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Satanu. Basen. (Satan. A Poem): Carducci, Giosue; Vachal,

Carducci, Giosue; Vachal, Josef

Published by Prague: The artist (Vrsovice: L.P.) (1926)

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Item Description: Prague: The artist (Vrsovice: L.P.), 1926. No Binding. Book Condition: Very Good. No Jacket. 1st Edition. Published in an edition of 17 copies, this is a highly dramatic work illustrating the eponymous poem by Carducci (1835-1907), noted poet, historian and politician. SATANU is a magnificent work in large format (59 x 34 cm) with 11 full-page hand-colored woodcuts and 3 smaller linocuts, also in color. Váchal made the paper by hand, created the 1000 printed characters of his own making, and printed it in his studio in the Prague district of Vrsovice. The book is signed in the colophon and numbered by three thumbprints and four fingerprints, making this the seventh copy. Vachal presents us with a series of visual meditations that are some of his strongest, including an abstraction with alchemical symbols and possibly one of the most remarkable busts of the Lord of Darkness in the frontispiece. The artist was a lover of fine literature and poetry, and Carducci provides ample catalytic power in his strong declaration of free thought and personal autonomy for the individual. This book was published in the period of what could be considered the zenith of Váchal’s output (1918-1933) and is one of his undisputed masterworks. This copy is unbound as issued. There is light offsetting as usual on the Title. This book was handmade by Váchal and, as was his general custom, issued in loose sheets to his buyers who would take it as is and have them bound if desired. Váchal did not normally bind his private printing, doing so in very few cases such as with the mammoth ŠUMAVA, and even then only three or four out of the full edition of eleven. Each of Váchal´s private works may be considered unique and differ from the works destined for larger publication which were normally bound and more consistent (“larger” publications usually ran between 75 and 150 copies). Often one finds slight variations between one and another copy, just as his work was subject to spontaneous elements ad libitum. It is unquestionably noted as a book production in the catalogue raisonné. References: JOSEF VÁCHAL, a catalogue raisonné. Prague: Argestea, 1994. Catalogue K20, page 457; illustrated pp. 331-333. Signed by Illustrator(s). Bookseller Inventory # 777

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Nur die Turmfalken brunzen ruhig auf der: Jindrich Heisler, Toyen

Jindrich Heisler, Toyen

Published by np (Prague): Surrealistische Edition (1939)

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Item Description: np (Prague): Surrealistische Edition, 1939. Soft cover. Book Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. Oblong quarto (23.6 x 29 cm, 9-1/4 x 11-3/8 inches), wrappers, unpaginated (ii, 38pp), loose as issued. Front & rear cover collages, typography & book design by Jindrích Štyrský, with five drawings by Toyen. Edition of 40. Published in the first year of the Nazi occupation, the title translates as “Only Kestrels Pee Quietly on the Ten Commandments.” It is the first of two cycles of work published clandestinely under the Germans. There is no colophon here; it was pulled to avoid tracing the authors and printer who would certainly face prosecution, whereas it can be found in the Czech language edition of 15 copies. Forty German language copies were issued in 1939 and fifteen in Czech in 1940 A few copies of the German edition have a hand-written note by Heisler; they are without numeration. The 1940 colophon in Czech lists the entire edition in both languages. Copies were circulated privately. By this time, all public activities of modernists and leftists of any kind were declared illegal and suppressed. Until the end of the war, the surrealist group of Štyrský, Toyen and Heisler together with Karel Teige would continue working to produce powerful works in painting, poetry and photography, but now as an underground movement and part of the Inner Resistance, both political and spiritual. This work should be seen as both a surrealist statement and also an attempt to combat the insanity and degradation of meaning that was being encountered daily in the lives of Czech citizens. In addition to the obvious spite to the Nazis, the Czech surrealist group had undergone a severe disruption in 1937-38 with the defection of the leading surrealist poet Viteslav Nezval to a hardline Stalinist camp, defending the show trials and massive purges, as well as giving voice to a virulent anti-Semitism. Nezval had tried to dissolve the group in the falling-out; Soviet policy and the postwar government under Gottwald would succeed in destroying Teige some 10 years hence through character assassination and the final orders for his arrest. Thus the concerns expressed here were not only directed toward the menace of the Germans alone, but also to the pervasive totalitarian barbarism that threatened to engulf the entire world at the moment, the psychic and moral depravity, with rampant darkness unbound. These were witnessed both collectively individually. As with other of Toyen's collaborations with Heisler, the poems are not meant to correspond to the art, but rather contribute to an overarching statement that does not easily lend itself to analysis. Štyrský would only live for another two years after this book. His collages here are late and outrageous. He would collaborate with Heisler in the next cycle together with Toyen, and also produce with Heisler the renowned Na jehlách techto dní (On the Needles of These Days) before his early death. As for Toyen, her work reaches the nadir of hopelessness in this cycle and the following one, Z kazemat spánku (From the Casements of Sleep) is perhaps even more starkly enigmatic, released in 1940. All these began with Les spectres du désert (Paris, 1939) and Strelnice (The Shooting-Gallery) (1939-40); the cycles reached completion in Schovej se válko! (Hide Yourself, War!). These latter were only published after the war, in 1946. Worldcat finds three library holdings in North America of the German language edition of the present work, none in the Czech. References: Lenka Bydžovská & Karel Srp: KNIHY S TOYEN. Soupis knižního díla Toyen zpracoval Petr Ladman. Prague: Akropolis, 2003, #352, illus. P. 59. Lenka Bydžovská & Karel Srp: KNIHY S TOYEN. Soupis knižního díla Toyen zpracoval Petr Ladman. Prague: Akropolis, 2003, #352, illus. P. 59. Whitney Chadwick: WOMEN ARTISTS OF THE SURREALIST MOVEMENT. New York: Little Brown, 1985. Bookseller Inventory # 4617

