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Satanu. Basen. (Satan. A Poem)

Carducci, Giosue; Vachal, Josef
(Newton, MA, U.S.A.)
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Book 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 zehn Gebote.

Jindrich Heisler, Toyen
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Book 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, “Only Kestrels Pee Quietly on the Ten Commandments” is the first of two cycles of work published clandestinely under the Germans. There is no colophon and it is likely that it wasn't included in the German edition. It is now known that forty German language copies were issued in 1939 and fifteen in Czech in 1940 (other German language copies seen also are lacking the colophon; some were hand-written by Heisler and without numeration). The 1940 colophon in Czech lists the entire edition in both languages. Copies were circulated privately. At this time, all public activities of modernists and liberals were declared illegal and suppressed. Until the end of the war, the surrealist group of Štyrský, Toyen and Heisler, 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. 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 addition to the pointed spite to the Nazis, the 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; the Stalinist camp and postwar government would succeed in destroying Teige some 10 years hence through character assassination and the final orders for his arrest. 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 apparently victorious. 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) in 1940. All these began with Les spectres du désert (Paris, 1939) and Strelnice (The Shooting-Gallery) (1939-40) and 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, 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. Whitney Chadwick: WOMEN ARTISTS OF THE SURREALIST MOVEMENT. New York: Little Brown, 1985. Bookseller Inventory # 4617

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Turpituda. Ctrezi Krsto Hegedusic.

Marko Ristic, with Krsto Hegedusic
(Newton, MA, U.S.A.)
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Book Description: Zagreb: Dragutin Becher, 1938. Soft cover. Book Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. Quarto 26.5 x 19.5 cm wrappers, 42pp. with seven drawings by Hegedusic. A paranoiac-didactic rhapsody, one of Ristic’s most inflammatory works, buttressed with strong surrealist-expressionist images, this is a work shrouded in legend and veneration and some mystification. Word reached the authorities in advance that the author was publishing a book of sex and violence, and a royal edict empowered the police, defending a law protecting state security, to raid the printer and confiscate the edition before release and destroy it. Very few copies survive. Marko Ristic was one of the leaders of the Surrealist movement in Serbia and the most widely published. Worldcat finds no copies of this first edition in North America. This is a fine copy. Bookseller Inventory # 4267

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ZIVOT. Výtvarný sborník. List pro výtvarnou práci a umeleckou kulturu.

Karel Teige, Jaroslav Krejcar et al, editors
(Newton, MA, U.S.A.)
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Book 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, Oldrich
(Newton, MA, U.S.A.)
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Book 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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Book 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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Koruna obrázkový magazin

Antonín Král, ed.
(Newton, MA, U.S.A.)
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Book Description: Prague: Kral, 1929. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. Octavo, wrappers, each issue ca. 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 set found in a Czech library. Bookseller Inventory # 4849

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Book 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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Book 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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Furstenberg-Palais

Josef Sudek
(Newton, MA, U.S.A.)
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Book 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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Cisarska louka

Josef Sudek
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Book 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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Dilo Jana Zrzaveho (The Work of Jan Zrzavy) 1906-1940

Karel Sourek, Giorgio di Chirico, Vincenc Kramar, Jan Mukarevsky, Karel Teige
(Newton, MA, U.S.A.)
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Book 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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Dilo Emila Filly (The Work of Emil Filla)

Matejcek, Antonin; Nezval, Vitezslav; Kramar, Vincenc; Hora, Josef; Styrsky, Jindrich
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Book 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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Strelnice (Archer) Cyklus dvanacti kreseb 1939-1940.

Toyen; Heisler, Jindrich; Teige, Karel
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Book Description: Prague: Borovy, 1946, 1946. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. No Jacket. 1st Edition. Folio (28 x 40 cm; 11 x 15 in.), dec. boards, 12 lithos. Preface by Karel Teige (who also designed the book); prefatory poem by Heisler. A Cycle of Twelve Drawings. A very important surrealist publication and one of Toyen's most important works to appear in book form. This is a postwar work that presents work executed from 1939 through 1944. It continues the examination of an inner journey reflected in outer events, which started with the clandestine publications of drawing cycles accompanied by poems by Heisler. Toyen, who never verbally elaborated on the meaning of her work, here offers us a diary of descent into darkness. References: Czech Modernism 1900-1945. Houston: MFA, 1990, p. 78-79; Chadwick: Women Artists of the Surrealist Movement. London: T & H, 1985, p. 230; Styrsky - Toyen -Heisler. Paris: Centre Pompidou, 1982, p. 83. This copy very good with cover wear; slight creasing on endpapers and small corner creasing on title page. Interior otherwise very good+. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-359695818

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Kytice. mesicnik pro literaturu a umeni Roc. I-III (all published)

Jaroslav Seifert, ed (Frantisek Muzika, design)
(Newton, MA, U.S.A.)
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Book 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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Pisne o jedine veci.

