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Czech Avant-Garde

Host: měsičník pro moderní kulturu, ročník [Guest: a monthly journal of modern culture], vol. IV, no. 4 (1925). Issue devoted to the memory of Jiří Wolker.

Prague: Václav Petr (Tiskem Středočeské tiskárny), 1922–1929. Quarto (28.5 × 19.5 cm). Original printed wrappers; 97-128 pp. Very good.

Single issue of this important Czech journal of the interwar literary and artistic avant-garde, this one being devoted to the memory of Czech poet Jiří Wolker (1900-1924). Issued by Literární skupina, an association of Czech writers that closely identified with Expressionism. Like the avant-garde group Devětsil – based around such figures as Karel Teige, Jaroslav Seifert, and Adolf Hoffmeister – the movement sought to unite the young creative minds of the newly formed Czechoslovak Republic. The two groups collaborated, but often disagreed, and their exchanges can be traced throughout this key publication of Czech modernist culture. The issues of year IV are particularly avant-gardistic, in both design and content, as Seifert and Teige were in charge that year, immediately shifting the journal's outlook to the international avant-garde.

This issue devoted to the memory of Czech poet Jiří Wolker (1900-1924), an original member of the Literary Group and, after leaving the group, briefly a Devětsil member, but with less radical political and aesthetic leanings. Contains poems by Fr. Bronislav, Konstantin Biebl, Vítězslav Nezval, Jean Lebran; prose texts by Jaroslav Durych, Lev Blatný, G. K. Chesterton; and essays by Lev Blatný, Karel Teige, and others, as well as various photographs of Wolker, and one reproduction of a work by Rodchenko (curiously enough, in a text by Chesterton). Rare in the original wrappers, not rebound and in such good condition.

Book ID: 51430

Price: $125.00