Brno: Vladimír Matula, 1946. Octavo (22.5 × 13.8 cm). Original tan printed wrappers;  pp. of old laid paper. With an original frontis engraving by Václav Zykmund, signed in pencil, and his overall design. Signed by Halas to first page. Wrappers somewhat discolored and worn to upper spine; contents fine.
First book edition of this poem by Halas, written in 1936, at the same time as his famous collection of verse "Old women" (Staré ženy). Published as a private bibliophile edition in Brno by Vladimír Matula. With an engraving by Václav Zykmund, a founding member of the Skupina Ra group of surrealists, active from the 1940s into the post-war period. This is copy B14 of 50 from the special print run on laid paper with Zykmund's engraving. Halas (1901-1948) was a leading Czech modernist poet, an early follower of Karel Teige, who founded a Brno-branch of Devětsil, and was also influenced by Jaroslav Seifert and Jiří Wolker. He was a member of the Czech Resistance during World War II and became politically active after the war, but refused to join the Czech Writers' Union after the communist takeover. Outside the Czech Republic, KVK, OCLC show five copies, without specifying from which part of the print run.
Book ID: P6774