Prague: Václav Petr, 1941. Octavo (21 × 14.6 ). Original printed wrappers; 41,  pp. About very good; wrappers very lightly soiled; moisture stain to lower right corner of second half of text block.
First and only edition, the first book publication by Kolář, a leading member of the Czech post-war collective “Skupina 42” (Group 42), formally founded in 1940, during the German Protectorate. The group was forbidden by the Communist government in 1948, but its members continued to work and impact the Czech art scene well into the 1970s. Among them were František Gross, Hudeček, Kamil Lhoták, Karel Souček, Jan Kotík, Jan Smetana, and Bohumír Matal, the art theorists Chalupecký and Jiří Kotalík, as well as the poets Kolář, Ivan Blatný, and Josef Kainar.
“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. It also sought to counteract a certain academic quality in art and was drawn to an urban realism: the city in its manifold forms was an important theme, and ties to American literature and art were also strong.
Kolář's earliest experiments with literature date to the early 1930s, but it was this debut collection of poems, made possible by František Halas, that brought him into contact with the wider literary and artistic circles of Prague. One of 550 copies printed.
As of June 2020, KVK and OCLC only show three copies outside the Czech Republic.
Book ID: 50845