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    Pro strach židovský [For the Fear of Jews]. WITH: Žídé a my [The Jews and us]. Traktáty mladého Československa [Treatises of young Czechoslovakia], svazek 1. a, b and 2. a, b. by Slavata, Jaroslav and Jan Neruda

    Brno: Vydává Kateřina Slavatová, 1937. Octavos (18 × 12.8 cm). Original printed wrappers; 30 and 30, [1] pp. Very good copies. Two first issues of this series of anti-semitic pamphlets, containing a re-edition of Jan Neruda's famous "Pro strach židovský" [For the Fear of Jews, originally 1870] and a pamphlet of six short essays by the author. They include: "Nacionalismus a židovství", "Rozdíly mezi lidskými rasami" and "Dva, kteří vyrostli v Kremlu," and "Sexuologie a Nacktkultur" and two others. See also Livia Rothkirchen, The Jews of Bohemia and Moravia, p. 58: "A new series of Czech anti-semitic pamphlets was issued by Jaroslav Slavata entitled Tracts of Young Czechoslovakia... Slavata's own contribution..., published in 1937, had a new approach to offer, arguing that the so-called Czech-Jew was a 'double renegade: from Judaism to Germandom and from Germandom to Czechdom.' Anti-Semitism, according to Slavata, can exist only on a racial basis; it has no meaning otherwise." A particularly vile manifestation of Czech anti-semitism, published shortly before the Munich Pact and the annexation of Germany in 1938, followed by the stablishment of the Protectorate during the war years. Second edition of Slavata's pamphlet, not shortened by censors. Both are rare. KVK, OCLC show the copies at the Czech National Library, Syracuse University, Harvard, and the National Library of Israel.


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    Lidé z Reklubu: satirické veršování s karikaturami Karla Matějíčka [People from the Reklub: rhymed verses with caricatures by Karel Matějíček] by Šafr, Václav, Karel Matějíček, illustrator, and Stanislav Maršo, designer

    Prague: Reklamný klub československý, 1936. Octavo (18.5 × 12.5 cm). Original printed wrappers; 42, [3] pp. Twenty caricatures by Karel Matějíček, most of them full-page. About fine, in protective mylar. A charming book of satirical verses and caricatures about leading figures of the pre-war Czechoslovak advertising world. In 1927, the "Reklub" - short for Reklamný klub československý, or the Czechoslovak advertising club - was founded to offer a community to various artists, designers, and texters active in the bourgeoning field of commercial advertising. Its aim was to defend the interests of agencies and individuals, and to inform about news of international advertising, and to provide a sense of community. The Club existed until 1949 and was the subject of a recent study by Dušan Pavlů. Jan Brabec, Jaroslav Hencl, Jiři Pacovský, Jaroslav Richter, Miroslav Sutnar, Jiři Solar and many others. Typographic design by Stanislav Maršo (1910-1976), a specialist in advertising and typography. KVK, OCLC show no copies outside the Czech Republic.


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    Nutnost revidovati process Polenský [On the need to revise the Polná legal case] by Masaryk, Prof. T. G

    Prague: Nákladem, 1899. Octavo (24.6 × 16.2 cm). Original staple-stitched printed wrappers; 16 pp. A very good copy; small chip to upper right corner of front wrapper. Scarce Czech edition of a pamphlet, later confiscated, through which Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk sought to intercede in the Hilsner Affair, which provoked the most scandalous demonstration of anti-semitic views in Bohemia in the nineteenth century. Leopold Hilsner (1876-1928) was a Jew from the small East Bohemian community of Polná, who was accussed and later convicted of murdering nineteen-year-old Anežka Hrůzová in 1899, and later a second girl. The prosecution's strategy involved blood libel, which led to great conflicts in the region and beyond. Because he failed to produce an alibi, Hilsner was convicted and sentenced to death. It was only because of future Czechoslovak president T. G. Masaryk intervened that the sentence was commuted. Masaryk's calm and objective analysis of the case was a reaction to what he saw as a "Czech and Austrian Dreyfussiade," caused by the "false and seditious" rhetoric of the local press. Masaryk's pamphlet was also published in German: "Die Nothwendigkeit der Revision des Polnaer Processes," in Vienna. It was confiscated and he lost his teaching position as Professor of Ethics at Prague University over the scandal. One of the leading opponents in the debate was the Czech Catholic priest and publicist Rudolf Vrba, who authored a brochure in the same year which asserts the ritual murder accusation against Hilsner. Hilsner's fate was the subject of a silent film in 1918 and of a recent motion picture (2016). In 2008 he was officially rehabilitated by the Austrian minister of justice. KVK, OCLC only show copies at TH Berlin, Herder, the British Library, Ljubljana, Columbia, Indiana, Utah.


