Špatně rozdané karty [Badly dealt cards, 1964-1968].; Edice Petlice, volume 105.

Prague: [Edice Petlice], 1977. Octavo (20 × 15 cm). Original blind improvised cardboard binding with light blue plastic covers; typescript to rectos only; on thin rice paper; [2], 2-103, [1] leaves, [1] leaf of plates. Signed by the author on the title page. About very good. Item #2534

According to a brief note by the author, the poems in this collection were written from 1964 to July 1968, and were to be published by the Práce (Labor) publishing house in 1969, but copies of the book were destroyed by the publisher following the Soviet invasion. Jaromír Hořec (1921-2009) was a famous Czech poet, journalist, and publisher, who founded the samizdat series “Česká expedice” (Czech expedition).

With an attractive lithograph illustration in the style of geometric abstraction typical of unofficial Czechoslovak art in the 1960s, by internationally renowned artist Stanislav Kolibal (signed and dated SEK 77). In the 1960s, Kolibal was a member of the influential group UB12 and participated in numerous exhibitions.

Edice Petlice (Padlock Edition) was an important samizdat edition, which issued approximately 400 titles between 1973 and 1989 and received perhaps the widest circulation among Czechoslovak samizdat series. As its founder, writer Ludvík Vaculík, wrote in hindsight: “[Edice Petlice] was intended as a means of helping preserve manuscripts by protecting and propagating them; by telling interested parties, particularly specialists, about new writings by well-known authors and about the new writing talents on the horizon” (Good-Bye, Samizdat, p. 125). Because Petlice became so visible abroad, the State often tried to dissuade Vaculík from publishing it, and to deter writers from submitting manuscripts. Nevertheless, Vaculík stated that Petlice had six typists at its peak. According to Vaculík's recollections, this title was among other Petlice editions confiscated during a search in 1975. “Bez souhlasu autora neni opisovani dovoleno.” One of twenty-two copies with this lithograph (numbered 7/22). “Zakaz dalsiho opisovani rukopisu.” “Vyslovny zakaz dalsiho opisovani rukopisu.”

KVK, OCLC show copies at Harvard (apparently a photo reproduction), Konstanz University, and the University of Toronto.

Price: €300.00