New York: Nákladem tiskového výboru časopisu “Obrana”, Dělnická družstevní tiskarna, 1929. Large octavo (25.5 × 19.0 cm). Original pictorial wrappers by Gustav Pikal; 208 pp. Closed tear to margin of first few pages; else very good. Item #6904
Rare leftist anthology of art and literature (both original texts and works in translation), issued by Czech immigrants in New York in the years 1926, 1928–33, and 1936. Richly illustrated with artwork by leading socialist-leaning artists of the time, many of which were recent immigrants to the United States. This volume contains many illustrations by the Polish-American artist Gan Kolski (1899–1932), the Czech-American Jan Matulka (1890–1972), the Hungarian immigrant artist Hugo Gellert (1892–1985), Saul Yalkert, Louis Lozowick, William Gropper, A. Walkowitz, William Siegel, Louis Ribak, along with many others. With poems and prose of Czech writers, such as Seifert, Wolker, Hora, Olbracht, and Malířová. A major feat of trans-atlantic and -cultural collaboration and an important source on nearly forgotten artists, such as Jan Matulka.
The series stands as a monument to pre-war socialist emigre culture in the United States. Pikal, the editor and designer, is an interesting, little-known figure, who would go on to issue a related journal in Chicago, titled a "journal of the Czech revolutionary peasantry" (from 1936).
KVK, OCLC only show various issues of this serial at Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Indiana, and Michigan.