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Adolf Hoffmeister Collages

Podoby [Resemblances].

Prague: Nakladatelství S. V. U. Mánes (printed by Československý kompas), 1934. Quarto (30 × 21 cm). Contemporary cloth, decoratively embossed with the initials A. H. to front board and with title to spine; half title, title, list of plates, followed by 36 numbered lithographed leaves of illustrations on thick paper stock, followed by limitation sheet. Cloth splitting along rear hinge, but fully intact and else a very good copy.

Complete series of avant-garde caricatures showing various artists and other public figures of the interwar period, by Adolf Hoffmeister (1902-1973), an artist influenced by the Poetist style formulated by the Devětsil group of Czech avant-garde artists, which included Vitězslav Nezval, Jaroslav Seifert, and Karel Teige.

The subjects of the present caricatures include André Breton , Paul Morand, André Gide, James Joyce, G. K. Chesterton, Jean Cocteau, Paul Valéry, André Maurois, Louis Aragon, Max Ernst, Tristan Tzara, Lytton Strachey, Boris Pasternak, Ilja Ehrenburg, Vladimir Majakovsky, Emil Filla, Josef Šíma, and numerous others. The final image, titled "Tichá práce" (Quiet, or silent, work), clearly shows Hitler, saluting aboard a ship which is being penetrated by red swordfish in the water.

Originally issued as loose leaves in paper folder and inserted in slipcase, the publication has here been carefully bound.

This is no. 25 of an unstated print run that likely did not exceed 100 copies.

As of July 2021, KVK and OCLC show five copies in North America.

Book ID: 51381

Price: $1,250.00