8°, 640 pp., , original linocut interleaved between pp. 6-7, original yellow wrappers with black and white title on the cover and on the spine (Very Good, old owner’s signature on endpapers, wrappers with small tears in margins and hinges, some pages with old pencil annotations in margins).
This is a first edition of an Esperanto Anthology, starting with Ludwik Lejzer Zamenhof. The introduction was written by an Esperantist William Auld (1924 – 2006). An original linocut portrait of Zamenhof was made by a British-Swiss Italian author and Esperantist Reto Rossetti (1909-1994). The last part of the book includes biographies of the authors.
The first edition of Esperanta Antologio: Poemoj 1887-1957… came out in 1958. Edited by William Auld, it has, in its subsequent edition, remained a key work of reference for original poetry of the language.
- Geoffrey Sutton, Concise Encyclopedia of the Original Literature of Esperanto, 2008, p. 243.
The Esperanto publishing house Stafeto was run by Juan Régulo Pérez in La Laguna, Tenerife Island, between 1952 and 1975, when they publshed 93 books. This book was printed in 2500 examples.
References: Geoffrey Sutton, Concise Encyclopedia of the Original Literature of Esperanto, 2008, pp. 237, 243.