Neumann, Stanislav K. (Sima, Mrkvicka)
(Newton, MA, U.S.A.)
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Book 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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Torso Nadeje

Halas, Frantisek (Emil Filla etchings)
(Newton, MA, U.S.A.)
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Book 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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Der Kunstnarr 1 April 1929 (all published)

Kallai, Ernst
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Book 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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Inimi cicatrizate

Max Blecher
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Book Description: Bucharest: Universala, nd, 1937. Soft cover. Book Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. Octavo, wrappers, 232pp. Max Blecher (1909-38) was a remarkable writer of genius who was confined to a body cast after being diagnosed with Pott’s disease at age 19. Blecher carried on regular correspondence with literary and philosophical luminaries including Gide and Heidegger, published in Breton’s La surrealism au service a la revolution, and won his place easily among the Romanian surrealists (Voronca, Bogza, Pana, etc) as a working member. His work is completely remarkable and fresh, and compares favorably with Bruno Schulz, Walser and Kafka in scope and depth. Two books were published in his lifetime and this soon after. He died shortly after completing Inimi Cicatrizate (Scarred Hearts), a novel depicting life, love and death in a sanitorium. This novel was finished immediately after Blecher’s surrealistic fantasy Intamplari in irealitatea imediata. Blecher's friend Sasa Pana had INIME CICATRIZATE published shortly after the author's death. This first edition is quite rare: not found in worldcat, and virtually unobtainable. In very good condition. Bookseller Inventory # 5012

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Bily akt

Ruzena Zizkova; Josef Bartuska
(Newton, MA, U.S.A.)
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Book Description: Ceske Budejovice: Edice Gemini, 1937. Soft cover. Book Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. Large octavo 18.5 x 12 cm., wrappers, 20pp., printed on hand-made paper in an edition of 200. Book design, typography and three illustrations by Bartuska in the sixth of the Edice Gemini series. Exquisite bibliophile production for the poems of Ružená Žižková. A fine copy. Worldcat finds this in 5 North American libraries. Bookseller Inventory # 4614

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Alkotas. A Magyar Muvészeti Tanács folyóirata

Lajos Kassak, ed.
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Book Description: Budapest: Alkotas, 1947. Soft cover. Book Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. Folio 30 x 24 cm, wrappers 12 numbers in 6 issues, year 1, and 4 numbers in 2 issues, year 2, 1947-48 (all published), heavily illustrated. Lajos Kassák made an ambitious effort to present a world-class art journal from Budapest under the banner of the Hungarian Council of the Arts, launching it in January 1947. Championing the postwar avant-garde visual art emerging both in Hungary and Western Europe, it had an internationalist approach and attempted to avoid political polarization in contrast to his prewar efforts with MA, DOKUMENTUM, and MUNKA. With his fellow literary associates (Tibor Déry, Sándor Weöres, Erno Kállai, etc) the intent was to renew communications with the art capitals of Western Europe and the USA and generate open currents of exchange, still under the banner of a socialist humanism but looking westward. Like Ma and Dokumentum, the journal looked at the international art scene as well as the developments in Hungary. The new art presented in these pages, especially that of Hungarians Ferenc Martyn, Béla Ban, István Farkas, Gyula Hincz and others, demonstrates a freshness and expressive freedom that would be short-lived in Hungary, with the last issue followed by the suppression of all free public discourse by the establishment of a police state when the communists cinched power that year. This would drive most of the Hungarian contributors in these issues into exile, incarceration or worse. This set clothbound, preserving the original wrappers. Uncommon, with only three sets noted by worldcat in North America. Bookseller Inventory # 4923

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Intamplari in irealitatea imediata

