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Czech Avant-Garde Poetry

Tento večer [That evening].

Prague: B. Stýblo, 1945. Octavo (21.5 × 15 cm). Original decorative wrappers; 79, [3] pp. Illustrated with a drawing by Kamil Lhoták. A very good copy; stain to rear wrapper.

First edition of these poems written by Blatný during and shortly after the war. With the appealing understated wrapper design of the Lyra series of poetry and one illustration by Kamil Lhoták. Overall design by Vít Obrtel. First volume of the series Lyra (The lyre), edited by Josef Brož.

Blatný (1919-1990) was a Czech poet close to the surrealist Vítězslav Nezval, who became a member of Group 42 (Skupina 42), an avant-garde group formed in the late 1930s and active until 1948. Blatný, though a communist, would not return from a trip to the United Kingdom following the Communist takeover in Czechoslovakia, upon which his property was confiscated and his citizenship revoked. He died in England.

As of December 2021, KVK and OCLC show two copies in North America.

Book ID: 51728

Price: $250.00