18 May 2006
JINDRICH STYRSKY AND JINDRICH HEISLER (author)
Na jehlach techto dni -- On the Needles of These Days. Design by Karel Teige. Prague: F.R. Borovy, 1945. 8° (210 x 150mm). 28 black and white photographs. (Spotting in margin of first few leaves.) Original pictorial wrappers (text block sprung, light spotting, wear, and sunning to wrappers).
FIRST TRADE EDITION, following the very rare small, clandestine edition of 1941 published with original tipped-in silver gelatin prints. 'This remains a haunting photobook, 50 years after the war. It is a prime example of one of the photobook's great truths - it's not necessarily the individual pictures that count, but what you do with them' (The Photobook). 101 Books, pp.116-17 ('hallucinatory in the best Surrealist tradition... Heisler's prose text weaves a spell around Styrsky's photos'); The Open Book, pp.140-41; The Photobook, p.197.
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