Prague: Sfinx Janda, 1934. Octavo (20 × 14 cm). Original pictorial wrappers by Jindřich Štyrský and Man Ray; 310,  pp. Gatherings uncut, unopened and partially unbound as issued; wrappers with tiny edge tear and somewhat dust-soiled; else good.
Jindřich Štyrský together with Toyen founded the art movement of Artificialism, which can be understood as the painterly equivalent of Karel Teige's poetism. Both belonged to the Devětsil group and tried to develop a third position besides Constructivism and Surrealism. Their works were also exhibited in Paris and discussed by the Surrealists. In 1934 (the year of the publication of the present edition) they became founding members of the Czech Surrealist group. (See Krisztina Passuth, Treffpunkt der Avantgarden Ostmitteleuropa, Budapest und Dresden 2003, p. 152f.).
Štyrský used a photograph by Man Ray for the cover design of the edition we have here. The photograph was first published on the cover of the French magazine "VU" (see Toman).
As of November 2022, OCLC lists seven copies in North America.
Book ID: 52535