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    €120.00

    Sen a skutečnost. Výstava obrazů, kreseb a grafiky s mezinárodní účastí, 28. III.-18.IV. 1971, Třebíč - Zámek [Dream and reality. An exhibition of paintings, drawings and graphic works with international participants, March 28 to April 18, 1971. Castle Třebíč]

    Třebíč: Západomoravské muzeum, 1971. Octavo (21.5 × 15 cm). Original pictorial wrappers; [10] pp. Four reproductions. Very good. Scarce exhibition catalog, featuring numerous members of the international surrealist group C.I.A.F.M.A. (Centrale International de l'Actualité Fantastique et Magique), such as Karol Baron, Alexis Keunen, Max Bucaille, Victor Delhez, Rudolf Haus, Caspar Rauh, Aubin Pasque, Helmuth Plontke and members of the Lacoste Group. Held at the West Moravian Museum in Třebíč (today the Vysočina Museum). Not in KVK, OCLC.


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    €175.00

    Josef Istler. [Cyklus "hlav" od Josef Istlera. The cycle of "heads" by Josef Istler] by Pečírka, Jaromír, author

    Ústí n. Orlicí: JZK ROH Klub prátel výtvarného umění, 1965. Octavo (21.3 × 13.9 cm). Single folded leaf, printed to recto only and apparently conceived as a poster. With four full-page reproductions of Istler's work. Signed by Istler to the front page. Fine condition. Ephemeral exhibition catalog, printed as a poster, for a group of works around the concept of "heads," comprising forty lithographs produced between 1958 and 1965. With a lengthy text by Jaromír Pe írka and a short biography and exhibition history of the artist. Istler was a founding member of the Skupina RA (Group RA), a Czech post-war surrealist formation which sharply distinguished itself from pre-war Czech surrealism. The author's essay looks closely at Istler's surrealist influences, referring both to his theoretical works and to the writings of Teige, Ludvík Kundera, Vratislav Effenberger, and others. Scarce, especially signed. Not in KVK, OCLC.


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    €80.00

    Fabiánský socialismus [Fabian socialism] by Cole, G. D. H. and Karel Teige, designer

    Prague: Klub socialistické kultury ("Práce"), 1947. Octavo (22.8 × 14.8 cm). Original decorative wrappers by Karel Teige; 156, [2] pp. Front wrapper with light dust soil; else very good, in protective mylar. First edition of this translation by M. Haluza, with an understated but effective late typographic wrapper design by Karel Teige. First edition, one of 3000 copies.


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    €90.00

    Prokletí básníci [The cursed poets] by Verlaine, Paul, Adolf Kroupa, and Karel Teige, designer

    Prague: Otto Girgal, 1946. Octavo (21.5 × 15.5 cm). Original cloth boards with title to spine; pictorial dust wrappers by Karel Teige; 130, [2] pp. With many illustrations throughout the text and a sixteen-page appendix of plates reproducing the artworks of Desbordes-Valmore, Manet, Gauguin, Matisse, Renoir, and Teige among others. Dust jacket with light fraying to top and paper restoration to spine extremities; closed tear to front panel of jacket; very good in a good dust jacket. Karel Teige designed the cover and wrote a postscript to this translation of Verlaine's essays "Les Poètes maudits" (1883-1884), from a text published in Paris in 1900. Both the cover and the appendix contain erotic surrealist photomontage imagery by Teige, highlighting his continued artistic connection with Surrealism and the Western art world even as Czechoslovakia came firmly under the Soviet sphere of influence after WWII. Surrealism was seen as standing in opposition to Socialist Realism, the state-mandated Soviet aesthetic from the mid-1930s. Even as Teige endorsed communism, his aesthetic commitment to Surrealism was held suspect by the local communist government. His artistic activity came to be progressively suppressed as a result, with this publication serving as an excellent late example of Teige's allegiances. Pictured in: "Karel Teige a typografie," no. 510.


