Bernhard Zack, Treptow, 1912. 327pp. 3rd. ed.
The first modern sports novel written by the Scottish anarchist and longtime gay activist. The novel [The Swimmer] has only recently been translated into English and remains an important record of early swimmer and diving competitions in Berlin, about which the author was quite keen. Some critics have described the novel as a significant document about anarchism in its portrayal of the struggles between the individual and the constraints imposed by society (in this case the sports club).
Subsequent to the publication of this book in 1901 (and after the death of his mother), he turned much of his energy to the publication of gay poems and stories (writing under the pseudonym "Sagitta" as well as writings on anarchism. His "Sagitta" books were declared obscene in 1909, and this new revised edition of Der Schwimmer is quite uncommon. See Kennedy, Reading John Henry Mackay.
This edition is imited edition to 50 signed and numbered copies (this being "23'), original plain paper wrappers chipped at edges and worn and cracked at spine.