[CZECH CONSTRUCTIVIST MAYAKOVSKY, SIGNED] 150,000.000.
Praha: Melantrich, 1945. 104 pp.: ill. 31x22 cm. In original illustrated wrappers. Few pages detached, slightly rubbed.
Second edition of the first Czech translation. Copy signed by translator. Constructivist cover design and 9 original lithographies were made by avant-garde artist Václav Mašek (1893-1973).
The Czech version of this epic propaganda poem was published before Mayakovsky appeared in Prague himself. It was translated in 1925 by an expert on Russian literature Bohumil Mathesius (1888-1952). Two years later Mayakovsky burst in the Czech crowd with his loud weighty poem ‘150.000.000’ and people already knew him.
The second edition was published shortly after World War II with new design and afterword by Mathesius. Two hundred copies from printrun were chosen and signed by translator or artist.
Worldcat shows 3 copies located at University of Colorado Boulder, Getty Research Institute and Harvard College.