Sofia: Khemus, 1936. Octavo (17.7 × 12.8 cm). Original pictorial wrappers by Sirak-Skitnik, and with a sketch of the author by Ilia Beshkov; 164,  pp. Signed and inscribed by Minkov in 1936. About very good; wrappers very lightly discolored and lightly worn to hinges.
Collection of five short stories by Svetoslav Minkov (1902-1966), a Bulgarian modernist writer who began his career as an expressionist and absurdist, pioneering the "diabolist" genre in 1922 and introducing German "supernatural" fiction into Bulgarian literature. He was influenced by the circle around Kubin and Meyrink during an extended stay in Munich (see Domenico Jacono, Bulgarian modernism, p. 64). With Sirak Skitnik's drawn cover and the author's caricature-like portrait by artist Ilia Beshkov. Skitnik (the pseudonym of Panaiot Todorov, 1884-1943) was one of the most productive and important graphic artists of Bulgarian modernist book design, whose work ranged from the Expressionism of the early 1920s to Constructivism in the early 1930s. With blurbs and reviews of the author's other published works in the back. Not in Jacono. KVK and OCLC locate only three copies, all in German institutions; none in North America.
Book ID: P003026