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Osudná vejce [The Fateful Eggs].; Knihovna dobrých autorů [Library of good authors], vol. 186.

Prague: Knihy dobrých autoru, 1929. Octavo (22.5 × 14 cm). Original pictorial wrappers; 101, [1] pp. A very good copy; from the limited print run on better paper stock; with the usual light wear to overlapping wrapper edges; the gatherings are unstapled, as issued.

Rare first Czech edition of this bizarre tale by the master of Russian satire, translated by Lala Značkovská-Neumannová and published by Kamilla Neumannová. "The Fateful Eggs" was first printed in the Soviet journal Nedra (no. 6, 1925) and appeared in a collection of stories entitled The Diaboliad (also 1925). The wrappers are illustrated by a surrealist photomontage by a Vladimir Golovin. We can find no Czech or Russian avantgarde artist by this name, which is perhaps a pseudonym. The design, stylistically evokative of Toyen as well as Rodchenko, does not appear to have been used in any other editions. Rare and desirable, especially in such excellent condition. KVK, OCLC show copies at the Czech National Library, Harvard, and San Francisco Public Library only.

Book ID: P6502

Price: $1,250.00