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ZIVOT. Výtvarný sborník. List pro výtvarnou práci: Karel Teige, Jaroslav

Karel Teige, Jaroslav Krejcar et al, editors

Published by Prague: F. Borovy, 1921-44; 1946-48 (1922)

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Item Description: Prague: F. Borovy, 1921-44; 1946-48, 1922. Soft cover. Book Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. Quarto, octavo, boards, cloth and wrappers. Zivot (Life) was an important art journal, various editors, running from 1921 to 1948 except for 1945. In 1922 under the editorship of architect Jaroslav Krejcar and Karel Teige, it became briefly a flagship of the avant-garde and arm of Devetsil, and that annual is much sought-after with important articles and graphics heralding the Devetsil movement. There it announced Czech art and design to be in synch with the leading experiments in international modernism. Some years were released as annuals alone, others came in segments of ten issues. The journal’s subtitle ranges from „Art Review“ to „Review of Art & Literature“ to „Papers on the Fine Arts and Artistic Culture“ with a few further variants. Aside from the 1922 edition, it was generally dedicated to all aspects of art history, with emphasis on more recent developments but as a continuum with past traditions. There are a host of original graphics by Czech artists throughout, including a signed woodcut by Josef Šíma and stamped litho by František Tichý, a number of linocuts by Josef Capek, original woodcuts by Sedlácek and others. While the greatest emphasis was on painting, graphics and sculpture of all periods in art history, there are also interesting treatments of current architectural and stage design. There are also important poems, treatises and critical reviews by the Czech illuminati of the day. Complete, except lacking four issues of year XXI. Very uncommon, with library holdings only scattered issues and years and no complete sets outside of the Czech Republic. Bookseller Inventory # 6602

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Grafika: Bartuska, Josef; Nouza,

Bartuska, Josef; Nouza, Oldrich

Published by Ceske Budejovice: St. Kocmoud (1934)

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Item Description: Ceske Budejovice: St. Kocmoud, 1934. Soft cover. Book Condition: Very Good. No Jacket. 1st Edition. Quarto (31 x 22.5 cm), wrappers, (viii) 20 linocuts, in an edition of 100 copies, signed by the artists. Josef Bartuska (1898-1963) and Oldrich Nouza (1903-1974) were two multi-talented members of the Linie Group which they co-founded in Ceske Budejovice in 1931. The group operated as a cooperative of twelve members who contributed to a plethora of arts and educational projects there, and flourished through 1939. Bartuska was a poet, journalist, critic, editor, author of poetic opera librettos and film scripts, photographer, painter, graphic artist, theorist, stage designer, musician, amateur film-maker and teacher. A number of his books have hand-painted graphics; his graphic designs of the 1930s anticipated the flavor graphic design in postwar Europe and the USA. Nouza was a poet, painter, photographer, teacher and journalist. Together with Bartuska he wrote the manifesto published in 1931 titled Poesie imaginerniho prostoru (The Poetry of Imaginary Space). He also publshed with Bartuska a series of artist books title Infinitivy (Intfinitives) Kornot (Cone) and in 1934 the twenty linocuts of the present book. Like Bartuska, his most innovative and productive period ranged from the 1920s through the 30s, where he excelled in new photography and painting. All publications of the Linea Group are very scarce, published in limited quantity and moreover became the focus of suppression under the Nazis; many publications were destroyed. This issue is a major highlight of the publishing ventures there Uncommon, with only two libraries holding copies in North America. Cover of this copy has chipped edges, very good interior. Rare. References: Andel: The avant-garde across media: Josef Bartuska and the Linea Group 1931-1939. Prague: Obecny Dum, 2004, passim. Birgus: The Czech Photographic Avant-garde 1918-1948. Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # 251

