New York: Published for the 'Union' under the Supervision of the student Council [CCNY], 1923. 16mo, 190pp, illustrated; gilt edges; black cloth stamped in gilt with the CCNY insignia. Slightly rubbed; gilt stamping dull, very good without wear or tears. Item #204841
Pocket-sized handbook for City College students produced under the then-sophomore student Abel Meeropol as editor-in-chief. A thorough guide to student life, with maps, diagrams, photographs, and cartoons, as well as some advertising for local businesses and an introductory statement from college president, the philosopher Sydney E. Mezes on the significance of public higher education in New York. Abel Meeropol would become a prominent figure in the labor and and civll rights movements of the subsequent decades. He is best remembered today for having written the stirring anti-lynching protest ballad "Strange Fruit" (under the pseudonym Lewis Allan) made famous by Billie Holiday with her 1939 recording. In the 1950s Meeropol adopted the children of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg after their execution. By some standards this little publication might be considered his first book.