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Bozstva a kulty [Divinities and cults].
Prague: self-published (tip. Politika) 1910 - Octavo (22.5 × 19 cm). Original pictorial wrappers; [21] pp., [6] leaves of plates, of which five color woodcuts; thirteen small vignettes in the text. Wrappers professionally restored to lower corners and edges; internally fine, with the plates in bright color. First edition of this book of occult-themed verse, accompanied by five full-page color woodcuts by the visionary mystic Czech painter and graphic artist Josef Váchal (1884–1969). The poet Simánek (1883–1959) was a member of the hermeticist group Universalia and the symbolist movement Sursum, both of which were heavily influenced by occult theosophical and occult interests. Though a major Czech modernist writer, and considered by some a pioneer of Czech science fiction, Šimánek is today largely neglected. An important collaboration between poet and artist, combining attractive typography with Váchal’s evocative and exotic color woodcuts. This is copy 179 of only 260 numbered copies. The colophon notes that “no new editions of this book will ever be printed,” suggesting that Váchal’s printing blocks were to be destroyed after its production. Sánka 131. KVK, OCLC show the copies at the Austrian National Library, Penn State, and University of Illinois. [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]
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