Prague: Svaz Ceskoslovenskkych Klubu, 1939-1941, 1946, 1949. Only Edition. 13 volumes, large 4to (ca. 275 x 220 mm). With more than 800 photographic plates by Avant-Garde Czech photographers. Original publisher's bindings: vols. 1-9 in decorated cloth with Avante-Garde designs by KAREL TEIGE in black, red, and gray; vols. 10-13 in original printed boards (minor shelf-wear, small blemish on cover of vol. 4; headcap of vol. 9 chipped); vols. 11 and 13 in original dust-jackets (trifle worn around edges) both protected by mylar sleeves. Overall in excellent condition, free from stamps or markings of any kind, the bindings perfectly sound, internally beautiful. This is probably the best set we will ever be able to offer. Item #3076
COMPLETE SET OF "CESKOSLOVENSKA FOTOGRAFIE," the most important annual Czech photo publication of the 1930s and 1940s, which documents a period of enormous change, not only in Avant-Garde Czech photography but in Czechoslovakia itself. Published before, during, and after WWII, during the German occupation, even well into the Soviet occupation, our set is preserved in museum-quality condition, internally immaculate.
¶ It is a remarkable fact that this series was officially issued as the "annual" yearbooks of the Czech Amateur Photography Club, and includes the works of highly influential Czech photographs such as Josef Sudek, Jaromir Funke, Villam Salka, Mikulas Pek, Jaroslav Seifert, Josef Zeman, Alois Zych, Frantisek Drtikol, Karl Mahler, Jaroslav Krupka, Mirko wagner, Josef Mikulka, Jindrich Styrsky, Karel Plicka, R. Sima, K. Muller, J. Tutsch and several of the leading Czech commercial studios. This annual publication was edited by Augustin Skarda, Josef Zeman, Josef Bures, and others; the photographs were chosen by the editorial committee of the Monthly "Fotograficky Obzor." Each volume has 64 photographic plates, with valuable technical details about negative size, shutter speed, lighting, and the camera employed, plus fascinating introductory texts, usually translated into French, English and German (in the 1946 and 1949 issues the German text is replaced by a Russian translation).
Our set is absolutely complete with all 13 volumes, including the two volumes published during the German Occupation: vol. 10: "Zeme ceska domov muj" (The Czech Country is My Home) and vol. 11: "Pamatky Cech a Moravy" (The Curiousites of Bohemia and Moravia) are in original boards (apparently following the wrappers issue). The "Occupation" volumes are by no means vehicles of German propoganda; in the words of Josef Bures, "[these] were of course designed by the period in which they had been created; these yearbooks helped to strengthen the national consciousness during the war-time. Their pictorial contents either dealt with history or were absorbed in the beauties of the Czech and Moravian country. In the first [yearbook], the photographs expressed a conscious escape from the grim presence and the admiration of the national past, in the second [yearbook] the love of the native country strengthened by suffering" (from the Preface in vol. 12).
MUST BE SEEN TO BE FULLY APPRECIATED.