Wednesday, January 13, 2010

New Acquisition





I got so pleased the other day that Elizabeth from Fine Little Day wants me to give her an advice on good book stores and second hand book stores in Prague when she comes here in spring that I went to few of them to observe the situation. And I found this H. G. Wells's book First Men in the Moon, published in 1964, in Czech, cover and illustrations by Adolf Hoffmeister. The collages have something of Jules Verne books and suddenly they become very 1950s, others look like modrnist stage designs for a theater. I would call them retro-sci-fi. Looking into that I found this site with all the images from the book shown and lots and lots and lots of books. Covers and illustrations.

Looking at the illustrations this curious Czech film comes to my mind.

9 comments:

la casita said...

so far I've only seen really good illustrations coming from Czechoslovakia!
What a great find!

Cate said...

lucky girl! how beautiful... thank you for sharing some of the illustrations with us. (and happy new year!)

123 123 said...

Great story as for me. It would be great to read a bit more concerning this topic. Thnx for posting this data.
Joan Stepsen
Gifts geek

Ritva said...

you are just the perfect person for that!

and what a great find again:)
hugs

Le blÖg d'Ötli said...

Thanks for sharing this and for the links too !!! It's very beautiful and interesting !

Fine Little Day said...

Oh my oh my oh my such good finds you´ve made there both on the web and in the stores! You have such good eye I must say. Feel even more exciting now when thinking of Prague.

Francesca said...

I love the graphics, the black and white, and the splash of vibrant color. Great acquisition.
I once owned two vintage books by the italian writer Rodari printed and illustrated in Czechoslovakia. One was about a mole wanting to get a car, and driving to the city ... I don't remember the other one just now. My boys loved them. Ii was looking for them the other day, but I couldn't find them anywhere. I must have lent them, and they were never returned. Happy weekend (I should be able to go to the post office next week, I think)

ieva jansone said...

i remember this cover from elisabeth's post! nice to have a peek inside too..

Fine Little Day said...

Our little Prague trip approaching. Can't find your mail address anywhere. Could you maybe mail me? Thanks, E.