Pardubice: Osvobození života, 1927. Octavo (19 × 14.5 cm). Original pictorial wrappers; 127 pp. With fourteen original linocut vignettes and full-page illustrations. About very good, uncut and unopened; spine strip lightly toned.
A highly eclectic interpretation of Czech modernist art and literature by this relatively unknown Czech writer, publisher, and cabaret artist, friend and student of the famous woodcut illustrator and artist Josef Váchal. A prolific, yet marginal figure in Czech culture of the 1920–30s, Hruška (1895-1957) published a large number of books and prints, often with his own typographic design and illustrations. His work takes frequent detours into the erotic, bizarre, and even grotesque, and walks the narrow line between modernist art, “low” culture, and commerce. He briefly edited the journal “Curious Revue” (Kuriózní revue) and published under various pseudonyms, many of them involving a pun on his last name (meaning “pear”). He remains relatively unknown and is certainly due further scholarly attention. Published by a regional art collective called “The liberation of life”, the present collection contains a curious collection of “grotesques”, short texts combining elements of reportage, feuilleton and fiction. Among the titles are: “The tale of the Ysostograph” and “The phrenologist”. KVK, OCLC show the copies at the Czech National Library and Bayerische Staatsbibliothek.
Book ID: P004177