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    €125.00

    Slováci a maďari: politicko-historická úvaha [Slovaks and Magyars: a political and historical essay] by Vacovský, Dr [= Milan Ivanka] and Slovenská líga v Amerike [Slovak League of America]

    Pittsburgh: Slovenský hlásník, 1914. Octavo (22.2 × 15 cm). Publisher's printed wrappers; 123, [1] pp. Two folding maps, measuring 20.5 × 48 cm. About very good; wrappers and spine extremities lightly worn and chipped; one map with small tear. First edition of this nationalist pro-Slovak history of the conflict between Slovak and Magyar settlers in modern day Slovakia, which was republished in 1923 in Bratislava. With two folding historical maps, on fine paper stock, also printed in Pittsburgh. Preface by Albert Mamatey, the president of the Slovak League of America. Scarce. No other copies in the trade as of January 2019.


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    The Mission of a Small Nation by Beneš, Vojta

    Chicago: Czechoslovak National Council of America, 1941. Second edition. Octavo (21.5 × 14 cm). Publisher's printed wrappers; 110, [2] pp. With a map and a potrait of Masaryk. Very good. "To all men of good will! This book was written for busy people interested in the fate of the small enslaved European nations... it attempts to portray adequately the fate of Czechoslovakia and the sad destiny of those nations burdened with Nazism" (author's postscript). Stamp of the "Czechoslovak National Council of America" in Chicago, which distributed the book.


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    Katalog souborné výstavy (1915-1932) Rudolfa Kremličky v Obecním domě hlavního města Prahy pořádané Uměleckou besedou od 12. března do 24. dubna 1932 [Catalog of the retrospective exhibition of Rudolf Kremlička at the Obecní dům in Prague, organized by Umělecká Beseda and held March 12 to April 24, 1932] by Kremlička, Rudolf

    Prague: Umělecká beseda, 1932. Octavo (18.1 × 14.8 cm). Original decorative wrappers; 15, [1] pp. Very good. Catalog of an exhibition held March 12 to April 24, 1932 in the Municipal House, Prague. Also features an essay on Rudolf Kremlička by André Salmon and translated by Jindřich Hořejší. Lists 262 works, and another number of works on a separate laid in sheet, with current owners listed (using initials). KVK, OCLC show the copies at Frick Library and Czech National Library.


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    Life behind the Iron Curtain. Document of the Communistic Coup in Czechoslovakia by Jandacek, A. J

    Chicago: National Alliance of Czech Catholics, 1949. Octavo (26 × 14.5 cm). Publisher's stapled pictorial wrappers; 88, [1] pp. Small tear to wrapper; pencil note to title (gift of author); else very good. English translation of this anti-communist account of the 1948 takeover, which appeared in Czech the same year. Frontispeace features caricature of Stalin carrying a whip, with the caption "The gospel according to 'St. Marx'." No other copies in the trade as of December 2018. KVK, OCLC show eleven copies.


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    €375.00

    Na vzdory jim... písně, songy, balady, chansony, poesie [Und euch zum Trotz: Chansons, Balladen und Legenden] by Mehring, Walter and Jiří Taufer, translator

    Olomouc: Index, 1938. Octavo (21.2 × 14.7 cm). Publisher's pictorial wrappers; 105, [4] pp. Wrappers very lightly worn; upper spine nicked; else very good. First Czech translation of Mehring's first publication in exile, which appeared in Paris in 1934, and contains poems from his books burned by the Nazis, as well as some recent texts. Mehring (1896-1981) was a Jewish German writer and noted satirist of Weimar Germany, who was barely able to escape abroad after Hitler's rise to power. Designed throughout by Zdeněk Rossmann, for the left-leaning Index publishing house in Olomouc, which also issued the eponymous modern art and architecture journal throughout the 1930s. The book also incorporates Mehring's own drawings, With Rossmann's distinctly understated typographic design. The translator, Jiří Taufer (1911-1986), was a noted Czech communist poet and translator, and later an official of the communist regime. The book includes his poem to Taufer, including a German translation by Walter Hart ("Brief an Walter Mehring"). Also included is a postscript by Bedřich Václavek. Outside the Czech Republic, KVK and OCLC only show the copies at SLUB Dresden, Akademie der Künste, Deutsche Nationalbibliothek, Getty, Smithsonian, and Yale.


