The Czech avant-garde designers of the 20s and 30s, with Teige as their leader, "rejected the bibliophile tradition of book design and sought instead to use avant-garde aesthetics to create simply produced books that could be made available to all. This was not merely an attempt to put modern art on a book cover but rather to rethink the entire aesthetics of the thing and so produce a modern book and a modern book cover." -The Art Institute of Chicago
The Czech translation of Proust’s masterpiece, complete in original wrappers, with book design by Karel Teige.
With simple designs, distinctive topography and titles printed in red and black, Teige’s edition of Proust is a quintessential example of his work and a classic representation of the Czech avant-garde. Praha [Prague]: Odeon, 1927-1930. Complete in 15 volumes with the supplement (Benjamin Cremieux, Marcel Proust, 1928). Octavo, original wrappers in various colors. Owner signatures. General minor wear to wrappers, fading to spines. First title page neatly detached. A monument of book design; rare in original wrappers.
Price: $1,500 .