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Novy Pekelny Zaltar, aneb Diwowe D'abelstvi, to: Vachal, Josef

Vachal, Josef

Published by Prague: Politika (1913)

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Item Description: Prague: Politika, 1913. Soft cover. Book Condition: Very Good. No Jacket. 1st Edition. Quarto, original wrappers in a tooled leather cover, 68pp.; edition of 100. Cotaining 20 original woodcuts, 14 initials, 12 tailpieces and one vignette; set in Fraktur-type designed by Vachal. "The New Psaltery of Hell" is a collection of wide-ranging observations by Vachal on various subjects that were considered taboo: astrology, spiritualism, devil-worship, discarded paths of spirituality and a cold look at the order of the day. Vachal's images are startling, expressionist symbolism. This copy has been bound in trimmed and bound in leather. Bookseller Inventory # 888

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Vitezslav Nezval, ed.

Published by Prague: Ustrední studentské knihkupectví a nakladatelství (1930)

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Item Description: Prague: Ustrední studentské knihkupectví a nakladatelství, 1930. Soft cover. Book Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. Quarto 29.8x21.3 cm, wrappers, 96pp. Two numbers (all published). Important periodical issued by the Devetsil members, now leading towards surrealism which would be formally established in Prague in 1934. Contributors include Czechs Nezval, Teige, Toyen, Vancura, Brouk, Závada and Biebl, and active surrealists from France and Spain ---Breton, Eluard, Tzara, Lorca; artwork by Ernst, Hoffmeister, de Chirico, Germaine Krull, Štyrský, Cocteau, Desnos, inter alia. This publication marked a turning point for the avant-garde in Czechoslovakia. Five copies found in North American libraries. This set very good; small 2x5 cm cutouts on lower cover corners. Bookseller Inventory # 3016

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Geomeetriline inimene. V kogu värsse: Johannes Barbarus (Jaan

Johannes Barbarus (Jaan Vahtra, illus)

Published by Tallinn: Pro Peller (1924)

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Item Description: Tallinn: Pro Peller, 1924. Soft cover. Book Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. Quarto, wrappers, 112pp. Cover, 15 half-page and one full-page abstractions by Jaan Vahtra. Possibly the most ambitious publication of the Estonian avant-garde and certainly one the most inventive in terms of page design and graphics published in Tallinn of the 1920s, with very fine abstractions by Vahtra throughout. Johannes Barbarus (pen name of Johannes Vares,1890-1946) was one of the foremost poets of the era, who was a doctor by profession and a radical politician. He was appointed Prime Minister by Zhdanov under the first Soviet invasion in 1940, fled to the USSR when the Germans occupied Estonia and returned in 1945, only to come under suspicion by the NKVD for earlier activity in the Estonian War of Independence. He committed suicide in 1946. Barbarus is an anti-lyricist here, shaking Estonia out of its enclosed sleepy culture into the international arena. Jaan Vahtra (1882-1947) was one of the most original talents of Estonian modern art and a leading member of the GEA movement at the time. This is some of his finest graphic work. A rare and critical document, hailed as one of the most important constructivist manifestos to arise in Estonia, “Estonia’s first pure collection of metropolitan poetry” (Hennoste). No library holdings in North America and only one copy found outside of Estonia. Refs: Fabre: Electromagnetic: Modern Art in Northern Europe 1918-1931 (Hatje Cantz, 2012), p. 185, illus. p. 186. 3500. Bookseller Inventory # 3102

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Lajos Kassák

Published by Vienna: Horizont (1926)

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Item Description: Vienna: Horizont, 1926. Soft cover. Book Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. Quarto 24x16.5cm, wrappers, 115 pp. plus 9 plates. Kassák published this book (Book of Purity) as his final statement in exile from Vienna. His journal Ma had been closed for financial reasons, and he was longing to return to Budapest. This book is a summing up of his previous seven years including his Activizmus, the Bildarchitektur-Képarchitektura in visual statements and book design, poetry, fiction and manifestos. It includes a fine cover design of his own and experimental typography, the constructivist book design he he had initiated in Vienna with the Ma journal which would excel in over the coming decade and some adverts as well as abstract work. It is acknowledged to be one of his most important books during the avant-garde era. Worldcat notes only two copies of this first edition in North America. A very fresh copy. Bookseller Inventory # 2757

