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D?lník: kalendá? na rok 1929 [The worker: calendar for the year 1929]. S Redak?ním Krou?kem Obrany upravil Gustav Pikal

D?lník: kalendá? na rok 1929 [The worker: calendar for the year 1929]. S Redak?ním Krou?kem Obrany upravil Gustav Pikal

Large octavo (25.5 × 19.0 cm). Original pictorial wrappers by Gustav Pikal; 208 pp. Closed tear to margin of first few pages; else very good. Rare leftist anthology of art and literature (both original texts and works in translation), issued by Czech immigrants in New York in the years 1926, 1928-33, and 1936. Richly illustrated with artwork by leading socialist-leaning artists of the time, many of which were recent immigrants to the United States. This volume contains many illustrations by the Polish-American artist Gan Kolski (1899-1932), the Czech-American Jan Matulka (1890-1972), the Hungarian immigrant artist Hugo Gellert (1892-1985), Saul Yalkert, Louis Lozowick, William Gropper, A. Walkowitz, William Siegel, Louis Ribak, along with many others. With poems and prose of Czech writers, such as Seifert, Wolker, Hora, Olbracht, and Malí?ová. A major feat of trans-atlantic and -cultural collaboration and an important source on nearly forgotten artists, such as Jan Matulka. The series stands as a monument to pre-war socialist emigre culture in the United States. Pikal, the editor and designer, is an interesting, little-known figure, who would go on to issue a related journal in Chicago, titled a "journal of the Czech revolutionary peasantry" (from 1936). KVK, OCLC only show various issues of this serial at Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Indiana, and Michigan.
Most: kulturní list [The bridge: a cultural journal]. Vol. I

Most: kulturní list [The bridge: a cultural journal]. Vol. I, nos. 1-12 (all published?)

Ko?í, Boh., editor Octavo (26.8 × 18 cm). Contemporary half-cloth; 144 pp (consecutive pagination). Numerous illustrations, some full-page. Wrappers not preserved; private library annotation to title; else about very good. Rare Czech avant-garde periodical, about which almost nothing is known and which appears on the market very infrequently. "Most" contains original verse by Josef Bartu?ka, Adolf Hoffmeister, Rudolf Medek, Jaroslav Seifert, Antonín Sova, Karel Toman, Ji?í Wolker and others, and translations of Apollinaire, Konstantin Balmont, Ivan Bunin, G. K. Chesterton, Edward Shanks, and a whole range of Georgian poets, Sergei Esenin, John Keats, Sergei Makovskii, Siegfried Sasoon, Igor Severianin, Emile Verhaeren. With prose by A. Hoffmeister, Artu? ?erník, Josef Kopta, Rudolf Medek, M. Pujmanová-Hennerová, Emil Vachek, and Frank Wenig, and translations of O. Henry, Maksim Gorky, Chesterton, Remizov, and Teffi. It also contains the first appearance of Karel Teige's article on modern Czech painting and sculpture, which does not appear to have been republished ("Moderní ?eské malí?ství a plastika"), as well as Jan Rambousek's polemical reply in issue no. 10-11. With reproductions of art by Jan Rambousek, A. Hoffmeister, Jan Zrzavý, and Karel Votlu?ka. Of great interest is the section "Rozhledy" featuring shorter cultural and literary news and reviews, and the results of a literary questionnaire in no. 10-11 that include answers by Karel ?apek, Antonín Macek, and F. X. ?alda. KVK, OCLC show copies of the first year at Freiburg, Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, and Indiana. The Czech National Library mentions a second year, but likewise only holds copies 1-12 of vol. I.
Novi shliakhy: literaturno-naukovyi

Novi shliakhy: literaturno-naukovyi, mystets’kyi i hromads’kyi misiachnyk [New paths: a literary, artistic and political journal], vol. I, nos. 1, 2, 8, vol. II, nos. 1, 3, 7/8 (1930); vol. III, nos. 6, 7/8 (1931)

