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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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About this Item: Prague: The artist (Vršovice: L.P.), 1926. Hardcover. 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). Seller 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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About this Item: np (Prague): Surrealistische Edition, 1939. Soft cover. 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. Seller Inventory # 4617

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Zidovsky hrbitov (The Jewish Cemetery): Viteslav Nezval, Jindrich

Viteslav Nezval, Jindrich Styrsky

Published by Prague: Odeon (1928)

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About this Item: Prague: Odeon, 1928. Soft cover. Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. Quarto 30.5x25 cm., wrappers, 33pp. No. 143 of 220 copies. Six lithographs by Styrsky with tissue guards; typography and book design by Karel Teige. (The Jewish Cemetery) A high point of collaboration between Nezval and Jindrich Štyrský together with Teige. Styrsky’s work here bears little relation to Nezval’s text; he was following the path of Artificialism which he founded with Toyen, free of Devetsil poetist theory. The images here „evoke the dark atmosphere of night, penetrated by clouds of light illuminating abstract motifs of either heavy, enclosed geometric shapes or loose lines running across the entire surface of the work. On some pages of The Jewish Cemetery it is possible to find one of Štyrský’s important „inner“ motifs, which can be described as an endless line.the sweeping drift of events in Nezval’s poems which is driven by the irreconcilable conflict between an urgent erotic desire and early marital life, alternates between dreams and waking.“ (Bydžovská). This copy very good with offsetting on endpapers from cover flaps, top spine chip. OCLC finds this in five North American libraries. Signed by Nezval in the front flyleaf. Seller Inventory # 4126

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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 (1921)

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About this Item: Prague: F. Borovy, 1921-44; 1946-48, 1921. Soft cover. Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. Quarto, octavo, various original bindings (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, all published. Very uncommon, with one incomplete holding in North America. Seller Inventory # 6602

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Einige Skizzen, Projekte und Ausgeführte Bauwerke IV,: Otto Wagner

Otto Wagner

Published by Vienna: Anton Schroll & Co. (1910)

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About this Item: Vienna: Anton Schroll & Co., 1910. Hardcover. Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. Two Folios 42 x 31.8 cm, card covers, holding publisher's orange wrappers with descriptive index on rear flap; containing 44 “sheets” (Blätter) which include numbered fascicules and plates. These are all loose as issued and are complete. This fourth volume of Wagner’s works, “Some Sketches, Projects and Completed Buildings,” which the architect issued was published in three sections. The first in 1910 with issues 1-3 , the second in 1915 comprising issues 4-6, and the third, in 1922. The two segments here include the Competition Projects for the Reichsministerium and the Technical Museum, an apartment house, the Palace of Peace in den Haag, extensive elevations and plans with gardens for the Karlsplatz and Kaiser Franz-Josef-Stadt Museum (Wagner's Opus=IV), the reconstruction of the Vienna University Library, the Villa Wagner, the reconstruction of the Royal Art Academy of Vienna, the “House of Glory,” the Hotel Wien. All these are accompanied by fine full-size plates of photographs and drawings of elevations, details, interiors of public buildings, monuments and residences. Many of the plates are original engravings and incorporate metallic inks. These engravings, the book design and the magnitude of architectural thinking make this publication a Secessionist masterpiece. Outer covers with minor wear, interior orange wrappers and all contents near fine. There are no library holdings in North America for the fourth collection in the original edition, in any of its sections. A splendid document of the era and a summit in the history of architectural publishing. Seller Inventory # 6569

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Aleksei Kruchenykh (Kazimir Malevich, Ivan Kliun)

Published by Moscow: Budetlian (1915)

