very appropriate for the material, that brings to mind artists such as Max Ernst, and beyond that, the "degenerate" art so deplored by the Nazis. Pages toned but clean. Light soiling to the paper pastedown. Minor edge chips to DJ. 
Price: 800.00 USD
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2 Clia, illustrator Kriebeltje en de Stink Stank-mannetjes.
1945 First edition Wraps Good 
Extremely scarce explicitly Anti-Nazi Dutch children's story with gnomes, mice, spiders, fairies, etc. -- tale of purging their world of Nazis. OCLC shows only three libraries, all Dutch, as having this work. Oblong, 19 by 28 cm. 8 pp., plus wraps. Of the pages counted, two are color plates, plus the color illustration on the front cover. All other pages have black and white drawings (or on last page, ornament) beside the text. Dampstain on front cover corner. Rear cover has smallish abrasion, not greatly affecting color vignette. Some other soiling. 
Price: 1200.00 USD
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A.B.C. for Soldiers on Leave, Lowland, Max (poet) and Jos Ruting (artist)
3 Lowland, Max (poet) and Jos Ruting (artist) A.B.C. for Soldiers on Leave
Amsterdam Joh. M. Allis Wraps Very Good 
Acerbic humor in an adult ABC. Scarce, with a single copy found on OCLC, at the Koninklijke Bibliotheek. Oblong, 12.5 by 16.5 cm. Unpaginated. 28 pp., plus wraps. Semi-colored, with olive and red used in some of the illustrations. While a Dutch publication, the ABC is in English. Light age toning. 
Price: 1000.00 USD
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Thurnau 13.Lehrgang/4.-11.April 37, Vierster, Werner
4 Vierster, Werner Thurnau 13.Lehrgang/4.-11.April 37
1937 Custom-made half leather folder Fine 
A most unusual, bizarre, comical home-made book of a Nazi training camp for the SA! 20 pp., plus wraps. 29 by 25 cm. If one could overlook the sinister associations, much of the satire could apply to any military boot camp, but of course one can not escape the invidious context. In a way, this might be viewed as a pity, because the illustrations and accompanying light verse are superb, and this can be seen as plausibly publishable, but for the irredeemably unsavory context. Yet it is on the other hand a most interesting primary source document on the life of an ordinary member of the SA and by extension, other Nazi units. So we find mocked the task master commander, the morning wake-up and ablutions, the constant drilling, exercise and sporting regimen. Quite graphically depicted is the group shower, among other things. Interestingly, women were a part of the camp experience -- they lived separately, but there was mingling. Much of the training would appear to have been indistinguishable from standard military training. Was this in keeping with the paramilitary nature of the SA, or was it somehow related also to the German not so furtive strategems to evade the restrictions placed on its military activities by the Treaty of Versailles? In any case, there is strangely no allusion to Jews in the entire work. The most disturbing aspect of the work may be that, notwithstanding the gently cynical tone, the author would appear to have emerged from the program an enthusiastic member of the SA! Now housed in a handsome half-black morocco over green cloth folder. 
Price: 2950.00 USD
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5 Woile, Hans-Peter Karikaturen
Reutlingen Verlag die Zukunft 947 First Edition Wraps Near FIne 
An uncommonly well-preserved copy of an anthology of anti-Nazi cartoons published shortly after the war. 4to. 29 by 20 cm. Unpaginated. Short closed tears along joints of wraps. That and age toning aside, clean and tight. 
Price: 175.00 USD
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World War Two Prisoner-of-War Manuscript with Original Poetry and Humorous Drawings A compilation of poems written for several prison camp newspapers, Worth, Private M. H.
6 Worth, Private M. H. World War Two Prisoner-of-War Manuscript with Original Poetry and Humorous Drawings A compilation of poems written for several prison camp newspapers
Camp 53, Sforz Costa (Marche, Italy) June 5, 1942- Tin Good 
Manuscript created by an English prisoner-of-war in an Italian POW camp. 28 by 22 cm, spine along top edge. 184 pp., dense with original poems and cartoon drawings (and some miscellany). The poems were written for the camp newspapers, with each compound within the camp apparently having its own newspaper, and possibly more than one. "Griff" was the newspaper for compound 2, "Brew" and "Star", compound 1, Wire", compound 3. Virtually all the poems rely heavily on rhyming -- not a few might pass as song lyrics. As one might expect, the poems concern camp life, sports, the gauzy recollection of the simple pleasures of life left behind, including the missed girl friend but also the little things in life. Patriotic sentiments are frequently expressed. Humor and light-heartedness suffuse the writing, undoubtedly the best attitude towards tolerating the discomforts and sacrifices of prison camp life, plus there was a general relief at just being alive and spared the grim reaper. Many of the poems are credited with initials and sometimes names. While there were no poets laureates to be among them, the poems are overall competently composed and many quite enjoyable light verse. The manuscript is richly illustrated, with some decorative element or vignette illustration on most pages, and many illustrations that are full page or dominate their pages. The illustrations are almost entirely in color, and many are signed "Len". All the poems appear to be written into the album, generally block capital letters, by a single hand, which we presume to be tht of Private Worth. Whoever it was wrote neatly -- everything is easily legible, and often tried to bring some panache to his writing with coloring and enlarging the first letter of a line. He also was, we might say, a creative speller. In the back of the album there is an one page glossary of Italian words translated into English, and another page listing heavy weight boxing champions and a short piece on statistics relating to gold. The metal binding is made from Red Cross tins. The title, "Griff", is written in white paint. There are a few simple decorative touches applied by the same paint. 
Price: 10000.00 USD
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