Max Blecher
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Book Description: Bucharest: Vremea, nd, 1936. Soft cover. Book Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. Octavo, wrappers, 88pp. Frontispiece portrait of author by S. Perahim. Max Blecher (1909-1938) writer of genius who contributed to the interwar Romanian avant-garde, a surrealist whose writings show strong kinship to Kafka, Bruno Schulz and Robert Walser, with the special talent of “making a home in misfortune" (Crohmalniceanu). His work began in 1930 with sketches published in the journal Bileta de papagal of Tudor Arghezi and his correspondence with Geo Bogza, I. Voronca, Sasa Pasa, Mihailescu et al in Romania as well as international literary and philosophical luminaries of the day. Marked by a tragic development at 19 (bedridden by a bone tuberculosis, Pott's disease) Blecher died at 29. Max Blecher’s prose is found in three novels, Intamplari in irealitatea imediata (1935), Inimi cicatrizate (1936) and Vizuita luminata, the latter only published in 1971. They are all of great literary significance. Only recently are they appearing in translation. Intamplari is probably the most provocative of all three and the most discussed, a surrealist fantasy based on the entrapment of life in a sanitarium impinging on chaos and fractured, multiple worlds. Blechner's first editions from 1930s Romania are extremely scarce. Blecher's works are acknowledged to be major contributions to 20th-century literature. This copy appears to be the trade edition of unstated number, but undoubtedly small. No copies found in worldcat of this first edition. Bookseller Inventory # 5011

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Book Description: Prague: Panorama, 1980. Soft cover. Book Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. Quarto 29.7 x 20.7 cm, folio wrappers, 28pp., with 18 full page bromograph prints and a additional sheet. Josef Sudek (1896-1976) is the most renowned Czech photographer of the 20th century. An overview of his work is presented here, along with an important illustrated essay by the historian Petr Tausk. This is the first of a series Profiles of Master Photographers of Czechoslovakia, printed in five languages. This copy fine. Bookseller Inventory # 1578

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Kubism

N. Kulbin (Tolkin A. Kivikas)
(Newton, MA, U.S.A.)
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Book Description: Tartu: Arlekiin, 1920. Soft cover. Book Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. Octavo, wrappers, 20pp. Fine abstract cover design by unattributed artist., a two-color linocut. The first appearance of Nikolai Kulbin’s work on cubism (1915) in Estonian, and probably a seminal work influencing the course of modernism in Estonia for the coming decade , especially in Tartu where abstraction was championed. The first years of Estonian independence was marked by a search for a national art that would express the collective identity of the new Estonia, and for the next several years visual experimentation flourished, incorporating cubist, purist, and suprematist elements. Nikolai Kulbin (1868-1917) was a painter, art theorist and driving force in Russian modernism as a futurist. Translated into Estonian by A. Kivikas. This has a striking two-color linocut cover, without attribution, and is likely to have been done by one of the artists in Tartu --- Ado Vabbe has a noted gouache work from 1919 which looks to be of the same hand. Vabbe was one of the strongest Estonian abstractionists and continued in this mode long after official tolerance had evaporated. No library holdings found outside of Estonia. Bookseller Inventory # 4618

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Symbol, Rebus, Pismeno

Augustin Tschinkel
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Book Description: Prague: Statni Graficka Skola, 1937. Soft cover. Book Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. Octavo 21 x 15 cm, wrappers, 20pp., edition of 500. In a striking black and white pictographs, the author explores the use of symbols and runes in various historical cultures, and how symbol, rebus and letter impact and inform consciousness and communication. This work is a hallmark of modern graphic design. Tschinkel (1905-1983) is highly renowned in Czech and German lands for his work as a graphic designer, his engagement in constructivism and expanding typographic art. He participated in the Rheinische Gruppe Progressiver Künstler and the avant-gardes in Czechoslovakia for decades as a leading designer. Uncommon despite the fame of this work, there are no copies located in North American libraries. Bookseller Inventory # 4611

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Futurista, expresszionista es kubista festeszet

