New York: New Masses, Inc., 1926. Folio-size wrappers (10 ½” x 13 ½”) featuring cover art by Frank Walts, 30 pp, illus. Spine chipping and worn, although wrappers still secure; appears to have been previously bound with other issues (?); closed tear to front wrapper, which has been slightly trimmed along the top and fore edges, although not any of the internal pages; lacking pgs. 31 & 32 (advert pages). For all its defects, a serviceable copy of a scarce issue.
An early issue of what would become the most important cultural Marxist magazine of the interwar period. A continuation of “The Masses” and “The Liberator,” it featured many of the same editors, artists and writers from those publications. Notable contributors for this issue include Max Eastman, Whittaker Chambers ("In Spring"), William Gropper, Art Young, Otto Soglow, Maurice Becker, John Dos Passos (book review), Hugo Gellert, Xavier Guerrero, Kenneth Fearing (five poems), Robert Dunn ("The Brass Knuckles Santa Claus"), Samuel Ornitz ("Do the Churches Corrupt Youth"), Alexander Pushkin ("Message to Siberia"), Ivan Beade ("Bertie: A Story"), and others. Features a stunning centerfold map by William Gropper. Issues from the first couple of years are exceedingly scarce. GOLDWATER, 181. Item #06574