Dvacet Let Ceskoslovenske Armady v Osvobozenem State -- Twenty Years of the Czechoslovakian Army in the Liberated State. Interior Ministry, Prague, 1938. 234 pp. Large quarto. White leatherette boards with gilt title and spine. Original photo-illustrated dust-jacket. Original red cardboard printed slipcase. 72 gravure reproductions printed by V. Neubert & Sons.
While photographer Jiri Jenicek's name might be little known today, Ladislav Sutnar, who designed this volume, is one of the undisputed giants of twentieth century graphic design, having pioneered many of the practices that are still current in information graphics. Like Jan Tschichold, Sutnar synthesized European avant-gardism tendencies, which, as curator Allon Shoener has said, "provided the base for further extension of new design vocabulary and new design means".
Jiri Jenicek should be better known: he worked alongside most of the important members of the Czech photographic avant-garde in the 1920s and 1930s. He was patr of the Amateur Photography Club, which included Jaromir Funke and others. In February 1932, his work appeared alongside that of František Drtikol and Josef Sudek at the seminal "Exhibition of Modern Photography show at the Royal Photographic Society in London. His photographs of the Czech army are a fascinating blend of propaganda, straight reportage and New Objectivist aesthetics.
Bright, clean boards. Expert archival repairs reinforcing slight loss and tears to jacket; surface scuffing to front panel; hinge starting after preliminary page (binding secure and tight); slipcase lightly rubbed at extremities with NO tears or splits.