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About this Item: Moscow: Budetlian, 1915. Soft cover. Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. Quarto 23 x 19 cm., printed paper wrappers., 32pp. Text by various authors (Ivan Kliun, Aleksei Kruchenykh, and Kazimir Malevich). Includes three signed Constructivist illustrations by Kliun, of which one is on the cover. One signed plate with a reproduction of Kliun’s Ozonator (1914, oil on canvas). Edition of 450. Includes an essay by Kruchenykh attacking Russian symbolism and its romantic, escapist tendencies, in which he praises Futurist Russian poet Elena Guro for her use of transrational language. Also includes short essays by Malevich and Kliun highlighting the key differences between Futurism and Symbolism, with strong polemics on metaphysical and metapsychic realities. Getty gives the date of publication as 1915. A drawing of the Ozonator on paper is owned by the Museum of Russian Culture in San Francisco. Slight wear but otherwise in very good condition. Six North American library holdings of the book, 12 of microform. BL 248. Getty 384. MoMA 105. Seller Inventory # 4110

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Di farshterte khasene: Itzhak Kipnis; Mark

Itzhak Kipnis; Mark Epshteyn, illus.

Published by Kiyev: Kooperativa farlag Kultur-Lige (1924)

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About this Item: Kiyev: Kooperativa farlag Kultur-Lige, 1924. Soft cover. Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. Octavo 17x12.5 cm., Illustrated wrappers by Mark Epshteyn; covers slightly soiled, 18, [1] pp. A one-act children’s play, Di farshterte khasene is about the bear’s wedding, featuring the traditional Jewish figures of the shadkhn (matchmaker), badkhn (traditional wedding entertainer), and a klezmer band. In this story, the wedding is disrupted by insects who steal honey from the party. Kipnis (1896–1974) was a Jewish Ukrainian writer, noted for his contributions to Soviet Yiddish literature and his writing for children. Epshteyn (1899–1949) was a sculptor, painter, and stage designer who worked with Chagall, Lissitzky, and Altman. Futur anterieur: l’avant-garde et le livre yiddish (Paris: Skira-Flammarion, 2009), cat. 95 (illustrated on p. 119). Worldcat finds four copies in North American libraries. Seller Inventory # 3400

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Han geijutsu No. 31, October 1934: Onchi Koshiro

Onchi Koshiro

Published by Tokyo: Han Geijutsu (1934)

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About this Item: Tokyo: Han Geijutsu, 1934. Soft cover. Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. Quarto 28x20.5 cm., wrappers, 20 leaves, edition of 400 copies. Han geijutsu was a periodical which featured graphics by contemporary Japanese artists from 1930 to 1936. This issue is devoted to Onchi Koshiro, with a two-color woodcut cover and twenty woodcuts, all starkly modernist and abstract. No library holdings for this issue found outside of Japan. This copy with light foxing on front cover, interior near fine. Seller Inventory # 4114

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Grafika: Bartuska, Josef; Nouza,

Bartuska, Josef; Nouza, Oldrich

Published by Ceske Budejovice: St. Kocmoud (1934)

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About this Item: Ceske Budejovice: St. Kocmoud, 1934. Soft cover. 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 Bartuška (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 Bartuška a series of artist books title Infinitivy (Intfinitives) Kornout (Cone) and in 1934 the twenty linocuts of the present book. Like Bartuška, 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. Refs: Avant-garde Across Media, Obecný Dum, 2004, passim. Birgus: The Czech Photographic Avant-garde 1918-1948. Signed by Author(s). Seller Inventory # 251

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Maldoror.: Comte de Lautreamont

Comte de Lautreamont (Isadore Ducasse); Jindrich Styrsky

Published by Prague: Jan Fromek (1929)

