Seifert’s literary criticism, with a striking linocut cover design by Josef Čapek’s

SEIFERT, Jaroslav; ČAPEK, Josef: Hvězdy nad Rajskou zahradou. Fejtony [Stars above The Garden of Eden. Feuilletons]. Cover design after a linocut by Josef Čapek. Prague: Pokrok 1929

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SEIFERT, Jaroslav; ČAPEK, Josef: Hvězdy nad Rajskou zahradou. Fejtony [Stars above The Garden of Eden. Feuilletons]. Cover design after a linocut by Josef Čapek. (= Dobrá Četba [Fine Reading], 62). Prague: Pokrok 1929. 16mo. (18:12cm) 68 [4] p. Original publisher's pictorial wrapper.

First edition of this collection of some of Seifert's critical accounts on contemporary literature. As founding member of the eminent, Prague based »Devětsil« avant-garde group and major proponent of »Poetism« later nobel-prize winner heavily criticised tendencies of Social Realism in poetry upcoming in the late 1920s and therefore was thrown out of the Czech Communist party in 1929.

Josef Čapek's linocut cover design is visualising the title in a simple though effective way. Čapek originally has preferred the linocut technique ”partly out of necessity: in the postwar shortages, linoleum was one of the few cheap materials available.“ (cit. Dana: 1995, p. 21).

Cover slightly worn, edges occasionally bumped, partly with small tears, paper time-stained, otherwise fine copy.

Pomajzlová, The Book Design of Josef Čapek, 332 (colour illustr. of cover).

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Weight 1 kg