Prague: Československý spisovatel, . Quarto (29.5 × 18 cm). Original blind wrappers with typo-illustrated dust-wrappers; accordeon-bound leaves;  pp. With four full-page color lithographs ("graphic labyrints") by Zdeněk Sklenǎŕ and numerous pages of typographic compositions by Hlavsa. A very good copy.
Bilingual edition, with text in Latin and Czech, of John Amos Comenius' treatise "Typographeum vivum" ("The Living Printing Press"), a lengthy metaphorical comparison of his pedagogical approach to the means of producing printed books. The book was published to celebrate the five-hundredth anniversary of the appearance of the first printed book in Bohemia, in 1468 (The Trojan Chronicles). From the English-language resume: "the great seventeenth-century Czech humanist, Jan Amos Komenský ... [had] faith in the grandiose possibilities open to the printed word that can spread life-giving ideas... And, finally, it is to the second half of the twentieth century that the book owes its graphic design. This is the work of two contemporary Czech artists who have many times already shown themselves to be outstanding masters of book design and illustration -- the graphic designer and typographer Oldřich Hlavsa, and the painter, graphic artist and illustator Zdeněk Sklenář. It is no coincidence that this bibliophile publication is designed and illustrated in a way that enables the artistic aspects of its typography to create new meanings." Parallel Latin and Czech text, with Czech editorial notes and English, Russian, German and French summaries. Striking large-scale typographic design by Hlavsa, incorporating fonts such as Bodoni, Times Roman, an eighteenth-century Prague specimen, Verdi, Frutiger's Univers, and Menhart's Figural. One of 1000 copies printed.
Book ID: P4745