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Czech Avant-Garde – František Muzika

Na úskalí: román [On the cliff: a novel]. Jihoslovanská knihovna, svazek 4 [South Slavic Library, volume 4, series title].

Prague: L. Mazáč, 1938. Octavo (20.3 × 14 cm). Original cloth with original pictorial dust jacket by František Muzika; 385, [7] pp. Front endpaper and title with stamp of a a private library ("d. Mikysky"); else very good.

Although less well-known than Teige, Štyrský, and Sutnar, Muzika (1900–1974) was a key representative of the Czech avant-garde and a founding member of Devětsil. Active in a wide range of media and other endeavors, including painting, graphic design, set design, illustration, directing, and teaching, Muzika also created a range of experimental book covers beginning in the late 1920s. He served as art director of the publishing house "Aventinum," adding his own covers which "in their simplicity and use of white space ... represent a distinct step beyond the rich poetist cover" (Jindřich Toman, Photo/Montage in Print, p. 197).

Translated by Bohuš Vybíral. Second edition with this design by Muzika.

Vloemans 373; not in Toman.

As of September 2022, OCLC locates two holdings (including one of the first edition designed by Muzika) in North American institutions.

Book ID: 52353

Price: $100.00