Prague: Otto Girgal, 1929–1930. Small quartos (24.5 × 17.5 cm). Original printed wrappers; consecutive pagination, 135,  pp. Occasional illustrations. Small loss to lower right corner of first issue (not affecting text); the other issues in fine condition, in protective mylar.
Complete run of this Czech avant-garde theatre journal, which arose as a polemical forum for a less conservative, more visually inventive and experimental theatre, and was edited by the poetist writer Jaroslav Seifert. As the surrealist poet Vítězslav Nezval writes in his manifesto "The avant-garde stage" from the first issue: "Forget all theatres that don't implement the most furtive needs of your bodies and souls, forget them all" (p. 9). With theoretical essays and manifestos by F. X. Šalda, Jan Bartoš, E. F. Burian, Arnošt Dvořák, Karel Teige, Jiří Karásek ze Lvovic, Vítězslav Nezval; poetry by Halas and Hora; excerpts of plays by Nezval, Bartoš, Alfred Jarry, and others. Also contains shorter glosses about cultural events related to theatre. With drawings by Toyen, Jaroslav Král, František Muzika, and Arch. Heythum and appealing, understated typographic design throughout, to both front and rear wrappers. KVK, OCLC show copies at the British Library, Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Cambridge, Deutsche Nationalbibliothek, Getty, Harvard, Herder-Institut, and Oxford.
Book ID: P5666