Prague: Odeon, 1927-1928. Octavo (ca. 23 × 18 cm). Contemporary half cloth over marbled boards; decorative leather spine labels; preserving all front and rear wrappers; approx. 32–40 pp. per issue. Numerous photographs and illustrations. Wrappers resized with very slight loss to right and lower margin; else very good.
“The most important Czech avant-garde periodical and principal platform of the Devětsil group in the late twenties – early thirties, with texts and illustrations by by almost all major architects, artists and authors of the period. Teige’s master piece of design and one of the most attractive avant-garde magazines of the interbellum” (Vloemans, Avantgarda, 102). Thirty issues were published from 1927–1930, including special issues on Bauhaus, Soviet art, Apollinaire and Italian Futurism/Marinetti. The journal was the most important, and visually striking, publication
of the avant-garde group Devětsil, based around such figures as Karel Teige, Jaroslav Seifert and Adolf Hoffmeister, and the primary source of information on constructivism, poetism, and developments in West European arts. This run, which gathers all ten issues of the first year, contains a special issue on modern architecture (no. 5), with contributions on/by Bauhaus, Le Corbusier, Rietveld, Jaromír Krejcar, Teige, and Hoffmeister, and a special issue on avant-garde theatre (no. 7). The latter features contributions by Honzl, Nezval, Vančura, Voskovec and Werich, Obrtel, Mayerová, and Hoffmeister, especially on the "Prague Free Theatre" (Osvobozené divadlo), influenced by Dadaism and Futurism, and loosely allied with the Devětsil Group. The other issues with contributions, including numerous leaves of plates, reproductions in the text, and typographically appealing ads (for Bauhaus, relevant publications, etc.), by M. A. Avraamov, Konstantin Biebl, Degas, Julius Fucik, Man Ray, Philippe Soupault, Paul Strand, Hans Arp, Apollinaire, Blaise Cendrars, Chaplin, Giorgia de Chirico, Theo v. Doesburg, Julius Fucik, El Lissitsky, Moholy-Nagy, Piet Mondrian, Otokar Mrkvicka, Max Ernst, L. Feininger, Paul Klee, E. Linhart, El Lissitsky, Moholy-Nagy, Picabia, Piscator, Zdenek Rossmann, J. Seifert, Ives Tanguy, V. Tatlin, L. Theremin, Tristan Tzara, and many others. This run also preserves all front and rear wrappers, which feature valuable information and adverts for contemporary publications, exhibitions, and other events.
Book ID: P5897