Brussels: Editions L’Equerre, 1928. First edition. Large 4to, 44 pp.; 8 pls. from woodcuts illustrate a play in seven acts by Max Deauville, a French language author and member of the Belgian literary avant-garde, in response to the failed independence of Catalonia in 1926 and the exile of many Spaniards, including the graphic artist and anarcho-communist Helios Gómez, to Brussels, color illus. wrpps. soiled, pages toned. Edition of 200. Signed by author in ink on title.
Gómez was already well known in Spain for his revolutionary graphics and writings when he was expelled as part of the purge following Catalonia’s failed bid for independence in 1926. He returned to Spain in 1930 and was arrested numerous times before his involvement in Republican politics as an artist (he designed the masthead for El Frente) and a politician (he became Political Commissar of the UGT [General Workers Union). Following many more arrests, exiles, and incarcerations during the Guerra Civil and WWII, he was imprisoned in Barcelona for sedition in 1948. He was held until 1954 and died two years after his release.
Uncommon. OCLC finds 4 institutional copies worldwide, 2 in North America (NYU and Dartmouth).