London, South Kensington
19 May 2009
Abeceda Dusevniho Prazdna -- Alphabet of Spiritual Emptiness. Prague: Zadura Nakladelstvi, 1946.
Quarto (239 x 210 mm). 45 black and white photographs. Original card-covers, original dust-jacket, custom box and slipcase (dust-jacket with a very few very short repaired tears). Provenance: Athos (Prague bookseller; sold to:) -- Vaclav Macek (invoice dated 1948 laid-in).
FIRST EDITION, IN AN EXCELLENT EXAMPLE OF THE RARE DUST-JACKET -- a very uncommon survival. 'A remarkable document of his war experiences (psychological and otherwise). It is also a beautifully produced, if fragile, book' (The Photobook). 'The dark, impressionistic look of Tmej's photographs is the result of working indoor with a concealed camera and only the dimmest available light' (101 Books). 101 Books, pp.124-25; The Open Book, pp.144-45; The Photobook,
vol. I, pp.198-99.
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