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MSA 1-3. Mezinárodní soudoba architektura - Internationale: Karel Teige, ed.,

Karel Teige, ed., Josef Havlícek, Karel Honzík

Published by Prague: Odeon (1929)

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Item Description: Prague: Odeon, 1929. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. Numbers 1-3 (all published) were published in 1929-1931. Each is quarto 23.7 x 18.5 cm, No. 1 in 1/2-cloth without original wrapper, 176pp., No.2 in wrappers, 296pp., No. 3 in wrappers, 148pp. Subtitled in four languages (Czech, French, German, Russian) with Czech text throughout. Vol. 1 of the series Mezinárodní soudoba archtitectura (International Contemporary Architecture) and drawing on designers and theorists on the European continent, is a wide survey and important document of the experiments and achievements of modern design of the day. The list of contributors include Bauhaus (Hannes Mayer, Gropius, Mies, Breuer, Hilbersheimer), Suprematists (El Lissitzky, , Constructivists, (Vesnin,Leonidov, Melnikov, Stam, Oud),Purists (le Corbusier, Malevich), Futurist-Rationalists (Sartoris) and lone individuals (many) who were key players in the development of international modernism. Vol. 2 emphasizes the contribution of Czech and Czech-born architects in the 20th century and their unique contribution to the development of modernist design. No. 3 is dedicated to the work of Josef Havlicek and Karel Honzik, a splendid monograph on the evolution and work two important functionalist architects This is an essential document of the era. Condition fine. Bookseller Inventory # 2756

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Hrad smrti: Jakub Deml (Josef

Jakub Deml (Josef Váchal, woodcuts)

Published by Prague: the artist (1912)

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Item Description: Prague: the artist, 1912. Soft cover. Book Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. Quarto 25x18 cm, wrappers, 51 pages. Cover design, decorations and 11 original color woodcuts by Josef Váchal (frontispiece, title, 9 plates with tissue guards, and original woodcut label on cover). Edition of 500 copies. Deml (1878-1961) was a renegade Catholic priest who hung on the edges of the church and is recognized as an important author in Czech modernism. From 1907 he contributed to Sursum with symbolist work and became a close friend of Váchal. Hrad smrti (The Castle of Death) is one the most important of their collaborations. Deml was always the political outsider, a cassandra in perpetual quarrel and trouble with the government and the Church. His work, laced with fantasy, foreshadowed Czech surrealism and is now recognized as an important predecessor. This is one of Váchal’s important early works; it was his biggest book commission to date. Three copies found in North American libraries of this title with the Váchal plates. This copy very fresh, near fine. Bookseller Inventory # 3414

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Ha mahar: dukhan le-milhemet ha idehot (Tomorrow: Avigdor Hameiri, ed.

Avigdor Hameiri, ed.

Published by Tel-Aviv: Lev-Hadash; New York: Yehudah (1928)

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Item Description: Tel-Aviv: Lev-Hadash; New York: Yehudah, 1928. Soft cover. Book Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. (Tomorrow: a stand in the war of ideas) Quarto 23.5x16 cm., wrappers, Issues 1, 3, 7–10. Six 32-page issues. Illustrated wrappers signed by Pesach Ir-Shai, with the motto “Hofesh ha-davor ainu rashot 'ala Huvah” (“searching for speech is not elective but mandatory”). The majority of the texts (both prose and poetry) appears to be by Hameiri. Avigador Hameiri was born in Hungary and served in the Austrian army during World War I. He was captured in 1916 by the Russians, but was released following the Revolution, and emigrated to Palestine in 1921, where he worked on the Ha-aretz newspaper. Pesach Irshai (born István Irsai in Budapest) studied architecture but became a painter and graphic designer. He designed a sans serif Hebrew typeface, which may be the one used in the “Apologies” section of each issue. This journal ceased publication in 1940. OCLC locates individual copies at OSU, Stanford, UT Austin, and Yale. Bookseller Inventory # 3405

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Rozpravy Aventina. List pro kulturu, umeni, kritika: Otakar Storch-Marien, ed.

Otakar Storch-Marien, ed.