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About this Item: Prague: Jan Fromek, 1929. Hardcover. Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. Octavo, original wrappers bound in full calf boards, top edge gilt, 123(v)pp. No. 68 of 150 copies on antique paper, from an edition of 300 numbered copies. Selected poems from Lautréamont's proto-surrealist classic, translated into Czech by Jindrich Horejší with Karel Teige's and Philippe Soupault's collaboration. The first illustrated edition to reach publication, with twelve 2-color lithographs by Jindrich Štyrský. It includes a 30-page postscript by Teige who also designed the cover, typography and plates. The book was released in the early spring of 1929 and sold out before it was censored by authorities a few months later. The belated censorship and confiscation attempts resulted in an uproar. This is a landmark publication and a fine document of the creative ferment of the Czech avant-garde. It signaled a shift of focus in the movement of the Poetism spearheaded by Teige, Toyen and Nezval in the Devetsil movement to embracing deeper psychological and mythic undercurrents. As a visual statement it comprises some of Štyrský's finest artwork to appear in book form. The imagery and execution herald a shift in Štyrský's work from his Artificialism he had developed a few years earlier to a definite incorporation of surrealist and chance elements in his highly individual approach which would inform and characterize the artist's output for the remainder of his life. Notwithstanding the debt of the artist to the poet, the images pay no direct relationship to the text. Štyrský wrote at this time, „ The graphic description of verbal metaphors is distracting to true lovers of poetry.“ Maldoror's author figured prominently in Štyrský's psyche and he returned to Lautréamont's themes again and again. In 1939 he stated that Lautréamont was the greatest of modern poets. The entire book and contents fine, very crisp. Worldcat finds this in 10 North American libraries. Refs: Teige, ed: ReD 3, 1929-1931, No.1 pp. 3-5; No.2 pp4-48; Bydžovská & Srp: Jindrich Štyrský, 2007 pp. 159-164, inter alia; Lenka Bydžovská: Lautréamont vu par Jindrich Štyrský, in Revue des études slaves, 74-1, 2002. Seller Inventory # 3929

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NEO-FUTURIZM. Vyzom obshchestvennym vkusam. Sbornik. (Neo-Futurism, A: I. Mikhel'son, A.

I. Mikhel'son, A. Gribatnikov, eds.

Published by Kazan': Futurum (1913)

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About this Item: Kazan': Futurum, 1913. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. Quarto 27x20 cm., 1/2-cloth, unpag.(108) pp. A symposium of artists and poets who aligned themselves with the Futurists centered in Moscow and St. Petersburg, but without their sanctions or acknowledgment They are considered artistic and literary frauds by Markov. The publication lasted for two numbers. Artists represented: Igor Grigoriev, N. Semenov, Robo, I. Mikhel’son, I.Orlov, E. Trenka, A. Gribatinkov, Borisenko, N. Kuznetsov, G. Bragin, Poems by A. Irinin, Egor Fedotov, Ivan Gorev, Ii. Ul’ianov, I. Mikhel’son, A. Gribatnikov, Nikolai Samon’dov, Petr Zarubaev, M. Krandovskii. The most uncommon first number of two.Rowell-Wye only mentions the second number from the same year (No. 57 in The Russian Avant-garde Book). Very rare, scarcely encountered Futurist publication which displays artwork by Gribatnikov, Grigor’iev, Mikhelson, Semenov inter alia. "No survey of the impact of futurism on Russian society is complete without taking into consideration futurist forgeries and hoaxes. The best known of these literary frauds was Neofuturizm, published 1913 in Kazan. It is a big book of about 100 pages, and nearly a quarter of it is occupied by a manifesto 'Nemnogim, kotorye poimut nas' (To the few who will understand us), signed by A. Gribatnikov. In the manifesto the neofuturists divorce themselves from the rest of the avant-garde ("they are seeking - we have found"), but they do not reject it : Burliuk is accepted; Khlebnikov is called a genius" (Markov, Russian Futurism, 1958, p. 221ff.). See Rowell-Wye 57. The only copy to be traded in public record is at Christie’s on 28 April 2008. No library holdings found in OCLC. This copy lacks front wrapper but is otherwise complete. A few private library stamps. Seller Inventory # 4122

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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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About this Item: Prague: Politika, 1913. Soft cover. 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. Seller Inventory # 888

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Lajos Kassák

Published by Vienna: Horizont (1926)

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About this Item: Vienna: Horizont, 1926. Soft cover. 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. Seller Inventory # 2757

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

Karel Teige, ed., Josef Havlícek, Karel Honzík

Published by Prague: Odeon (1929)

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About this Item: Prague: Odeon, 1929. Hardcover. 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, 176pp., No.2 in original decorated wrappers, 296pp., No. 3 in original decorated 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 Havlícek and Karel Honzík, a splendid monograph on the evolution and work two important functionalist architects This is an essential document of the era and functionalism. Condition fine. Seller Inventory # 2756

