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The Romance of a People

from the jacket of the 1941 Hebrew Publishing Company first edition

The Romance of a People

Here, passing with excitement, romance and color through four milleniums of time is the most wonderful and amazing story the world knows -- the story of the Jew.

From yesterday to today, the great adventure of the wandering Jew never pauses, from the fighting Nomad tribes of thousands of years past, from the cities of Babylon and Persia, from the ghettos of the middle ages -- to the turbulent world of today. Saints, prophets, warriors, seers, kings, scholars -- they walk across the stage of history and the world giving to man their imperishable concept of the single merciful God.

Told as it is here, in simple, masterly prose, it makes a book that stands absolutely alone in its field. A child or adult will read it with equal understanding and interest. For a child new worlds will open; but anyone, young or old, will react to the compassion and understanding in this tale.

This book should be read by everyone -- of every faith. For so gently does it untangle the long maze of history that the men and women of long ago become as real and understandable as are people of today.

Truth
Beauty

I've encountered The Romance of a People in five different bindings. All show a copyright date of 1941 at the top of the tp verso (the back of the title page), with no additional printings indicated.


Price $2.50 on the front flap.
Maps on end-papers.
[6], vii-viii, [2], 3-238, [6], Contents: [ix], Glossary: 219-233, Index: 235-238.


A

B

C

D

E
Except for the tp verso, the contents are identical - including the printing: the bottoms of the pages of the larger editions have large margins; the same sheets were apparently cut down for the smaller books, resulting in narrow gutters (between the pages).

B
D
A,B, and C include acknowledgments on the back of the title page,but D and E, the smallest size, do not.
This book was designed
by Helen Hoke

Acknowledgment is made to Meyer W. Weisgol for permission to use the title "Romance of a People" which was produced by him as a pageant in 1933.
A
E

The jackets are nearly identical, and were cut down to fit the smaller books, resulting in some loss of the publisher's address lines.

One cover, D, was printed without the yellow, and
with brown instead of red ink

Book A, the only one with a cloth binding (the others are a kind of fabroid), is the largest, with heavier paper, gilt design, top edge stained, fore-edge untrimmed... It is the "deluxe" edition, and most likely can be regarded as the first edition.
  gilt
design
height thickness top edge
stained
fore-edge
trimmed
credits
A
yes24 cm
9.4"
30 mm
1.3"
yellownoyes
B
no24 cm
9.4"
28 mm
1.2"
noyesyes
C
yes21.8 cm
8.6"
27 mm
1.1"
nonoyes
D
yes21.5 cm
8.5"
23 mm
.9"
noyesno
E
yes21.5 cm
8.5"
23 mm
.9"
noyesno

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