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Czech Satirical Journal

H2SO4: satyrický týdeník studentský [a satirical student weekly], vol. I, no. 1.

Prague: J. Stejskal, 1934-1935. Quarto (31 × 23 cm). Original pictorial wrappers; 10 pp. Several caricatures and vignettes throughout. Light discoloration to wrappers; else very good.

First issue of this rare Czech student journal of political and cultural satire, influenced by world events as well as avant-garde tendencies such as surrealism. The journal was published by the humorist and journalist Achille Gregor (1910-1998), who worked at E. F. Burian's D 34 theatre prior to collaborating on this short-lived periodical with the painter and caricaturist Zdeněk Tůma. This issue features caricatures by Vilém Reichmann, using the pseudonym Jappy, likely the first Czech appearance in print of O. Henry's short story "Witches' Loaves", and various shorter satirical sketches. Also an essay by Inglmayer entitled "Bordel v kosodřevině." The second issue featured a striking caricature making fun of Czech-Austrian actress Lída Baarová for her close connections with the Nazi film industry, in response to which the publishers were sued in court but later acquitted. Nevertheless the journal was forced to close in 1935. In total, eight issues were published, six in year one, and only two in year two. Very scarce, with no copies traced outside the Czech Republic as of June 2020.

Book ID: P6800

Price: $250.00