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Design by Karel Teige

Velká zkouška demokracii [La grande épreuve des démocraties; the great trial of democracies].

Prague: Melantrich, 1948. Octavo (22.5 × 15 cm). Original cloth-backed decorative boards; pictorial dust-jacket; 116, [4] pp. Very good; dust jacket very lightly discolored and age-toned to verso; in protective mylar.

Second printing (2000-3000), the hardcover version, of the Czech translation of "La grande épreuve des démocraties. Essai sur les principes démocratiques : leur nature, leur histoire, leur valeur philosophique," by the French philosopher Julien Benda. Teige was a formative member of the avant- garde movement “Devětsil” and served as a key conduit for West European avant-garde and surrealist tendencies to the Czech Republic in the interwar period, in addition to his own prolific work as an editor, graphic designer, and theoretician. Pictured as no. 524, p. 208, in Karel Teige a typografie.

Book ID: P6865

Price: $150.00