[STYRSKY, Jindrich (1899-1942) and TOYEN (1902-1980).] Eroticka revue. Volume 1, numbers 1-4 [complete]. Prague: n.p., October 1930 - May 1931.
4 volumes in one, octavo (205 x 145 mm). Two gelatin silver prints by Styrsky [170 x 120 mm, and 170 x c.70 mm], two engraved plates by Toyen, one of these hand-coloured, illustrations throughout, 7 of these hand-coloured and initialled, 5 by Toyen and 2 by Bidlo. (Light marginal dampstain in the second frontispiece, occasional light marginal soiling.) 20th-century green morocco preserving all upper and the final lower wrappers, top edge gilt (light wear and light soiling to wrappers). Provenance: Gerard Nordmann (book label).
FIRST EDITION, ONE OF ONLY 30 DELUXE COPIES WITH ADDITIONAL FRONTISPIECES BY STYRSKY AND TOYEN, and with illustrations hand-coloured and initialled by Toyen and Bidlo; the Nordmann copy. VERY RARE: AE and ABPC record no other example of any part of this deluxe issue having sold at auction. 'In the history of the freedom of thought, a special place should be reserved for this very rare periodical... characterised by its diversity of viewpoints, where a theoretical reflexion on Freud's writings sits alongside... the erotic texts of Baudelaire, Rimbaud, Swinburne... [to say nothing of] Toyen's drawings, whose humour balances the seriousness, to give this periodical its unique character' (Eros invaincu). The whole edition comprises 150 copies only, including 30 deluxe. Issues are numbered individually [IX, XI, XVI and XVI], with an overall printed limitation page, numbered XVI, bound-in at the end. Eros invaincu 107.