Das Jüdische Prag. Eine Sammelschrift.

Prague, Verlag der “Selbstwehr”, 1917 [i.e. 1916].

4to, pp. 56, with photographic frontispiece and many illustrations in the text; a few small wormholes; contemporary marbled paper boards, cloth spine, with the original illustrated wrapper mounted on front board; slightly rubbed and worn.


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First edition, rare: an anthology produced by the Prague German-language Zionist weekly newspaper Der Selbstwehr, including the first authorised appearance in print of Kafka’s Ein Traum, one of only two excerpts from Der Prozess which were published during Kafka’s lifetime. It is now thought that publication in Der Almanach der neuen Jugend auf das Jahr 1917 (Dietz 35) may have preceded the present volume by a few months, but that printing was not sanctioned by Kafka. Ein Traum was later included in the collection Ein Landarzt (1919); it was ultimately dropped from the final version of Der Prozess.

Other contributions here include works by Hermann Bahr, Oskar Baum, Max Brod, Martin Buber, Paul Kornfeld, Else Lasker-Schüler, Ernst Weiss, Felix Weltsch, Franz Werfel, and others. The volume also contains a 250-word sketch of Kafka by Otto Pick in a section headed Über Prager Künstler.

Dietz 34; Hemmerle, p. 26.

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