Prague: Aventinum, 1928. Octavo (19.5 × 13.5 cm). Original pictorial wrappers by František Muzika; 147 pp. A very good, uncut and unopened copy; very light wear to lower spine only.
Although less well-known than Teige, Štyrský, and Sutnar, Muzika (1900-1074) was a key representative of the Czech avant-garde and a founding member of Devětsil. Active in a wide range of media and other endeavors, including painting, graphic design, set design, illustration, directing, and teaching, Muzika also created a range of experimental book covers beginning in the late 1920s. He served as art director of the publishing house "Aventinum," adding his own covers which "in their simplicity and use of white space ... represent a distinct step beyond the rich poetist cover" (Jindřich Toman, Photo/Montage in Print, p. 197). Our copy is number 16 of twenty numbered copies printed on thick laid paper. Toman 5.5.1. As of June 2020, KVK and OCLC only show the copy in the Czech Republic.
Book ID: 50842