Hevesy, Ivan
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Book Description: Budapest: Ma-Kiadas, 1919. Soft cover. Book Condition: Very Good. Octavo 24.3 x 16 cm, wrappers, 32pp, 40 plates. Published in the momentous year of 1919 which saw the Hungarian Soviet Republic eruption and demise in less than five months, this is one of the more significant Ma publications under Lajos Kassák at the time and was released shortly before he and most of the Hungarian artists appearing in this book were forced into exile. In addition to surveying the noted movements in the title, Hevesy also includes works of the the Hungarian Activists operating under the banner of Kassák's Ma. Aktivizmus was strongly influenced and drew freely from the three movements under discussion. The activist artists whose works appear here include Janos Mattis-Teutsch (one woodcut), a linocut cover by Sándor Bortnyik and with photo-illustrated works by Bornyik as well. There is also a linocut by Czech Cubist Vincenc Benes which appeared in an early Ma issue, together with reproductions of works by numerous artists of the movements under discussion. Important document, very good. Bookseller Inventory # 3507

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Book Description: Prague: Umelecka Beseda (Union d'artistes), 1922. Soft cover. Book Condition: Very Good. No Jacket. 1st Edition. Octavo, wrappers, 204pp. The second year of this prestigious art journal, enormously ambitious with Teige's hand on almost every page. An assemblage of the new experiments and theories emerging in Czechoslovakia and the cutting-edge developments in art and design in France, Italy and the US. Teige and Krajcar were working architects and designers in addition to their polemical and editing skills. Architecture and film are highlighted as well as all the visual arts, with emphasis on the avant-garde in France (Purism, early surrealism) and Germany (Neue Sachlichkeit) A hallmark publication of the time. Spine and rear cover repaired, else very good. Bookseller Inventory # 17

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Henryk Berlewi peintre polonaise.

Hubert Colleye
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Book Description: Anvers: De Sikkel, 1937. Soft cover. Book Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. Octavo 20.5 x 16 cm, wrappers, 55pp. The first known monograph on the Polish artist Henryk Berlewi (1894-1967), famed for his early constructivist work called Mecano-Faktura and pathfinder of postwar optical art. Berlewi is also renowned for his work in Yiddish modernism. The present work examines his life through the lens of the figurative work he produced in the 1930s, while offering a larger perspective from his earliest days as an artist. This copy signed and inscribed with a dedication by Berlewi. He writes on the title page "oeuvres anciennes 1918-1936" and he also dates the uncaptioned works in pencil on the lower right of each illustration. The inscription to M. de Tiradu (?) is noted that these works are 'comme petit prelude a ma prochaine exposition dans la galerie "Ex Libris".' dating from Brussels, 1950. Text in French. Rare, only two North American library holdings, with the Dutch text. Very good+ condition. Inscribed by Illustrator(s). Bookseller Inventory # 4803

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Kapka vody

J.V. Pleva (Zdenek Rossmann design)
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Book Description: Olomouc: Vydal Index, 1935. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. Oblong octavo, dec. cloth, 112pp. Book design by Zdenek Rossmann, with numerous photomontage elements throughout. Cloth cover design by Bohuslav Pleva. (A Drop of Water) Josef Veromir Pleva (1899-1985) is beloved by Czech readers as one their great authors of children’s books. He held a prominent role in 1930s Czech journalism and literature of Brno, went into seclusion during communist years. Zdenek Rossmann is hailed as one of the great constructivist graphic designers. This book is a splendid example of his original, creative work. Uncommon, worldcat finds this in only 3 North American libraries. Bookseller Inventory # 4999

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Book Description: Prague: Ceske graficka Unie, 1928. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. Large quarto 35.2 x 28 cm, cloth, vi, 127 plates. A fine bibliofile publication celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Republic of Czechoslovakia, focusing on the work of architect Joze Plecnik in the Hradcany Castle grounds in Prague and the Presidential Palace in Lany. The text is limited to title pages of each feature, which for the most part consists of photographs and drawings. Plecnik's work on the castle is considered one of the masterworks of modern architecture, particularly the work in the garden. He also restored and reworked a number of interior spaces, creating fixtures, doors, furniture, etc. Enjoying an excellent relationship with President Masaryk, he made substantial changes to the Presidential Palace as well. In keeping with his insistence on a low profile throughout his life, Plecnik's name is not even mentioned once. This is a very fine book production and one of the important testimonials to the contribution Plecnik made in the early years of Czechoslovak First Republic, following his work in Vienna. Worldcat finds this in 7 North American libraries. Bookseller Inventory # 5455

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