Abeceda Dusevniho Prázdna [Alphabet of Spiritual Emptiness]. Zdenek Tmej, photographs, text Alexandra Urbanová.

Abeceda Dusevniho Prázdna [Alphabet of Spiritual Emptiness]

Praha: Zádruha, 1946. First edition. Unpaginated. Unprinted wrappers with dust jacket. Some toning, as always seen with this fragile production. The jacket has been reinforced on the verso at the edges and creases, with a chip missing from the bottom edge of the rear panel, now filled in by the reinforcement. Housed in a custom clamshell box. Roth, p. 124. Parr & Badger, v. 1, pp. 198-199.

"The subject of his book is the walking wounded- men forced to work for the conquering army. The dark, impressionistic look of Tmej's photographs is the result of working indoors with a concealed camera and only the dimmest of available light. The book itself, a small paperback made with pulpy newsprint stock, has an abject quality contradicted only by the gorgeously tactile gravure prints. Published a year after Germany's collapse and their author's release, Tmej's photos retained their aura of furtiveness and despair at the same time as they were transformed into documents of resistance and survival." -Vince Aletti, in Roth, "The Book of 101 Books." Item #2079

Price: $3,250.00

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