Prague: Nakladatelství knih A. V. Nováka, 1925. Octavo (23 × 15.7 cm). Contemporary full cloth; 145,  pp. With frontis portrait of the author and eight leaves of plates on coated stock. Signed by the author to frontis portrait. Wrappers perished; light wear to spine; small private ownership stamp; still very good.
An engaging travelogue by Archibald Václav Novák, a popular travel writer of the 1920s who founded his own publishing company due to the success of his books. Drawing on his two year journey to North America, Novák sought to convey "America, as it truly is: full of life, bustle, youthful strength and daring enterprise." He describes New York, Washington, Chicago, various technological triumphs, such as the American railways and the Niagara Falls, the American West, including the Mormons and the Native Americans, and the last section of the book is devoted to the history and present life of Czech and Slovak immigrants in North America, including in Cleveland, Chicago, Nebraska and South Dakota.
Scarce; as of July 2021, KVK and OCLC only show two holdings in North America, both in the Midwest.
Book ID: 51375