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Hrad smrti: Jakub Deml, Josef

Jakub Deml, Josef Vachal

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

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About this Item: Vinohrady (Prague): The author, 1912. Soft cover. 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. Seller Inventory # 3725

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Thyrsos.: Frantisek Halas, Jindrich

Frantisek Halas, Jindrich Styrsky

Published by Prague: Edice 69 (1932)

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About this Item: Prague: Edice 69, 1932. Soft cover. Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. Quarto 26.5x20.5 cm., wrappers, 36pp. No. 29 of 138 printed copies, one of 30 printed on Holland Pannenkoek paper. František Halas (1901-1949) is considered one of most important Czech lyric poets. He was a very close friend of Štyrský, who commissioned him for this work and which Štyrský designed and illustrated the book as well as publishing it. This is one of Halas‘ most erotic works. It has never been reprinted in any form, and Halas himself swore the poems off as a youthful indiscretion. Even his heirs blocked its reappearance in subsequent anthologies. All of Edice 69 publications were only available from Štyrský to his friends and collectors. They were not for sale or public distribution. They are all bibliophile productions, and introduced surrealist work from France to Czech readers. OCLC finds two North American library holdings (Yale, Getty). This copy with light stain on cover. Seller Inventory # 4103

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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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About this Item: Prague: Aventinum, 1925. Hardcover. 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. Seller 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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About this Item: Bucharest: Unu, 1933. Soft cover. 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. Seller Inventory # 7100

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

Avigdor Hameiri, ed., Pesach Ir-Shai, Avigdor Hameiri, (Istvan Irsai)

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

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About this Item: Tel-Aviv: Lev-Hadash; New York: Yehudah, 1928. Soft cover. 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. Seller Inventory # 3405

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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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About this Item: Prague: Umelecka beseda & Druzstveni prace, 1941. Hardcover. 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). Seller Inventory # 51

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Josef Sudek

Published by Prague: Josef Sudek (1953)

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About this Item: Prague: Josef Sudek, 1953. No Binding. 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). Seller Inventory # 757

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Josef Sudek

Published by Prague: Josef Sudek (1954)

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About this Item: Prague: Josef Sudek, 1954. No Binding. 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). Seller Inventory # 758

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About this Item: Basel: Service de Pays, S.A., 1930. Hardcover. 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). Seller Inventory # 2781

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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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About this Item: Tallinn: Pro Peller, 1924. Soft cover. 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. Seller Inventory # 3102

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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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About this Item: Budapest: Singer és Wolfner, 1909. Hardcover. 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). Seller Inventory # 3310

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Probleme sovremene arhitektura: Stjepan Planic

Stjepan Planic

Published by Zagreb: The author (1932)

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About this Item: Zagreb: The author, 1932. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. Quarto, cloth, 262pp. Problemi savremeni arhitekture (Problems of Contemporary Architecture) arguably qualifies as the most important publication on Croatian and probably Yugoslav architecture of the first half of the 20th century. Stjepan Planic (1900-1980) is acknowledged to be a dean of modern architects in that country and one of its great teachers as well as one of the foremost Yugoslav architects of the modernist era. In this collection of projects Planic collected essays from all the significant architects of Croatian Modernism, and the book provides a profile of Croatian avant-garde designers in Part I which features statements and designs by Vladimir Antolic, Juraj Denzler and Mladen Kauzlaric, Jan Dubovy, Aleksandar Freudenreich and Pavao Deutsch, Mijo Hecimovic, Lavoslav Horvat, Drago Ibler, Mladen Kauzlaric and Stjepan Gomboš, Branislav Kojic, Milovan Kovacevic, Branko Maksimovic;, Josip Picman, Stjepan Planic, Zdenko Strižic, Ivo Zemljak, Milan Zlokovic, and Ernest Weissmann. Graphic renderings throughout by E. Tomasevic. Many of these belonged to the Grupa Zemlja, a society of artists which flourished from 1929 until 1935 when it was banned. The group came to life as a result of an organized and programmatically articulated gathering of radical and leftist members and sympathizers - painters, sculptors and architects, highly influenced by developments in the Bauhaus. Part II consists of other contemporary architects, interior designers and manufacturers showcasing their work, followed by a gazetteer of all contemporary architects working in Yugoslavia at the time, and an excerpt from the Civil Engineering Law. Part III consists primarily of adverts of related building industries. Richly illustrated with the works of Croatian architects. Quite rare; worldcat finds one library holding in North America. There was a small reprint in 1996 which worldcat finds in one US library (LOC). Seller Inventory # 4700