Published by Prague: Aventinum (1925)

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Item Description: Prague: Aventinum, 1925. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. Folio 48 x 32 cm, 9 annuals in 7 vols. (all published), 130, 228, 250, 398, 504, 474, 324, 72, 134 pp. A weekly and sometimes biweekly magazine which showcased all the contemporary visual arts, film, music, and literature. with greatest emphasis on the Czechoslovak world but embracing the international scene in a spectacular newspaper format. It is most renowned with the covers of the fifth year by Adolf Hoffmeister, whose caricature portraits of avant-garde luminaries both Czech and abroad have reached greatest exposure and established as cultural icons of the day, but only in the post-communist era. It is now an historical fact that interwar Prague was the most open city of the era, possibly overtaking Paris and New York as a center of discourse and exchange of ideas artistic and political. This weekly magazine included reviews of important exhibitions, interviews with artists and authors, essays on all the artists and richly illustrated with drawings, graphics and photos: a document comprehensive in scope. The contributors over the course of Rozpravy's life read like the full gazetteer of important avant-garde figures in Western and Eastern Europe. Full sets of this journal are very rare, with most libraries holding only incomplete sets. The full set is massive, weighing in at 37 lbs before shipping. Annuals 1-6 in various bindings and overall very good, 7 through 9 are loose and darkened in the center page and good to very good. Bookseller Inventory # 4368

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Poemul invectiva, cu amprentele digitale ale autorului.: Geo Bogza

Geo Bogza

Published by Bucharest: Unu (1933)

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Item Description: Bucharest: Unu, 1933. Soft cover. Book Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. Quarto 24 x 16 cm, wrappers, 40pp. Edition of 250 numbered copies.A major publication of the surrealist group UNU. Frontispiece has photo of the author's fingerprints. UNU (actually, unu, no upper case) was one of the strongest manifestations of the surrealist movement beyond Paris; it produced a journal from 1928 to 1935 and published several books by the participants who included Geo Bogza, Ilarie Voronca, Sasa Pana, Stephan Roll, and the legendary Urmuz. Bogza (1908-1993)a poet, theorist and journalist, was a rebellious social critic, highly controversial for his work, jailed twice for pornography and his acclaimed revelatory articles in the press during the 1930s. He is considered one of the most important surrealists in Romania. He was jailed for the present work, Poemul invectiva (Contemptuous Poem). Includes a flyer which is a catalog of unu publications with a foreword by Sasa Pana and a drawing by Victor Brauner Rare, only one copy of this first edition found in North American libraries. Bookseller Inventory # 7100

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Karel Sourek, Giorgio di Chirico, Vincenc Kramar, Jan Mukarevsky, Karel Teige

Published by Prague: Umelecka beseda & Druzstveni prace (1941)

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Item Description: Prague: Umelecka beseda & Druzstveni prace, 1941. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. 4to, cloth, 312 pages, in an edition of 1000, with a signed lithograph by Zrzavy, numerous color tipped in reproductions and b/w photo reproductions, in dust jacket. A catalogue raisonné of the work of Zrzavy to date, this book also was a strong rallying-point of Czech national pride under the oppression of the German occupation and dismemberment of the country. Jan Zrzavy (1890-1977) was one of the strong personalities of the Czech modern art world. He lived through and participated in many of the Czech movements, beginning with Sursum in 1910 through Devetsil and thereafter stood out as an isolated individual pursuing his own path away from the avant-garde movements of constructivism and surrealism. He was tolerated under both the Nazis and communists, largely because they found his work politically inoffensive, but they failed to understand the strong undercurrent of his championing a spiritual and especially Czech spiritual mentality and he, like the illustrator Josef Lada, came to represent what many Czechs like to consider unique to themselves. At the point this book was published, Zrzavý had executed a portrait of Karel Hynek Mácha, the famous Bohemian poet of the 19th century who was seen to rescue the Czech language from near-extinction. This image became a clandestine point of power and furthered a will to survive under continued denigrating circumstances. The book had a similar value to the reading public. This is a rare book, in very good condition overall, with a clipped upper dust wrapper. 2500.00. Signed by Illustrator(s). Bookseller Inventory # 51

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Josef Sudek

Published by Prague: Josef Sudek (1953)

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Item Description: Prague: Josef Sudek, 1953. No Binding. Book Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. Original contact print, 3-1/2 x 11-1/2 inches, pencil signed lower right. An original photograph, one of Sudek's finer works that appear in the book Panoramic Prague (1959), no. 63. Please press "view larger image" for full viewing. Photo is archivally mounted. Provenance available on request. Signed by Illustrator(s). Bookseller Inventory # 757

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Josef Sudek

Published by Prague: Josef Sudek (1954)

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Item Description: Prague: Josef Sudek, 1954. No Binding. Book Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. Original contact print, 3-3/8 x 11-1/4 inches, pencil signed lower right and titled lower left. An original photograph, one of Sudek's wide-angle photos of locations in Prague which is not included in the book Panoramic Prague (1959. Please press "view larger image" for full viewing. Photo is archivally mounted. Provenance available on request. Signed by Illustrator(s). Bookseller Inventory # 758

