Unique constructivist cover design by Jiŕí Kroha for Dvořák’s “mob drama”, 1922

Arnošt DVOŘÁK; Jiŕí KROHA: Král Václáv IV. [King Wenceslaus IV]. 3rd edition. Signed cover design by Jiŕí Kroha. Prague: Zora (Knapp) [1922].

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Arnošt DVOŘÁK; Jiŕí KROHA: Král Václáv IV. [King Wenceslaus IV]. Drama o pěti dějstvích [A Play in 5 Acts]. 3rd edition. Signed cover design by Jiŕí Kroha. Prague: Zora (Knapp) [1922].

8vo. 120 p. [(1-12), 13-119, (1)]. Original publisher's illustrated wrapper with brown printing on cream stock on machine-mould paper.

3rd edition of Dvořák's mob drama with a unique constructivist cover design.

Contents: Play by Czech playwright, theater director and translator Arnošt Dvořák (1881-1933), well known for his historical themes and a pioneer of the so-called "mob drama", with the principle role played by the crowds, rather than individual heroes. The 1st edition of this play was published in 1910, a 2nd edition only one year later, both covers of those editions being unspectacular.

Illustration: The cover design for preceded 3rd edition by Jiŕí Kroha (1893-1974), a Czech modernist architect and designer is all but this: probalby originally executed as ink drawing, he sketched the face of the medevial Bohemian king Wenceslaus IV in constructivist manner, clear structure and strong colour.

Condition: Cover with one small crease and minimally time-stained, otherwise very well preserved copy of this particularly rare edition

Reference: Not in Primus and Vloemans.