Prague: Odeon, 1928. Item #228
63,  pp.: ill. 19x13,1 cm. In later binding. Near fine, clean and sound copy. Without original wrappers.
Signed by the author postcard with author’s photograph laid in.
Legendary work containing Karel Teige’s full page typography and colored typographical design experiments. The second, but first illustrated edition. With 5 full-page, including the title page, and 6 smaller functionalist typographical compositions by Teige, printed in rose and black on cream stock. Teige’s compositions, created from geometric shapes, typographical symbols, and letters, do not harmonize with the character of the poems; rather they stand as a parallel, individual, and independent expression. Together with Biebl’s ‘Zlom’, an outstanding example of Teige’s concept of constructivist typography, in the colophon rightfully described as ‘typographical montage’.
Konstantin Biebl (1898-1951) was a Czech poet. In 1926-1927 he accomplished his voyage to Ceylon, Sumatra and Java where he learned about European settlers in the area and colonial practices towards the locals. The voyage inspired Biebl to write a well-known collection of poems and several short stories, and he returned to the topic in most of his following works.
Karel Teige (1900-1951) was a Czech modernist avant-garde artist, art critic, editor of the avant-garde journals and miscellanies. He was leading figure of the Czech avant-garde in-betweens wars. From 1923 he insisted on the integration of painting and poetry, from which emerged a new poetic genre of picture-poem. Following the program of Russian constructivists and supporters of production art, he declared the end of arts and abandonment of traditional art techniques. He was particularly interested in the books and journals’ design and usage of photomontage, posters and abstract typographical compositions executed in the spirit of Czech constructivism.