Lesy a ulice: verše [Forests and streets: poems].

Prague: Stanislav Mina ík, 1920. Octavo (20 × 12 cm). Original printed wrappers; 75 pp. Cover and typography throughout designed by V. H. Brunner. Three full-page linocut prints by Karel Teige. Faint crease to lower front wrapper; tiny ownership mark to title; else very good. Item #6162

One of the earliest Dev tsil publications and the first book illustrations of 19-year-old Karel Teige, still fully under the spell of cubism. Suk (Suchanek) was an early Dev tsil member, and a close teenage friend of both Teige and Jaroslav Seifert (the latter’s classmate). This is his first book; in early Dev tsil fashion, his poems explore the city’s outskirts and discover there a creative spirit. One of 1200 copies printed. Vloemans 7. KVK, OCLC show seven copies outside the Czech Republic: at Yale, Smith College, Library of Congress, Northwestern, UC Berkeley, IISG, and SLUB Dresden.

Price: €600.00