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Czech Surrealism and Pataphysics

Open - and scaty - art. Autoterapeutický text k ars scatologica [An autotherapeutic text towards an ars scatologica]. Ars Scatologica. scaty-art.

Prague: MERLIN, 1986. Quarto (30.5 × 22 cm). Original side-stapled green blind wrappers; xerox-printed pictorial title followed by mimeographed typescript and occasional drawn illustration, with pagination as follows: [6], AI-AIII, [3], BI-BIII, [2], CI-CIV, DI-II, EI-EVIII, FI-FIII, GI-GVI, HI-HIII, CHI-III, II-III, JI-JII, KI-IV, LI, MI-MVI, NI-NV, 001-005, [2] and one leaf with a vignette to verso. Blind wrappers lightly sun-tanned; else very good.

First and only copy of this bizarre partially illustrated work, described as an attempt at pataphysics that veers off into scatological territory, with ample influences from the sphere of theosophy and other esoteric teachings. With an epigraph from the Bhagavad Gita and a work by Egon Bondy.

Little is known about the author, Jiří Havlíček, an artist associated with the Lacoste group, a Brno-based association of post-war Czech surrealist artists, who also issued a samizdat art periodical entitled Styx between 1966 and 1969.

No. 3 of only 7 copies.

Unrecorded by us. As of March 2021, not in KVK, OCLC. No copies held by the Czech National Library.

Book ID: P6742

Price: $500.00