Osudná vejce [The Fateful Eggs]. Knihovna dobrých autoru [Library of good authors], vol. 186
Knihy dobrých autoru,
Octavo (22.5 x 14 cm). Original pictorial wrappers; 101,  p. A very good copy, unusually well-preserved with only light wear to overlapping wrapper edges and spine strip lightly rubbed; the gatherings are unstapled, as customary for Czech "broz" paperbacks of the time. Rare first Czech edition of this bizarre tale by the master of Russian satire, translated by Lala Zna kovská-Neumannová and published by Kamilla Neumannová. "The Fateful Eggs" was first printed in the Soviet journal Nedra (no. 6, 1925) and appeared in a collection of stories entitled The Diaboliad (also 1925). The wrappers are illustrated by a surrealist photomontage by a Vladimir Golovin. We can find no Czech or Russian avant-garde artist by this name, which is likely a pseudonym. The design, stylistically evokative of Toyen as well as Rodchenko, does not appear to have been used in any other editions, nor were we able to identify its components in other works. Rare and desirable, especially in such good condition.
Not in Toman 2009. KVK, OCLC show copies at the Czech National Library, Harvard, and San Francisco Public Library only.