(Praha), Otokar Štáfl, Krásné Knihy 2, s.d. (1912).
4to, publisher’s binding of full black blind-ruled calf, first side lettered in gilt and adorned with a small semi-precious red oval stone at each corner of rule, decorative doublure and endpapers with repeated motif in white, red and black, untrimmed. (56) pp. Czech text. Translated into Czech by Julia Schmitt, from the second edition published by Methuen & Co. (London); the text was first published in French in 1891. Two title-pages with elaborate decorative border in gold, red and black, text printed within decorative borders in red and gold, 8 original woodcut plates delicately coloured by the artist Otokar Štáfl, who also designed the general layout of the book. Complete.
First and only edition of a rare Czech version of Oscar Wilde’s famous one-act tragedy, and a fine example of Czech book design and illustration. Otokar Štáfl (1884-1945), noted Czech painter, graphic artist and film pioneer. He was educated in the private school Ferdinand Engelmüller and at the State School of Applied Arts in Prague. He had his first independent exhibition of paintings in 1907. He subsequently also worked as a book illustrator and as a graphic artist, designing numerous bookplates and some the most important Bohemian posters during the period 1910-1912. In the field of cinema he collaborated with Max Urban’s film production company Fotokinema (later ASUM) in Prague.
One of only 110 numbered copies privately printed by the artist.
One copy in the Oscar Wilde collection of the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, UCLA, U.S.A.
A fine copy.
Price: 1.800,00 euros
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