New York: Privately published by Igal Roodenko, 1951. First Edition, First Printing. A beautiful letterpress production, designed, composed, and printed by American pacifist and civil-rights campaigner Igal Roodenko as a May Day greeting to his friends, "particularly the comrades he met at the World Pacifist Meeting in India, and subsequently in Israel, Europe, and across America." (From the colophon.) One of 400 copies.Roodenko (1917-1991) was heavily involved in pacifist activities throughout his life and was a member of the executive committee of the War Resisters League from 1947 to 1977. He was chairman of the group from 1968 to 1972. Throughout his life, he was arrested numerous times for his antiwar and civil-rights activities.In D.H. Lawrence's letter to Lady Ottoline Morrell during World War I, Lawrence writes: "After the War, the soul of the people will be so maimed and so injured that it is horrible to think of. And this shall be the new hope: that there shall be a life wherein the struggle shall not be for money or for power, but for individual freedom and common effort towards good."OCLC WorldCat shows only two institutional holdings, at Skidmore College and UCLA. No other copies in commerce as of May 1, 2018. SCARCE. Item #1439
Small 8vo ( 7 7/8 inches / 203 mm tall),  pages in stapled gray wrappers featuring a phoenix design in red, yellow, and black on the front wrapper. Light edge wear. A Near Fine copy.