KIPNIS, ITSIK. 1896-1974.
1. Mesjatsy i dui (khronika). [Months and Days: The Chronicle]. Kiev: Kulturlige, 1926. 4to (220 x 150 mm). 149 [iii] pp. New binding and boards. Foxing and staining through wrappings, rebound cover and binding with cardboard, separated throughout.
AUTHOR'S COPY, with ownership inscription in Yiddish.
2. Arbet un Frejd] [Works and Joy]. Kiev: Kultur-Lige, 1925. 4to (247 x 177 mm). 228 [iii] pp. Pages torn, foxed throughout, both front and back covers torn and separated.
PRESENTATION COPY, INSCRIBED by the author to his nephew in Yiddish, May 18, 1946.
Both titles feature some of Kipnis' earliest work celebrating the shtetl as well as the modern urban existence. Incorporating an optimistic tone and minimalist poetic language, Kipnis explores the forging of new Jewish character after World War I.