Abeceda: Tanecni Komposice Milci Mayerove: Nezval, Vitezslav Abeceda: Tanecni Komposice Milci Mayerove: Nezval, Vitezslav

Abeceda: Tanecni Komposice Milci Mayerove

Nezval, Vitezslav

Published by Nakladem J. Otto, 1926
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1/2000. Quarto. 57,[2]pp. Loose in original wraps, which have been professionally laid-down on brown paper. "The 1926 book Alphabet (Abeceda) is a landmark achievement in European modernism. Its frequent reproduction in exhibition catalogues and scholarly articles has made it a key symbol of Devetsil (1920-ca. 1931), the Czech artists' collective within whose ranks the book was conceived, and its importance is increasingly measured in international terms as well. The book consists of a series of rhymed quatrains by Devetsil poet Vitezslav Nezval, titled and ordered according to the letters of the Latin alphabet. Facing each set of verses is a Constructivist photomontage layout by Karel Teige, a painter turned typographer who was also Devetsil's spokesperson and leading theorist. Teige developed his graphic design around photographs of dancer and choreographer Milada (Milca) Mayerova, a recent affiliate of the group, who had performed a stage version of "Alphabet" to accompany a recitation of the poem at a theatrical evening in Nezval's honor in April 1926. The project to create a new alphabet epitomizes the proselytizing attitude of avant-gardists in various fields in the years after World War I. From Dada poetry to Constructivist architecture and design, from calls to overhaul theater to revolutions in literary theory, a panoply of experiments took the alphabet as their model or target and disclosed the potency of this elementary linguistic structure as a trope for creative renewal and social revolution. With its large print, childlike verses, and an instructional sequence that matches a single letter in text and image on every page spread, Alphabet presents itself as the class reader for that internationally sponsored course in universal reeducation." (Matthew S. Witkovsky, "Staging language: Milca Mayerova and the Czech book Alphabet"). Text on facing pages in Czech by V. Nezval. Photos by K. Paspa, design by Karel Teige. Minor staining to wraps, rubbing to spine and parts of edges. Signed and dated by previous owner on title-page. Overall good+ condition. Rare. Bookseller Inventory #

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Title: Abeceda: Tanecni Komposice Milci Mayerove
Publisher: Nakladem J. Otto
Publication Date: 1926
Binding: Softcover
Edition: First edition.

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