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Item Description: Basel: Service de Pays, S.A., 1930. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. Quarto 26.5 x 20cm, dec. cloth, 74 (32)pp. An overview of a decade of architectural buildings and projects of Bohuslav Fuchs, with book design, typography, Foreword and editing by Zdenek Rossmann, this is a classic book production of Czech modernist architecture. Bohuslav Fuchs (1895-1972) was a major functionalist architect and renowned teacher in Brno. This book traces his development through 1929. His buildings are held as some of the foremost achievements of Czech modernism. He worked closely with Rossmann in the creation of this book, with numerous photographs, drawings and plans and superb page design. Even the appended adverts, prefaced by Fuch as collaborators in his projects, are noteworthy designs. Czech-French-German text. Rare and sought after, with only two North American library holdings. This copy warmly inscribed by Fuchs to a colleague. Inscribed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # 2781

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Talalkozás Hamupipökével: Béla Révész (Lajos

Béla Révész (Lajos Kozma illus)

Published by Budapest: Singer és Wolfner (1909)

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Item Description: Budapest: Singer és Wolfner, 1909. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. (Meeting Cinderella. New novelettes by Béla Révész with drawings by Lajos Kozma). Folio 31 x 22.5 cm, two vols.,decorated boards, 158, 72pp. Book cover, interior decorations and page design by Lajos Kozma. Hungary, as the theoretical half of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, began to participate vigorously in the Viennese secessionist movement by 1900 with distinctive achievements in the decorative arts, architecture and design. Produced in the peak of the era, this is a fine production with the particular flavor of the movement that sets Hungarian secessionism apart. Volume I provides the text with uncials by Kozma and the second volume consists of thirty full-page zincographs by him, plus an additional two as frontispieces for each volume. Kozma (1884-1948) first acquired fame for his visual gifts as a book artist before his renowned achievements as an advanced architect and designer of the 20s and 30s. These images, while clearly indebted to Klimt, are the work of an original talent. Béla Révész (1876-1944) was a journalist and author, close friend of and highly influenced by poet Endre Ady. Sharing Ady’s point of view, he broke with the traditional structure of the novel with Expressionist naturalism. The present work, „Meeting Cinderella,” an erotic fantasy in a series of novelettes, precedes his later focus of working-class proletarian struggle and a socialist vision. A sumptuous production, this copy is one of the 500 on decorated boards. This copy very good plus. Signed by Révész with a dedication. Worldcat finds four copies in North American libraries. Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # 3310

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Koruna obrázkový magazin: Antonín Král, ed.

Antonín Král, ed.

Published by Prague: Kral (1929)

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Item Description: Prague: Kral, 1929. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. Octavo, wrappers, each issue ca. 15pp. Two years 516, 142pp. in 27 issues (all published). Original wrappers bound in 1/2-cloth. Koruna was an illustrated magazine which appeared biweekly over two years from January 1929 to July 1930, with a strong focus on pictorial topics, movies, popular culture, some avant-garde theater. It was saturated with eroticism and romance. Many of the covers are striking photomontages from the hand of Vladimir Sychra (1903-1963), young and experimental then, revealing the influence Vojtech Tittelbach. Photomontages abound throughout the journal’s pages. Extremely rare, highly collectible; one complete set found in a Czech library only. Bookseller Inventory # 4849

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Jindrich Štyrský, Toyen (Styrsky)

Published by Kromeriz: Spolek Pokrok Studentstva Milic (1930)

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Item Description: Kromeriz: Spolek Pokrok Studentstva Milic, 1930. No Binding. Book Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. Lithograph on paper, 76 x 111 cm., announcing an exhibition of their work, sponsored by the Guild of Progressive Milic Students. The poster reads: "Exhibiting at City Hall from 21 to 29 June daily from 8-12 in the morning, 2-5 on Sunday afternoon terminus by 1 pm. Exhibition will be opened in the presence of both artists by M. Holas June 21 at 9 pm." Unattributed artist, constructivist design likely by Štyrský, but there is no documentation available. Much of Štyrský’s graphic design at this time went unsigned; however it is unlikely that the artists would have deferred this design to someone else. Refs: Lenka Bydzovská & Karel Srp: Jindrich Štyrský (Prague: Argo, 2007), p. 513, describes this event. Printed by E. Dobrovolny, Kromeriz. The poster is remarkably fresh and in near fine to fine condition, unmounted and folded with creases therefrom. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-17216944913