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Zricená nebesa (Fallen Sky): Miroslav Haller

Miroslav Haller

Published by Ceské Budejovice: Kornout (1931)

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About this Item: Ceské Budejovice: Kornout, 1931. Soft cover. Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. Octavo 21.5 x 15 cm, wrappers, 19pp. Cover, book design with a hand-colored and signed frontispiece by Josef Bartuška. Haller (1901-1968) was a poet, writer, translator, theater critic, teacher and member of the Skupina Linie. He had already collaborated with Bartuška before the founding of the group, and was on the editorial staff for the journal Linie, publishing his poetry regularly. A beautiful book productionm scarce as with all the bibliophile gems from this regional avant-garde. Haller's signature also on the title page. Ex-coll Josef Bartuška, with his bookplate designed by Richard Lander. Worldcat finds one copy of this work in North American libraries. Signed by Illustrator(s). Seller Inventory # 4071

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Vladimir Mayakovsky (Maiakovskii)

Published by Peterburg: Parus (1917)

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About this Item: Peterburg: Parus, 1917. Soft cover. Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. Octavo 21.5x14 cm., wrappers, 48pp. First edition of a collection of poems written the previous year. Mayakovsky worked on this poem from 1915 through 1916 and experienced a reversal from originally celebrating the war and longing to go to the front to an anti-war stance altogether. While writing this work he visited Maxim Gorky and found a champion for his emerging in-your-face voice that would characterize M’s future poetry, as well has his pacific sentiments. “War and the World” is more fitting here than “War and Peace,” given the tone and context. With the original wrappers and pre-revolutionary orthography. OCLC finds this in nine North American libraries. MOMA 161, Getty 549. Very good with some spine wear. Seller Inventory # 4074

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Maiakovskii Ulybaetsia - smeetsia - izdavaetsia: Vladimir Mayakovsky (Maiakovskii)

Vladimir Mayakovsky (Maiakovskii)

Published by Moscow-Peterburg: Krug (1923)

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About this Item: Moscow-Peterburg: Krug, 1923. Soft cover. Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. Octavo 17x13 cm., wrappers bound in cloth, 109(3) pp. Front & rear cover design by Aleksandr Rodchenko, widely celebrated as constructivist book work. Publisher logo by Iurii Annenkov “Mayakovskii Smiles – Laughs – Jeers.” A compilation from various works in the previous seasons. These include poems, one-liners, sketches and epigrams and satirical articles. Angry satire mixes with humor, caustic and malicious mockery together with heroism, pathos and lyrical sincerity. MOMA 503, Getty 519. OCLC finds two North American library holdings. This copy with worn wrappers, owner and seller stamps on rear cover as often encountered. Scarce, despite its widespread reputation for the Rodchenko cover design. 2500. Seller Inventory # 4076

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A. Rozenbaum

Published by Moscow-Leningrad: Kinopechat' (1926)

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About this Item: Moscow-Leningrad: Kinopechat', 1926. Soft cover. Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. Octavo, within original wrappers with unattributed, striking photomontage. Illustrated with movie stills. The second book written by Ayn Rand, the later adopted name of Alisa Rozenbaum, and published after she left St. Petersburg for America, Hollywood is also the second of only two works she wrote in her native language (Russian). This volume examines the origins of the Hollywood studios, their rivalries, and prominent producers, directors, and stars. Some wear to the wrappers, otherwise in very good condition. Three copies found in North American libraries. Seller Inventory # 4102

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