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Polish Avant-Garde - Typography

Noc-dzien: mechaniczny instynkt elektryczny [Night-day: Mechanical electrical instinct].

Krakow: Gebethner i Wolff (Drukarna "Czasu"), 1922. Octavo (22.3 × 15.2 cm). Original printed wrappers; [4], 3-41 pp. Very good or better.

Fine copy of this volume of futurist poems by Tytus Czyżewski (1880-1945), the Polish painter, Futurist poet, playwright, and Colorist. In 1917, together with the brothers Zbigniew and Andrzej Pronaszko, he organized an exhibition of Polish Expressionist works in Krakow, and their group later became known as the Polish Formists (Formisci). They merged various aspects of the European avant-garde including Cubism, Futurism, and Expressionism. Until the group’s break-up in 1922, Czyżewski was their primary artist and theoretician as well as the joint editor of the journal Formisci. The poems in the present volume are strikingly formatted, mostly in two columns, with ample use of hyphens, ellipses, alternating bold and regular weight, as well as vertical lines and other graphic elements, such as occasional arrows and geometric shapes. The title poem verges on concrete poetry. The poems touch on such themes as cinema, radio, "Transcendental panopticum," the body as machine, ("A hymn to the machine of my body"), and the work of fellow futurists such as Brunon Jasienski. Easily the most well-preserved copy we have handled. As of August 2019, KVK and OCLC locate seven holdings in North America.

Book ID: 50134

Price: $850.00