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A Key Work of the Czech Avant-Garde

Devětsil: revoluční sborník [The nine powers: a revolutionary anthology].

Prague: Večernice, 1922. Large octavo (24 × 16 cm). Original decorative wrappers on dark green paper stock; 202, [6] pp. Numerous leaves of plates and reproductions in the text. A very good, entirely unrestored copy; light fading to left edge and tiny chip to lower right corner.

A particularly handsome copy of this legendary first Devětsil publication (relatively cheaply printed and often encountered in poor condition), with typography by Karel Teige (the design using the black circle is repeated on the rear wrapper, with additional text, and on the ffep and title). The almanac was the result, in part, of Seifert and Teige's soujourn to Paris in 1922, where they met numerous key figures of the avant-garde world, such as Le Corbusier and Man Ray. The anthology reflects this new orientation away from both Soviet Proletkult aesthetics and the Czech expressionist scene, and towards a more exciting international avant-garde aesthetics encompassing a wide range of media and disciplines. With contributions by the Czech writers and poets Vítězslav Nezval, Jaroslav Seifert, Karel Teige, Karel Schulz, foreign authors such as Jean Cocteau, Yvan Goll, and Il'ia Erenburg, and shorter notices about cinema, circus, and other forms of mass entertainment. Also features numerous reproductions of works by international avant-garde artists, such as Alexander Archipenko, Marc Chagall, Tsuguharu Foujita, George Grosz, Fernand Léger, Jacques Lipchitz, Kisling, Amedeo Modigliani, Henri Rousseau, Seurat, D. P. Sterenberg, Maurice Utrillo, and Ossip Zadkine. Also contains a short summary of the Devetsil group and its activities in German, French, and Russian, as well as the advertisement for their second publication, the anthology 'Zivot' (Life). Primus 12. Vloemans 13 (the variant in orange wrappers).

Book ID: P5531

Price: $2,000.00