Zastřený profil [Blurred profile]. Signed by Štyrský.

Prague: self-published, 1940. Octavo (19 × 13 cm). Original pictorial wrappers by Zdenka Braunerová; text loosely inserted as issued; [6], 12, [4] pp. Woodcut title and vignette to p. 15 by Braunerová and with Jindřich Štyrský's "imaginary portrait" of Lautréamont on p. 5. Signed by Štyrský. A fine copy. Item #5528

Privately printed re-edition of this essay on Lautréamont, with woodcut designs by the painter Zděnka Braunerová, reproduced from the 1910 first edition, a book of art and literary criticism. Marten (1883-1917) was a Czech Catholic symbolist writer inspired by Joris Karl Huysmans, Oscar Wilde, and the Czech decadent writer Jiří Karásek ze Lvovic. He died after being wounded during WWI. With the stunning "imaginary portrait" of Lautréamont by Jindřich Štyrský dated 1939. Published by Štyrský and Stanislav Kohout as a privately printed gift for friends in 300 numbered copies, this being no.132, which has also been signed by Štyrský below the colophon.

This title was highlighted in the exhibition "Maximum Imaginativeness: Modern Czech Book Design, 1900–1950" at the University of Toronto in 2015.

Outside of the Czech Republic, KVK and OCLC only show the copies at Chicago, the Getty, Toronto, and Yale.

Price: €300.00