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Jakub Deml (Josef Váchal, woodcuts)

Published by Jaromerice: The author (1912)

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Item Description: Jaromerice: The author, 1912. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Small octavo 14x10 cm., ½-calf, {10} (2)pp. Jakub 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. A diary for recent times in the proto-surrealist’s life, where he discusses his relationship with Josef Ševcík and Josef Váchal, with greater emphasis on the latter figure. Váchal designed title page and vignettes, all woodcuts and with two contemporary photos of the young Váchal. There is a ten-page appendix with a list of Váchal’s works to date. Worldcat finds three copies of this first edition in North American libraries. Bookseller Inventory # 3413

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Hrad smrti: Jakub Deml, Josef

Jakub Deml, Josef Vachal

Published by Vinohrady (Prague): The author (1912)

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Item Description: Vinohrady (Prague): The author, 1912. Soft cover. Book Condition: Very Good. 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 for a while. He was early to recognize Vachal's visionary genius. This was a temporary alliance; both parties had difficult, volatile temperaments. 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. Josef Vachal (1884-1969) is the Czech William Blake. A painter, author, print-maker and book printer, he celebrated an uninhibited spirituality, possessed acerbic wit and critical temperament which he used to rail against the hypocrisy and darkness of convention. 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. Bookseller Inventory # 3725

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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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Satanu. Básen. (Satan. A Poem): Carducci, Giosue; Váchal,

Carducci, Giosue; Váchal, Josef

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

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Item Description: Prague: The artist (Vršovice: L.P.), 1926. Hardcover. 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 Vršovice. The book is signed in the colophon and numbered by three thumbprints and four fingerprints, making this the seventh copy. Váchal 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 noted as a book production in the catalogue raisonné. This copy housed loose in a custom portfolio with embossed title. More photos available on request. 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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