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First Czech Printing of Blok's "Twelve"

Aktuality a kuriosity: sborník literární, umělecký a politický [The actual and the curious: a literary, artistic, and social journal], nos. 1-10 in five double issues (all published).

Prague: Tiskem "Tribuny", [1920-1921]. Octavos (19.5 × 14.5 cm). Original printed wrappers; 84 pp. (consecutive pagination). Folded leaf of contents with woodcut title by Slavoboj Tusar, loosely inserted as issued. Numerous illustrations. The first issue very lightly worn; text toned due to stock; else very good, largely uncut and unopened copies.

Complete first run (apparently all published) of this Czech journal of literature, the arts, and social thought. Issue 6-7 contain the first appearance in Czech of Russian poet Aleksandr Blok’s “The Twelve” (“Dvenadtsat’”, 1918), translated by Czech avant-garde poet Jaroslav Seifert (1901-1986), which was also issued as a separate publication in 1922, after appearing here. Also pictured, as is not the case in the stand-alone edition, is a portrait by Blok signed F. P. (Ferdinand Peroutka?). The final double issue contains Kulbin's portrait of Marinetti, an overview of his life and publications, as well as the first appearance of Karel Teige's article "Marinetti and Futurism." The leading theorist of the Czech interwar avant-garde was careful to distance himself and his colleagues from Marinetti's world view, while still expressing great admiration for his radical aesthetic stance. Other contents include articles by and about Leon Booy, Paul Cezanne, Gustave Courbet, Walter Crane, Paul Gauguin, van Gogh, John Keats, William Morris, Auguste Rodin, G. Walch, Karel Sabina, and others. Woodcut title page, in the style of rondo-cubism, by Slavoboj Tusar.

Rare; KVK, OCLC trace only two sets outside the Czech Republic, with none held in North America.

Book ID: 51476

Price: $750.00