Prague: Odeon, 1927-1931. Octavos (ca. 21.8 × 17.3 cm). Later full calf with titles to spines; in cloth-covered card slipcase; preserving all front and rear wrappers; approx. 32–40 pp. per issue. Numerous photographs and illustrations per issue. Wrappers resized with very slight loss to right and lower margin of wrappers only; else very good and evidently barely read.
A rare complete run, with all front and rear wrappers, of “the most important Czech avant-garde periodical and principal platform of the Dev tsil group in the late twenties – early thirties, with texts and illustrations by by almost all major architects, artists and authors of the period. Teige’s master piece of design and one of the most attractive avant-garde magazines of the interbellum” (Vloemans, Avantgarda, 102). Thirty issues were published from 1927–1931, including special issues on Bauhaus, Soviet art, Apollinaire, Moscow May Day celebrations, French poetry, and Italian Futurism/Marinetti. The journal was the most important, and visually striking, publication of the avant-garde group Dev tsil, based around such figures as Karel Teige, Jaroslav Seifert and Adolf Hoffmeister, and the primary source of information on constructivism, poetism, and developments in West European arts. The first year contains a special issue on modern architecture (no. 5), with contributions on/by Bauhaus, Le Corbusier, Rietveld, Jaromír Krejcar, Teige, and Hoffmeister, and a special issue on avant-garde theatre (no. 7). The latter features contributions by Honzl, Nezval, Van ura, Voskovec and Werich, Obrtel, Mayerová, and Hoffmeister, especially on the "Prague Free Theatre" (Osvobozené divadlo), influenced by Dadaism and Futurism, and loosely allied with the Dev tsil Group. The other issues with contributions, including numerous leaves of plates, reproductions in the text, and typographically appealing ads (for Bauhaus, relevant publications, etc.), by M. A. Avraamov, Konstantin Biebl, Degas, Julius Fucik, Man Ray, Philippe Soupault, Paul Strand, Hans Arp, Apollinaire, Blaise Cendrars, Chaplin, Giorgia de Chirico, Theo v. Doesburg, Julius Fucik, El Lissitsky, Moholy-Nagy, Piet Mondrian, Otokar Mrkvicka, Max Ernst, L. Feininger, Paul Klee, E. Linhart, El Lissitsky, Moholy-Nagy, Picabia, Piscator, Zdenek Rossmann, J. Seifert, Ives Tanguy, V. Tatlin, L. Theremin, Tristan Tzara, and many others. Among the highlights of volumes two and three are the Marinetti issue, an issue dedicated to Apollinaire, the "Foto film typo" issue, an issue devoted to the surrealist group "Le grand jeu", an issue containing Teige's study on the sociology of architecture. They also feature many contributions by Nezval, Rimbaud, Brouk, Le Corbusier, Leger, Malevich, Moholy-Nagy, Dziga Vertov, Tschichold, and others, and artworks by Grosz, Le Corbusier, Picasso, Bohuslav Fuchs, Toyen, Feininger, Styrsky, Paul Klee, van Doesburg, etc. This run also preserves all front and rear wrappers, which feature valuable information and adverts for contemporary publications, exhibitions, and other events. Book ID: 50071