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Czech Surrealism

Bulletin international du surréalisme. Mezinárodní buletin surrealismu. No. 1 (9 Avril 1935).

Prague, 1935. 4to. (29.7 x 21 cm). Original printed self-wrappers; 12 pp. Some light browning, minor chipping along bottom edge of first few pages, overall very good.

The first issue of the International Surrealist Bulletin/Bulletin international du surréalisme, published by the short-lived literary and artistic Surrealist group in Czechoslovakia, Skupina surrealistů v ČSR. Founded in 1934, the group was heavily influenced by André Breton's 1924 Second Manifesto of Surrealism. Breton was invited by the group to lecture in Prague, and this bulletin contains, in parallel columns of Czech and French text, extensive quotation from Breton and Paul Éluard on the occasion of their visit. There are several illustrations, reproducing works by Jindrich Styrsky, Toyen, and Makovsky.

Skupina surrealistů v ČSR did not last long as an organization, and the group was disbanded in 1938 by its founder, Vítězslav Nezval, as a statement of his disapproval regarding many members' anti-Soviet views.

There were four issues in total published of this bulletin. No. 2 was issued by El grupo surrealista de Paris and Gaceta de arte, Tenerife, Canary Islands.; No. 3 was issued by Le groupe surréaliste en Belgique; and No. 4 was issued by The Surrealist Group in England.

Book ID: 52121

Price: $1,250.00