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    €450.00

    Sovětská karikatura [Soviet caricatures] by Varšavskij, Lev O. and Lubomír Linhart

    Prague: Knihovna Levé fronty (V. Palán), 1934. Octavo (19 × 12 cm). Original pictorial wrappers by Karel Poličanský; 30, [2] pp. Very light repair to upper spine tip; very good. The first book on Russian, and especially Soviet, political caricatures to appear in the Czech Republic. It was issued as part of the famous series "Knihovna levé fronty" ("The Left Front Library"), which was issued by the eponymous group of leftist artists and intellectuals, which took the place of the earlier Devětsil group around Karel Teige, Jaroslav Seifert, S. K. Neumann and others. Features samples of works by the leading Soviet caricaturists Deni, Boris Efimov, Mikhail Cheremnykh, D. Moor, V. Vasil'ev, and others. With a preface by the translator, Lubomír Linhart (1906-1980), a film and photography critic who served as the speaker of the Film-foto group of the Left Front in the 1930s. Design and typography by Karel Poličanský, an architect and book designer who used the pseudonym Jiří Friml. Outside the Czech Republic, KVK and OCLC only locate copies at IISG and Oxford, with none in North America.


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    €400.00

    Čo povieš svojmu decku? Rozhovory, príklady a rady pro sexuálnu výchovu [Wenn dein Kind dich fragt... / What will you tell your child?] by Reich, Dr. Annie, Jozef Rybák, designer, and Evžen Klinger, translator

    Bratislava: Dav, 1933. Octavo (19 × 13.8 cm). Original photo-illustrated wrappers; 47, [1] pp. Light toning to wrapper edges; else very good. ["Bratislava Bauhaus"]. First and only edition of this Slovak translation of Viennese psychoanalist Annie Reich's 1932 book on children's sexual education, "Wenn dein Kind dich fragt..." With wrappers by Jozef Rybák, who was involved with the School of Arts and Crafts (Škola umeleckých remesiel, or ŠUR) in Bratislava, founded in 1928 and in many ways close in spirit to the Dessau Bauhaus. Its founding members included The teachers noted avant-garde artists such as Ľudovít Fulla, Mikuláš Galanda, Jaromír Funke, and Zdeněk Rossmann, and visiting lecturers included Moholy-Nagy and Tschichold. Rybák created numerous wrapper designs during the late 1920s and 1930s, and was a contributor to the leftist Slovak avant-garde journal DAV (1924-1937), for which he profiled the ŠUR. Not in KVK, OCLC.


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    Mámení [Delusion].; Edice nakloněná rovina 1 by Čech, Zdirad J. K. (born 1949)

    [Prague], 2012. Sewn balsa wood boards (30.5 × 19 cm), with original linocut sheets mounted to front and back; six gatherings consisting of 2-3 folio sheets. Signed by the author on the colophon. Very good, soft wooden boards with a few light marks. A surreal poetic meditation on time, space, and dream states, consisting of thirteen linocut illustrations each accompanied by four lines of text. According to the colophon, this is one of six copies that were produced from an original print run of twenty-three copies, which were originally printed in 1989. When the book was finally to be bound -- for some reason only in 2012 -- much of the print run had been dispersed or lost, leaving only six complete sets, which were bound incorporating the original linocut sheets. Zdirad Čech, born 1949, is a contemporary Czech illustrator and graphic designer.


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    Amerikánštiny: pestrá sbírka zajímavostí, momentky z amerického života, zvláštnosti za mořem i na pevnině... [Americanisms: a collection of curiosities, moments of life in America, and peculiarities overseas and on the continent...]

    Králové Pole: Nová eská myšlenka, 1914. Octavo (22 × 13.5 cm). Original staple-stitched pictorial wrappers; 80 pp. About very good; rust to staples; small nick to head of spine. A most curious digest of articles on American customs, daily life, history, and psychology, as seen through the eyes of this little-known publisher from Moravia. The book contains excerpts from the author's other works, with titles such as How to Make Money or A Guide to Success, or Czech Americanism. The texts focus on topics such as working life and sexuality in America, the psychology of success, and the secrets of financial and personal success. With a suitably grotesque depiction of Uncle Sam on the cover (not attributed). Not found in KVK or OCLC.


