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Betreffend: Hochverräterische Umtriebe von österr. echen im Auslande [Concerning: Treasonous activities by Austrian Czechs living abroad]. Also known as: Album velezrádc , 1914-1918 [Album of traitors]
Prague: Präsidium der k. k. Polizeidirektion Prag, [1916 or 1917]. Large quarto (33 × 24 cm). Attractively bound in recent gray boards; [1], 198 leaves of text to rectos only. Pink rubber stamp "Vertraulich" ("Confidential") to first leaf. Introductory text followed by German-language wanted briefs and photographs. Very good. This alphabetical directory, with brief biographies and portraits, documents nearly 1400 persons accused or suspected of engaging in treasonous activities abroad against the Austro-Hungarian government and, in particular, the war effort. The suspects include Czech citizens living abroad - in Austria, Germany, France, Russia, North America and elsewhere, but also some foreigners who expressed sympathy for the Czech cause. Among the best known figures are the future president of the first Czechoslovak Republic, T. G. Masaryk, the writer Jaroslav Hašek (then based in Kiev), and the brothers Vojta and Edvard Beneš. A one-line entry also mentions James Joyce, then still largely unknown in the region, who lived in Zurich during WWI. Joyce's correspondence was already being monitored by Tyrolean censors, until an exculpatory report was made by Austrian military attache William von Einem in 1916. It is not known, however, whether von Einem's report also voided the open arrest warrant for Joyce in the Austrian lands, based on this publication. Joyce, who had lived in Pula and Trieste previously, moved to Switzerland during WWI, where he worked on Ulysses. He left Zurich for Trieste in 1919, settling in France the following year. Interestingly, … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Bernett Penka Rare Books [United States]
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