Krushel'nytsky, Anton, editor Octavos (25.3 × 17 cm). Original decorative wrappers by Sviatoslav Hordyns'kyi; approximately 100 pp. per issue. Occasional illustrations and caricatures. Extensive publisher's ads, for the journal "Novi shliakhy" as well as books published by the editors. Very good issues; three issues with professional restoration to spine; occasional small nicks to spine extremities. Eight individual issues of this journal, an important print organ for modernist writing and social thought in Western Ukraine, which was edited by Anton Krushel'nytsky and published 1929-1932. With contributions by Antin Krushel'nytsky, Avenir Kolomiets, Iuliian Opil's'kyi, Petro Koval', Volodymyr Sichyn'skyi, Iurii Tekur, Ivan Chemeryns'kyi, M. Rozenfel'd, Sonia Haiferman, and many others. Also included are reproductions of paintings and graphic art by Oleksa Novakivs'kyi, Volodymyr Grytsenko, Sel'skyi, V. Kryzhanivs'kyi, Z. Zaryts'ka, V. Narbut, and many others, usually on better paper stock. "Novi shliakhy included on its governing board figures who represented mainstream Galicia, such as Kost Levytsky, Ilarion Svientsitsky, and Mykhailo Rudnytsky. It published the expressionist poet Antin Pavliuk, the surrealist verse of Vasyl Khmeliuk . and Hordynsky's stunning book dovers, which were influenced by expressionist graphic design. Novi shliakhy was linked to the left-leaning Western Ukrainian Artistic Union (ZUMO)" (Myroslav Shkandrij, Ukrainian Nationalism, Yale University Press, 2015, p. 140). The Krushelnytskys, a well-educated family of artists, writers, critics, and publishers, were Soviet sympathizers who met a terrible fate: after returning to live in Soviet Ukraine in 1932, both of Anton's sons were arrested and executed (Taras and Ivan). Anton Krushelnytsky himself perished in a forced labor camp in 1937. Wrappers designed by Sviatoslav Hordyns'kyi. We could not trace any complete runs of this serial in KVK or OCLC, which show various issues for 1929-1930 at Alberta, Harvard, LOC, Toronto, UCL, and Indiana (which also holds one issue for 1931).
Novi shliakhy: literaturno-naukovyi

Novi shliakhy: literaturno-naukovyi, mystets’kyi i hromads’kyi misiachnyk [New paths: a literary, artistic and political journal], vol. I, nos. 3, 6 (1929); vol. IV, no. 4 (1932)

Krushel'nytsky, Anton, editor Octavos (25.3 × 17 cm). Original decorative wrappers by Sviatoslav Hordyns'kyi; 208; 178-376, [4]; and 103, [1] pp. Occasional illustrations and caricatures. Extensive publisher's ads, for the journal "Novi shliakhy" as well as books published by the editors. Light wear to first two issues; spine of no. 4 worn; gatherings beginning to detach; still about good. Three individual issues of this journal, an important print organ for modernist writing and social thought in Western Ukraine, which was edited by Anton Krushel'nytsky and published 1929-1932. With contributions by Anton Krushel'nytsky, Avenir Kolomiets, Iuliian Opil's'kyi, Petro Koval', Volodymyr Sichyn'skyi, Iurii Tekur, Ivan Chemeryns'kyi, M. Rozenfel'd, Sonia Haiferman, and many others. "Novi shliakhy included on its governing board figures who represented mainstream Galicia, such as Kost Levytsky, Ilarion Svientsitsky, and Mykhailo Rudnytsky. It published the expressionist poet Antin Pavliuk, the surrealist verse of Vasyl Khmeliuk . and Hordynsky's stunning book dovers, which were influenced by expressionist graphic design. Novi shliakhy was linked to the left-leaning Western Ukrainian Artistic Union (ZUMO)" (Myroslav Shkandrij, Ukrainian Nationalism, Yale University Press, 2015, p. 140). The Krushelnytskys, a well-educated family of artists, writers, critics, and publishers, were Soviet sympathizers who met a terrible fate: after returning to live in Soviet Ukraine in 1932, both of Anton's sons were arrested and executed (Taras and Ivan). Anton Krushelnytsky himself perished in a forced labor camp in 1937. Wrappers designed by Sviatoslav Hordyns'kyi. We could not trace any complete runs of this serial in KVK or OCLC, which show various issues for 1929-1930 at Alberta, Harvard, LOC, UCL, and Indiana (which also holds one issue for 1931).