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Czech Photomontage Book Design

Marxistická filosofie a přírodní vědy [The Marxist philosophy and the natural sciences].; Živé myšlenky, vol. 2.

Prague: Práce, 1946. Octavo (20.5 × 15.5 cm). Original pictorial wrappers with design and typography by Karel Teige; 161 [2] pp. Unopened and uncut; in protective mylar; very good or better.

A translation of the 1939 text by the British scientist and Marxist J. B. S. Haldane, with cover design by Karel Teige, the central figure of the Czech avant-garde. Teige was one of the founding members of the Devětsil group in the 1920s and responsible for a more pan-European avant-gardism in the Czech art scene. In the 1930s and 1940s, Teige worked more and more in book cover design, creating covers for science, technology, and agriculture texts like this one. This 1946 photomontage cover, with its use of diagonals and the nesting of Lenin and Marx imagery, resembles especially closely the poster and cover designs by the Soviet artist Gustav Klutsis in the late 1930s, making the Soviet influence apparent. Pictured in: "Karel Teige a typografie," no. 492. KVK and OCLC show copies only in Dresden, IISG, the British Library, and the University of Ljubljana.

Book ID: P5525

Price: $100.00