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Czech Modernism – Josef Váchal

Kuriosní revue [A curious review], nos. 1, 2, 3–4 (all published).

Prague (Vinohrady): self-published (distributed by Karel Zink), 1925–26. Octavos (19.2 × 15.7 cm). Original pictorial wrappers by Brož, Váchal, and Votluc̊ka; 32, 24, and 52 pp. Illustrated with woodcuts and linocuts, both full-page and as vignettes. Very good.

Complete run of this bibliophile periodical with contributions by Karel Votluc̊ka, Josef Váchal, Leo Brož, Koro Otei, Anna Macková, Emmerich Alois Hruška, and others. Edited by a relatively unknown Czech writer, artist, publisher, and cabaret artist who was a student of the famous woodcut illustrator and artist Josef Váchal. Hruška (1895–1957) was a prolific, yet marginal figure in Czech culture of the 1920–30s, who published countless books, often with his own typographic design and illustrations, and often with the intent to shock the public through ventures into eroticism, the grotesque, the occult, and science fiction.

The present journal presents reviews and updates of recent and upcoming bibliophile publications, poems and prose about book auctions and Czech book history, as well as parts of an early version of Váchal's "Krvavý román", a study and list of nineteenth century Czech penny dreadfuls (which he followed up with his own attempt at the genre).

The wrappers are original linocut prints by Brož, Váchal, and Votluc̊ka respectively, who also provided vignettes for the issues.

Each issue is numbered and one of 222 copies printed.

Sáňka 936.

As of March 2023, KVK, OCLC show six copies in North America, of which several appear to be rebound.

Book ID: 52804

Price: $1,200.00