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Handwritten diary and daily planner for February 1935.

Prague: Knihtiskárna Prometheus, 1935. 12mo (12.8 × 8.9 cm). Staple-stitched printed wrappers; 42 leaves, printed rectos and versos. Filled out in ink and pencil. Very good.

Small daily planner for February 1935 of Otakar Mrkvička (1898-1957), the Czech painter, illustrator, art critic and editor, one of the founding members of the Czech avant-garde group Devetsil. Mrkvička was a key figure of Czech avant-garde life, designing many constructivist wrapper designs by himself as well as collaboratively with Karel Teige (1900-1951). In the 1930s, he primarily worked on his paintings, produced numerous political and satirical caricatures and worked as an editor of the newspaper "Lidové noviny." The planner features numerous holograph notes about Mrkvička's daily appointments, payments received, as well as longer diary entries and notes for planned works. Apart from more mundane records, he describes readings, gatherings and all-night parties with notable contemporaries such as Josef Čapek, Karel Nový, Vladislav Vančura, and Eduard Bass. February 1935 was also important due to Mrkvička's journey to Moscow, which he describes on numerous pages. Given his central role in Czech avant-garde graphic design and intellectual life in the 1920s, it is striking that Mrkvička's life and work are relatively little documented. Included is Mrkvička's personal calling card, listing him as a painter and editor of "Lidové noviny"

Book ID: P003822

Price: $650.00