Prague: Devětsil, 1923. Small octavo (18 × 13 cm). Publisher’s printed wrappers; 13,  pp. of text, 8 full-page black-and-white reproductions of Archipenko's works on better stock, all loosely inserted into the fragile green wrappers, as issued. Inscribed by Teige to the French Futurist poet Nicholas Beauduin, and with his calling card tipped in to front wrapper. Professional restoration to spine and edges; very good. Item #6693
Rare catalogue for Ukrainian-born sculptor Alexander Archipenko’s 1923 exhibition in Prague. Karel Teige’s first published book, comprising his essay about the artist, a list of works exhibited, and eight reproductions. The typographic design, reminiscent of the Devětsil anthology, is also by Teige, with his characteristic Dada-inspired use of mandibles on the rear wrapper. This copy is inscribed by a young Teige to the French Futurist poet Nicholas Beauduin: "Á Monsieur Nicholas Beauduin, hommage de sympathies, Charles Teige, Prague 1923.” Also included is Teige's calling card from the early Devětsil years, when he lived with his parents on Černá Street in Prague 1. Often seen as a precursor of Futurism, Beauduin’s movement, Paroxysme, derives from his admiration for Verhaeren’s asthetics. Yet developing in 1911, the movement was a contemporary rather than a predecessor of Futurism. Similar influences can be seen in the view of art as a dynamic process and the need for a sense of beauty to reflect man's relationship with machines. In 1913 Apollinaire praised Beauduin, along with Marinetti, in his manifesto “L'Antitradition futuriste.” The Archipenko exhibition in April 1923 at the Krasoumná jednota spaces is considered a ground-breaking event for Devětsil, whose activities had previously been limited to lectures and recitals.