first published in Paris
Books, Articles, and other items related to Jack Kahane and the Obelisk Press
(1929 – 1939)
New from the
The handsack press presents the Obelisk Press Facsimile Series. The series includes facsimile copies of the most rare Obelisk Press titles and other related books. The facsimiles are produced by painstakingly photographing each page and wrapper of the original books.
Books 1 and 2 of the series are available now.
Obelisk Press Facsimile Series Book 1
FOR THE DURATION OR…?
Vivian F Delbos
FOR THE DURATION OR…? was published by the Obelisk Press in August, 1933. It is the most rare of all Obelisk titles. The only known copy is in the collection of the Bibliothèque Nationale de France in Paris. This facsimile is taken from that copy. The BNF copy has been rebound with the original stiff paper wrappers bound in and therefore the original spine graphics are not visible. Thus the spine graphics on this facsimile are patterned from other Obelisk Press issued titles of the same period.
Based on Delbos' own wartime experiences, FOR THE DURATION OR…? is a semi-autobiographical first-person memoir of World War I as seen through the eyes of a fictional Captain de Breuil. Although very well written, it is not known why Jack Kahane chose to publish what would seem to be such an un-sellable book. Friendship and a sympathy for the subject matter are the likely reasons, as both Delbos and Kahane joined the Royal Fusiliers in August 1914, both spoke French, both became Captains and it's likely that they had similar postings and indeed knew each other. The title of the book is taken from the undertaking given by volunteers who signed up to fight in 1914 that they would fight 'for three years or the duration of the war'.
Obelisk Press Facsimile Series Book 2
ULTIMA AND AFTER: A HUNDRED YEARS OF PRINTING AND PUBLISHING
George Frederic Lees
Although Ultima and After is not a book that was published by the Obelisk Press it is none-the-less an important book to collectors of the Obelisk Press books. It was published in 1939 by Marcel Servant at his Imprimerie Lecram-Servant (Vendome Press) as part of the celebration and exhibition commemorating the centennial (1839 – 1939) of his printing works located at 338 rue St. Honore in Paris. The book traces the history of the printing works from its founder Damase Jouaust Sr. to the then present owner and master printer Marcel Servant. The book also served as the catalog for the exhibition. Among the publishers who owned and/or used the printing works throughout the years were Damase Jouaust (father and son), Herbert Clarke, Sylvia Beach (Shakespeare & Company), Jack Kahane (Obelisk Press), and Marcel Servant (Vendome Press). Only five hundred copies of the book were printed and original copies are extremely rare and have a value of three to five thousand dollars. This facsimile was created by painstakingly photographing each page of the original 1939 publication. The target copy was rebound with the original stiff paper wrappers bound in and therefore the original spine graphics are not visible. Thus there are no spine graphics on this facsimile.
Obelisk Press Facsimile Series Book 3
Written by Robert Davis, HUMAN INSIGHTS was published by the Obelisk Press in December, 1932. It is one of the most rare Obelisk titles. There are only three listings in the OCLC. HUMAN INSIGHTS is a collection of autobiographical essays and short stories. With mediocre writing and seemingly without any broad literary appeal it is not known why Jack Kahane chose to publish such an un-sellable book.
This facsimile was created by painstakingly photographing the wrapper and each page of the original 1932 publication.
Other books for sale:
THE SPANISH EARTH
The Spanish Earth was published in a limited edition of 1000 copies by the J. B. Savage Company of Cleveland in 1938. In 1938 a Cleveland high-school student, Jasper Wood, persuaded Ernest Hemingway to allow publication of the transcript of Hemingway’s original narration for the film The Spanish Earth. Wood took charge of the project and chose to have the book bound with endpapers and pastedowns decorated with the banner of the Spanish Anarchist Federation ("F.A.I" [Federación Anarquista Iberica] - an organization to which Hemingway was fundamentally opposed). After receiving a furious telegram from Hemingway, Wood destroyed most of the edition and reissued it with plain endpapers and pastedowns. He also added a disclaimer statement on the rear pastedown.
This paperback facsimile was created by photographing both the original “bannered” edition and the “disclaimer” edition. It includes the Spanish Anarchist Federation banner and the disclaimer. This is one of only 200 copies published.
