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Rozpravy Aventina. List pro kulturu, umeni, kritika a zvlaste literaturu. 1925-34 (all published)
Prague: Aventinum 1925 - Folio 48 x 32 cm, 9 annuals in 7 vols. (all published), 130, 228, 250, 398, 504, 474, 324, 72, 134 pp. A weekly and sometimes biweekly magazine which showcased all the contemporary visual arts, film, music, and literature. with greatest emphasis on the Czechoslovak world but embracing the international scene in a spectacular newspaper format. It is most renowned with the covers of the fifth year by Adolf Hoffmeister, whose caricature portraits of avant-garde luminaries both Czech and abroad have reached greatest exposure and established as cultural icons of the day, but only in the post-communist era. It is now an historical fact that interwar Prague was the most open city of the era, possibly overtaking Paris and New York as a center of discourse and exchange of ideas artistic and political. This weekly magazine included reviews of important exhibitions, interviews with artists and authors, essays on all the artists and richly illustrated with drawings, graphics and photos: a document comprehensive in scope. The contributors over the course of Rozpravy's life read like the full gazetteer of important avant-garde figures in Western and Eastern Europe. Full sets of this journal are very rare, with most libraries holding only incomplete sets. The full set is massive, weighing in at 37 lbs before shipping. Annuals 1-6 in various bindings and overall very good, 7 through 9 are loose and darkened in the center page and good to very good. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
      [Bookseller: Michael Fagan Fine Art & Rare Books]
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