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    The Artist's Copy of The Soul and Body of John Brown, Signed by Him and the Author with Four Original Sketches, Printed Especially for the Co-Publisher

    [Rudolph Von Ripper, illustrator]. Muriel Rukeyser. The soul and body of John Brown. New York: [Lee A. Ault and R. C. Von Ripper], 1940. First edition, one of seven copies marked "artist's copy" out of a total edition of sixty-two copies, signed by Rukeyser and Von Ripper, with an additional inscription by Von Ripper: "This copy was printed especially for Lee A. Ault with red initial letters and contains also 5 original sketches for the plates. R. Von Ripper". Large folio. Approximately 20 x 14 inches. [4, blank], [50], [2, blank] French-style pages. Illustrated with forty etchings. Publisher's Original plain gray wrappers, with printed paper label on front. The four (out of an apparent five) original sketches present are mounted and housed in a separate folding paper portfolio case. Both are housed in publisher's cloth chemise (printed paper label on front board) and original cardboard slipcase. Wrapper sunned and rubbed with some edgewear, a few gutters cracking, chemise worn at spine, slipcase worn and soiled, lacking the spine panel, with a tag stating "Lee Ault" affixed to one panel with masking tape. Still, a very good copy of this beautiful and haunting work. Very rare; no copy has ever appeared at auction before.

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    Rudolf Carl von Ripper (1905-1960) was an Austrian artist, who fled the rise of Adolph Hitler in the early thirties. However, he returned to Europe in 1933, and was arrested and sent to the concentration camp in Oranienburg (the Austrian embassy intervened on his behalf and he was freed and expelled from Germany in 1934). After fighting in the Spanish Civil War, he emigrated to the United States in 1938, where he worked for the OSS (precursor to the CIA). After the war, he returned to Austria and taught at the Vienna Academy of Art. His works have been exhibited in the Guggenheim Museum in New York and the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

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    April, 2013
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