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Stanislav Odárko, ed

Published by Pardubice: Vokolok (1930)

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Item Description: Pardubice: Vokolok, 1930. Soft cover. Book Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. Quarto, wrappers, 96 (2), xii pp. Almanac for Poetry & Life I (all published), an ambitious attempt to present both the international and local avant-garde in word and image, in a stunning compilation of contemporary artists and writers. It was intended to appear in a series but only achieved this one release. Includes photos, drawings and graphics by Jaromir Funke, El Lissitzky, Styrsky, Toyen, Sima, Hoffmeister, Tittelbach, Voskovec, Zrzavy; poetry and prose by Halas, Konstantin Biebl, James Joyce, Miroslav Rutte, Karel Teige, Tristan Tzara, Karel Konrad, Walter Peterhans, to name a few of the forty contributors. A scarce, important document found in only two North American libraries. Bookseller Inventory # 3036

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Y.L. Perets, Mikael Milner; Issachar ber Ryback, Iosif Chaikov illus.

Published by Kiyev: Kultur-Lige (1919)

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Item Description: Kiyev: Kultur-Lige, 1919. Soft cover. Book Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. Folio, wrappers printed in green designed by Ryback with a device by Chaikov on the back. A music score is for a Yiddish song by Mikael Milner of the St. Petersburg Society for Jewish Folk-Music (Obshchestvo Evreiskoi Narodnoi Muzyki; Gezelshaft far Yidisher Folks-Muzik) with lyrics by Y.L. Peretz. The title of the song in Yiddish reads: Noten No. 2. M. Milner. Vokal-swite oyf process tsen kinder-lider. Tants, meydele, tants, far shtim mit piano. The Artists of the Kultur-Lige, p. 22. Bookseller Inventory # 3403

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Dilo Emila Filly (The Work of Emil: Matejcek, Antonin; Nezval,

Matejcek, Antonin; Nezval, Vitezslav; Kramar, Vincenc; Hora, Josef; Styrsky, Jindrich

Published by Brno: V. Jelinek & F. Venera (1936)

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Item Description: Brno: V. Jelinek & F. Venera, 1936. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. Quarto, cloth, 102,v pp., 103 numbered plates + 10 unnumbered full-page and 5-1/2 page illustrations, and an original, signed engraving. The edition consisted of 500 copies, with the first 100 including a signed drypoint; 400 included a signed engraving. The engraving that is found in this copy is "Zatisi s kitaro a podvosem ovoce" Catalgue 109, a variant state from the illustrated example in Filla's catalogue of printed work. A Festschrift and overview of Filla's work, with essays and poems by 19 authors, including Nezval, Styrsky and Vincenc Kramar, with several poems by the artist as well as Josef Hora. Emil Filla is one of the great painters of the 20th century. From his earliest work and as a main protagonist of Czech cubism, to Neoclassicism and violent surreal expressionism he excelled in every area of endeavor. This book is one of the productions celebrating his oeuvre. Condition very good+, dust wrapper with few minor edge tears. Ref: Cestmir Berka: Emil Filla Graficke dilo, p. 270, no. 109. Signed by Illustrator(s). Bookseller Inventory # 4200

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Archipenko: Karel Teige

Karel Teige

Published by Prague: Devetsil (1923)

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Item Description: Prague: Devetsil, 1923. Soft cover. Book Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. Small octavo 18 x 12.8 cm, wrappers, (3)14pp text, with a wrapper-bound portfolio of the same size holding 8 loose plates. Devetsil Publcation No. 2. Cover design by Teige. Teige's first published essay (his graphics had already appeared in print), a catalogue for the exhibition of Archipenko held under the Devetsil banner in April-May of 1923 at the Dom umelcu in Snemovna. Includes a list of 50 works in the show. It has not been published elsewhere. Rare, an important document. Located in 5 North American libraries. Bookseller Inventory # 3019

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Pál Justus

Published by Budapest: Merkur (Munka) (1931)

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Item Description: Budapest: Merkur (Munka), 1931. Soft cover. Book Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. Quarto 23.5x16 cm., wrappers, 48pp. Cover design by Kassák with photo by Éva Besnyö; Justus (1905-1965) was a poet, social science author and political ideologue. He worked closely with Lajos Kassák and the Munka group during the 1930s, and this work is an early Munka publication, bearing the same cover design standards of Munka. Justus was engaged in political life, later jailed by the Rákosi régime for life and released in 1956. The present work, a collection of poems calling for social vision and remaking of man, made a strong impact in the literary community. Photographer Éva Besnyö, student of József Pécsi, is well known for her work for children’s books later in exile. Rare, early Munka publication: no library copies held outside of Hungary. Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # 3308

