Brno: self-published, 1966. Quartos (30 × 21.5 cm). Original side-stapled white wrappers with typewritten title, three issues with original watercolor design to the front wrapper; 38–48 pp. of mimeographed typescript to rectos and versos. Four of the issues illustrated with small and full-page reproductions, first issue with three leaves of original photographs. All issues signed by the four members of the group. Very good copies, save for the occasional splitting to spine folds, of a somewhat fragile publication. Item #5327
[Complete Run of the Samizdat Surrealist Periodical, From the Editor’s Library].
Complete run of this rare surrealist illustrated samizdat review, issued from June 1966–1969. In Czech, with partial translations into French and some original French content. The preface to the first issue notes that the journal was published as a result of “bureaucratic hurdles” that prevented a fully illustrated, offset-printed volume. The first issue serves a kind of manifesto of the Lacoste Group, with questionnaires on the members’ views and interpretations of surrealism. The various issues contain original experimental poetry and prose, as well as reproductions of visual works – drawings, paintings, photo-montages; analysis of and hommages to various Czech and West European surrealist artists, such as Jindřich Štyrský and René Magritte; essays on the impact of politics and state censorship on surrealism; an essay by Budík on German surrealism in German; also included are reports on the various exhibitions organized by the group.
All in all, five numbers were published (numbered 1–7, but nos. 2 and 5 were never issued for censorship reasons). Issue 3 was published without page 20/21 and features four plates of illustrations; issue 4 with two plates of illustrations; issue 6 was issued without pages 17–20 due to controversial political content and is lacking an original etching by J. Havlíček sometimes included; issue 7 features three plates. Three of the issues feature an original painted cover design which slightly varies from set to set based on copies we have encountered.
The print runs range from 98 to 128 copies, with all issues numbered with a small red rubber stamp and signed by the editors. Provenance: our set comes from the personal library of Arnošt Budík, a founding member and leading propagandist of the group.
Not in KVK, OCLC; we can only trace a set at Bibliothèque Kandinsky in Paris and E. L. T. Mesens’ copy of the first issue at the Getty.