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    €100.00

    Bohdan Lacina, Obrazy 1945-1964. Exhibition held at Galerie Václav Špála in November 1964

    Prague: Český fond výtvarných umění, 1964. Octavo (20.5 × 15 cm). Staple-stitched pictorial wrappers; [12] pp. Very good; final leaf lightly creased. Exhibition catalog of Bohdan Lacina with seven reproductions, a prose poem by the surrealist writer Ludvík Kundera and a preface by Jan Tomeš. The artist was an early member of the Czech post-war artist collective "Skupina 42" (Group 42), which was formally founded in 1940, during the German Protectorate. The group was forbidden by the Communist government in 1948, but its members and artists continued to work and impact the Czech art scene well into the 1970s. "Skupina 42" was significantly shaped by the experience of war and the German occupation. It combined pre-war tendencies such as cubism, futurism, and constructivism with existentialist and surrealist thought and images. Nevertheless it also sought to counteract a certain academic quality in art and was drawn to a kind of urban realism: the city in its manifold forms was an important theme, and ties to American literature and art were also strong. Lacina was also part of the Skupina Ra surrealist formation. KVK, OCLC only show the copy at the Czech National Library.


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    Tiché kyvadlo [The quiet pendulum].; Edice Start, sv. 3 by Tmé, Miroslav

    Brno: Nakladatel Joža Jícha, 1932. Octavo (21 × 14 cm). Original decorative wrappers by J. Keprt; 46, [2] pp. About very good; light soil and foxing to wrappers. Sarce book of poems with avant-garde typography by an undocumented regional designer. Little is known about the author, Miroslav Tmé (1909-1998), a teacher and literary critic from Brno, and the designer, one J. Keprt. KVK, OCLC only show the copy at the Czech National Library.


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    €60.00

    Výstava grafiky Skupiny 42. Z fondů Středočeské galerie. Catalog of a traveling exhibition of Skupina 42 organized by the Středočeská galerie (Central Bohemia Gallery) in Prague

    Czechoslovakia: Středočeská galerie, 1968. Octavo (21 × 15 cm). Staple-stitched green printed wrappers; [16] pp. Six full-page reproductions. Very good. Exhibition catalog of Skupina 42, with an introduction by Jan Dvořák featuring biographical information on the artists and a list of works exhibited. The Czech post-war artist collective "Skupina 42" (Group 42) was formally founded in 1940, during the German Protectorate. The group was forbidden by the Communist government in 1948, but its members and artists continued to work and impact the Czech art scene well into the 1970s. "Skupina 42" was significantly shaped by the experience of war and the German occupation. It combined pre-war tendencies such as cubism, futurism, and constructivism with existentialist and surrealist thought and images. Nevertheless it also sought to counteract a certain academic quality in art and was drawn to a kind of urban realism: the city in its manifold forms was an important theme, and ties to American literature and art were also strong. KVK, OCLC only show the copy at the Czech National Library.


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    Američtí básníci. Anthologie. Překlady Arnošta Vaněčka [American poets. An anthology. Translations by Arnošt Vaněček]

    Prague: Odeon, 1929. Octavo (20 × 14 cm). Original decorative wrappers; 103 pp. About very good; very gentle crease to front wrapper. Uncommon anthology gathering translations of poems by Conrad Aiken, T. E. Hulme, Langston Hughes, Alfred Kreymborg, Amy Lowell, Ezra Pound, Edgar Lee Masters, Carl Sandburg, Wallace Stevens, Sara Teasdale and Carl Van Vechten. With a brief preface by the translator, and short biographical sketches. Published as no. 14 in the Malá edice Odeon (Small Odeon series), with front wrapper and title page designed by Czech avant-garde theoretician and book designer Karel Teige.


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    €120.00

    Prokletí básníci [The cursed poets] by Verlaine, Paul, Adolf Kroupa, and Karel Teige, designer

    Prague: Otto Girgal, 1946. Octavo (21.5 × 15.5 cm). Original pictorial wrappers in protective mylar, over blind wrappers designed by Karel Teige; 130, [2] pp. With many illustrations throughout the text and a sixteen-page appendix of plates reproducing the artworks of Desbordes-Valmore, Manet, Gauguin, Matisse, Renoir, and Teige among others. Light wear to upper edge of front wrapper; wrapper lightly restored to folds; gatherings loose, as issued; still about very good. Karel Teige designed the cover and wrote a postscript to this translation of Verlaine's essays "Les Poètes maudits" (1883-1884), from a text published in Paris in 1900. Both the cover and the appendix contain erotic surrealist photomontage imagery by Teige, highlighting his continued artistic connection with Surrealism and the Western art world even as Czechoslovakia came firmly under the Soviet sphere of influence after WWII. Surrealism was seen as standing in opposition to Socialist Realism, the state-mandated Soviet aesthetic from the mid-1930s. Even as Teige endorsed communism, his aesthetic commitment to Surrealism was held suspect by the local communist government. His artistic activity came to be progressively suppressed as a result, with this publication serving as an excellent late example of Teige's allegiances. Pictured in: "Karel Teige a typografie," no. 510.