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Torso Nadeje: Halas, Frantisek (Emil

Halas, Frantisek (Emil Filla etchings)

Published by Prague: Zodiak, (1946)

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Item Description: Prague: Zodiak, 1946. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. Quarto (32 x 24.5 cm, 12-5/8 x 9-5/8 inches), publisher's 1/2-calf over wrappers, 52pp., in a slipcase. Six full-page etchings and a tail-piece by Filla. Edition of 452. Signed and dedicated by Halas. This is an important postwar work by Filla, and also an important poetical shift for Halas. For Filla, it is one of the last opportunities he had to express the anguish of war and imprisonment he experienced in Buchenwald in book. He continues to pursue the stark expressionist-surrealist manner freely here, which will eclipse under the communists after 1948. Fine copy. Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # ABE-529068793

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Pisne o jedine veci.: Neumann, Stanislav K.

Neumann, Stanislav K. (Sima, Mrkvicka)

Published by Prague: Borovy (1927)

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Item Description: Prague: Borovy, 1927. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. No Jacket. 1st Edition. 8vo, hand-tooled leather cover design by Josef Sima and a second cover design on wrappers by Mrkvicka, 80pp., with five colored drawings by Sima; in the original slipcase. The total published edition was 600 with wrappers, this is one of 50 copies with leather cover by Sima. A very fine bibliophile production which saw the collaboration of two artists with the poet-philosopher S.K. Neumann. This is certainly one of the most important publishing achievements of the 1920s Czech avant-garde. Rare in any condition, this is a fine copy. Primus 202. Bookseller Inventory # 96

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Jaroslav Seifert, ed (Frantisek Muzika, design)

Published by Prague: Prace, 1946-48 (1946)

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Item Description: Prague: Prace, 1946-48, 1946. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. Quarto, ½-cloth, 568, 528, 408pp. The complete run of an important postwar journal edited by Jaroslav Seifert, who published this review of literature and art for the three years of relative freedom after WWII which presented new talents, championed a free discourse on art and literature, protested the increasing management of the communists, and hailed the avant-garde tradition of the First Republic which now came under official fire and soon extinguished free public discourse. In addition to premiering some of his own work under this banner, new work by Frantisek Halas, Vilem Zavada, E. Frinta, E. Hostovsky, and a host of new postwar writers. Numerous artists contributed graphics to this journal, including Muzika, Filla, Prochazka, Pelc, Divis, Spala, Kotik, Sivko, Tichy, Zrzavy. Worldcat finds only one complete set in North America. Bookseller Inventory # 5888

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Der Kunstnarr 1 April 1929 (all published): Kallai, Ernst

Kallai, Ernst

Published by Dessau: The author (1929)

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Item Description: Dessau: The author, 1929. Soft cover. Book Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. Octavo, wrappers, 40pp. With the note „Erscheint zunächst in zwangloser Folge,“ this journal only managed to produce one issue. Ernst ( Ernö) Kállai was a Hungarian emigré author, journalist and art critic closely aligned with members of the Hungarian avant-garde in diaspora after 1919, and as a critic played an important role in the evolution from Expressionism into Constructivism, articulating and promoting Bauhaus principles both in Germany and Hungary (where he finally returned with the rise of Nazism). He was published widely in both countries from 1920, eventually being silenced by the communist regime after 1948. Despite its humble size, the articles generated a good amount of response among the readership, notably “Kunst und die grosse Publikum.” Artwork by Bauhäusler (Bayer, Schawinsky) and allied artists illustrated. Worldcat finds this in 7 North American libraries. This very good. Bookseller Inventory # 3778

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Linards Laicens

Published by Riga: Vainags (1920)

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Item Description: Riga: Vainags, 1920. Soft cover. Book Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. Octavo, wrappers, 127pp., undated but 1920. Linards Laicens (1883-1938) was one of the leading intellectual forces of the Latvian avant-garde. A leftist, frankly often a propagandist, he was a poet, novelist and essayist who had a strong sense of visual design. He edited a number of major journals, left for the USSR in 1935 and was executed there in 1938. This work is the first collection of his poems in the new republic of Latvia. Laicens enlisted Niklavs Strunke for book design, cover and five linocuts, all in Strunke’s most visually experimental style incorporating futurist and cubist elements. Niklavs Strunke (1894-1966) was one of the leading artists of the Riga avant-garde artists group; a gifted graphic designer, he worked in both conventional and cutting-edge genres. Rare: only one copy found in North American libraries. Bookseller Inventory # 5500

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