Second edition. Prague: Nakladatelstvi Šolc a Šimáček, 1928. 12mo (17 × 12 cm). Original illustrated wrappers in the constructivist style by Otakar Mrkvicka; 119,  pp. With twenty-four drawings by Mrkvicka in the text. Very good.
Interesting introduction to the history and production of film by Smrž, an instructor at DAMU, film critic and historian (1897-1953). In addition to numerous works on film history and theory written from the early 1920s through the 1930s, Smrž also wrote detective and adventure novels using the pseudonym Charles L. Morille. Mrkvicka (1898-1957) was one of the most prolific and well-known Czech painters, graphic designers, and illustrators of the early twentieth century, a member of the avant-garde artistic association Devětsil. Along with Karel Teige and František Muzika, Mrkvička developed the Czech constructivist aesthetic. Vloemans 139.
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