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Křížové sestry [z ruštiny přel. Ladislav Ryšavý: původními dřevoryty vyzdobil František Horký] [Sisters of the Cross: translated from the Russian by Ladislav Ryšavý and illustrated with original woodcuts by František Horký].; Knihy dobrých autorů, sv. 130-131.

Prague: Kamilla Neumannová, [1916]. Octavo (21.8 × 14 cm). Original pictorial wrappers with a woodcut design by Horký; 157, [2] pp. Small nick to lower spine; light wear to overlapping wrapper edges; still about very good.

First and only edition thus of this Czech translation of Remizov's "Krestovye sestry," the 1910 symbolist novel. Aleksei Remizov (1877-1957) was one of the most versatile and idiosyncratic Russian writers of the twentieth century, known for his complex ornamental narrative style, his fascination with the Russian oral tradition, a deep interest in dreams and the surreal, and his illustrations, which combine elements of calligraphy with folkloric themes. In 1921 he left Russia, eventually settling in Paris, where he spent the rest of his life in poverty and relative obscurity, in spite of his prolific output and reputation as one of the most significant Russian writers of the twentieth century. With an interesting secession-inspired cover illustration and several vignettes throughout by František Horký (1879-1936), a Czech painter and graphic artist who had studied in Munich, Paris, and the Netherlands, and was active in landscape painting and illustrations for fairy tales. As of April 2020, KVK, OCLC only show the copy at the Czech National Library.

Book ID: P4883

Price: $225.00