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    €300.00

    Zastřený profil [Blurred profile]. Signed by Štyrský by Marten, Miloš and Jindřich Štyrský, illustrator

    Prague: self-published, 1940. Octavo (19 × 13 cm). Original pictorial wrappers by Zdenka Braunerová; text loosely inserted as issued; [6], 12, [4] pp. Woodcut title and vignette to p. 15 by Braunerová and with Jindřich Štyrský's "imaginary portrait" of Lautréamont on p. 5. Signed by Štyrský. A fine copy. Privately printed re-edition of this essay on Lautréamont, with woodcut designs by the painter Zděnka Braunerová, reproduced from the 1910 first edition, a book of art and literary criticism. Marten (1883-1917) was a Czech Catholic symbolist writer inspired by Joris Karl Huysmans, Oscar Wilde, and the Czech decadent writer Jiří Karásek ze Lvovic. He died after being wounded during WWI. With the stunning "imaginary portrait" of Lautréamont by Jindřich Štyrský dated 1939. Published by Štyrský and Stanislav Kohout as a privately printed gift for friends in 300 numbered copies, this being no.132, which has also been signed by Štyrský below the colophon. This title was highlighted in the exhibition "Maximum Imaginativeness: Modern Czech Book Design, 1900-1950" at the University of Toronto in 2015. Outside of the Czech Republic, KVK and OCLC only show the copies at Chicago, the Getty, Toronto, and Yale.


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    €150.00

    Tiché melodie: básně [Quiet melodies: poems]. Edice Skupiny literátů a výtvarníků "Slav" [Edition of the Group of writers and artists "Slav"] by Nezbeda, Vilém (1912-2004)

    Olomouc: Slav, 1934. Octavo (19 × 14.2 cm). Original decorative wrappers; 74, [6] pp. Very good. In protective mylar sleeve. Scarce regional avant-garde book of poems, with spare but attractive typographic design to wrappers and throughout (on title, section titles, etc.). Nezbeda (1912-2004) was a teacher and poet from Moravia. Little is known about the Olomouc-based "Slav" group of writers and visual artists. Not in Vloemans. Outside the Czech Republic, we only locate the copy at Harvard.


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    Přes fronty a přes hranice [Across frontlines and borders] by Falta, Josef

    New York: Listy Publishing Co, 1943. Octavo (23 × 16 cm). Publisher's pictorial wrappers; 255, [1] pp. Light wear to wrappers; upper spine end frayed; still about very good. First and only edition of this autobiographical work by Czech émigré writer Josef Falta. No other copies in the trade as of December 2018.


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    €150.00

    Original signed linocut print by Josef Bartuška of the Linie Group by Bartuška, Josef (1898-1963)

    České Budějovice, 1925. Original linocut print on thin laid paper, measuring 22.4 × 15.5 cm, plate size ca. 10 × 7 cm. Signed in pencil and with Bartuška's stamp to lower left. Very good, save for smudge to upper right corner. Original signed linocut print by Josef Bartuška (1898-1963), the leading figure of the Linie Group, an avant-garde movement active in České Budějovice after 1931, which embraced cubist and other modernist tendencies in opposition to the dominant local school of traditional landscape painting and decorative arts. Bartuška was an extremely versatile artist, working in photography, graphic arts, painting and line drawings, as well as collages. He also worked as a poet, playwright and film script-writer, amateur film director, musician, critic and theoretician. Along with Karel Valter, Ada Novák, Emil Pitter, Miroslav Haller and others he published the group's eponymous journal, Linie from 1931 to 1938. As a graphic artist he was influenced by Toyen and Štyrský, as well as by the Cologne "Gruppe progressiver Künstler." In the second half of the 1930s he created numerous more political drawings and prints, often with reference to the war in Spain. He is known primarily for his photographic work, subject of a separate 1932 exhibition, while the rest of his extensive oeuvre remains unknown, especially outside the Czech Republic. For more on this under-appreciated group, and on Bartoška in particular, see Jaroslav Anděl's monograph, "Avantgarda o mnoha médiích: Josef Bartoška a skupina Linie, 1931-1939" (2004).


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