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Czech Avant-Garde – František Muzika

Mladá Jalna [Young Jalna].

Prague: Julius Albert and Cyklus Jalny, 1937. Octavo (20.3 × 14 cm). Original brochure with original pictorial dust jacket by František Muzika; 270, [2] pp. With a color plate. Gatherings uncut, unopened and partially unbound as issued and sporadically detached; wrappers with tiny edge tear and somewhat dust-soiled; else good.

Second Czech edition of the novel by the Canadian writer. 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).

As of November, OCLC lists four copies in North America.

Book ID: 52534

Price: $150.00