MEMOIRS OF A BOOKLEGGER:
with a Foreword by Juliette Kahane
A MUST HAVE FOR EVERY OBELISK PRESS COLLECTOR
OF OBELISKS AND DAFFODILS – THE COMPLETE PUBLISHING HISTORY OF THE OBELISK PRESS (1929-1939)
by Gary Miers and James Armstrong
CONTAINS: THE PUBLISHING HISTORY (WITH COLOR PHOTOGRAPHS) OF EACH Obelisk Press / Jack Kahane ISSUE
THE BIOGRAPHY OF JACK KAHANE
A STUDY OF KAHANE’S FIRST NOVEL DAFFODIL
ARTICLES AND OTHER INFORMATION RELATED TO THE OBELISK PRESS
LOOKING FOR JACK KAHANE : THE REPUBLISHING OF JACK KAHANE’S MEMOIRS OF A BOOKLEGGER
Ó 2004/2011 by Gary Miers
LOOKING FOR SISSY NELA
Ó 2007 by Gary Miers
“To dear Sissy Nela with love from her brother
Jack Kahane 29 – 1 – 25”
JACK KAHANE / CECIL BARR
Ó 2003/2007 by Gary Miers
featuring collectibles and information related
to books and musical instruments that were
first introduced outside of the United States.
first published in Madrid
LOS TOROS / BULLFIGHTING
INDICE DE ARTES Y LETRAS
first made in Japan
EMPERADOR GUITARS MADE IN JAPAN 1966-1969
FOR GUITAR ENTHUSIASTS
Norah C. James, Sleeveless Errand: A Novel, Joseph Hémard, Joseph Hémard: A Short Autobiography, James Joyce, Haveth Childers Everywhere: Fragment from Work in Progress, [Anne de Bellinzani Ferrand], Cleante and Belise: Their Loves and their Letters, Marcel Valotaire, Laboureur: A Critical Study, Richard Aldington, Death of a Hero: A Novel, Marjorie Firminger, Jam To-Day: A Novel, Cecil Barr [pseudonym of Jack Kahane], Daffodil; or, Accidents Will Happen, Cecil Barr [pseudonym of Jack Kahane], Suzy Falls Off, G. Sheila Donisthorpe, Loveliest of Friends!, Henry Bridges, Gold and Silver: A Novel, Raymonde Machard, Possession, Laurence Dakin, Poems, Philippe Hériat [pseudonym of Raymond Gérard Payelle], The Lamb, Peter Neagoe, Storm, James Joyce, Pomes Penyeach, John Gay, The Beggar’s Opera, Cecil Barr [pseudonym for Jack Kahane], Amour: French for Love, Robert Davis, Human Insights, Albert H. Whitin, The Queen’s Reverie, Harold Buckley, Squadron 95, N. Reynolds Packard, Mad About Women, Radclyffe Hall, The Well of Loneliness, John Milton, Lycidas: A Lament for a Friend Drowned in his Passage from Chester on the Irish Seas, Charles [Henri] Ford and Parker Tyler, The Young and Evil, Vivian F. Delbos, For the Duration or …?, Laurence Dakin, The Dream of Abaris and Other Poems, Frank Harris, My Life and Loves, Peter Neagoe, Easter Sun, Nadejda de Bragança, Poems for Music, Cecil Barr [pseudonym of Jack Kahane], Bright Pink Youth, Henry Miller, Tropic of Cancer, Marika Norden [pseudonym of Mirjam Vogt], The Gentle Men, Laurence Dakin, Sonnets and Lyrics, Gawen Brownrigg, Star Against Star, Robin Anderson, Four Schools, James Hanley, Boy, Henry Miller, Aller Retour New York, Wallace Smith, Bessie Cotter, [Richard] Thoma, Tragedy in Blue, Cyril Connolly, The Rock Pool, Henry Miller, Black Spring, D. H. Lawrence, Lady Chatterley’s Lover, Guillaume de Deguilleville, A Chaucer A.B.C.: Being a Hymn to the Holy Virgin in an English Version, Helba Baker Russell, Sonnets and Other Verse, Eric Ward, Uncharted Seas, Cecil Barr [pseudonym of Jack Kahane], Lady, Take Heed!, Henry Miller, Scenario: A Film with Sound, Olga Martin, Through the Ark, Princess Paul [I.e. Marie] Troubetzkoy, Half O’Clock Mayfair, Sheila Cousins, To Beg I Am Ashamed, Seigneur de Brantôme, Lives of Fair and Gallant Ladies, Charles Beadle, Dark Refuge, Arion [pseudonym], Starborn, Lawrence Durrell, The Black Book: An Agon, Henry Miller, Max and the White Phagocytes, Theodor Zay, Love Counts Ten, Lawrence [i.e., Laurence] Dakin, Prometheus the Fire Giver: A Lyrical Drama in Three Acts, Henry Miller, Tropic of Capricorn, Ovide [i.e. Ovid], La Fable de Phaëton, Anaïs Nin, The Winter of Artifice, Eric Benfield, The Dead Bury the Dead, Norman Douglas, Some Limericks, the Spanish earth, ernest hemingway