Prostejov: Vydavatelský spolek v Prostejov, 1945. Second printing. Softcover. Large octavo. 122pp. . Tan wrappers, illustrated with a woodcut, and lettering in black on the front cover. Illustrated title page. Pages uncut. Many leaves of the book appear to have never been actually bound in to the book block and are loose, but in order. This powerful work is a personal account and memoir of author Antonin Hruban's harrowing experience as a prisoner at the Mauthausen concentration camp in Austria. All manner of topics of daily life and personal experience are covered in this shocking and powerful work. The text of the book is accompanied throughout by woodcut illustrations from Czech painter, graphic artist and illustrator Antonin Kamenik (1886-1959). The illustrations are striking, gruesome and poetic, including 3 full-page images and 7 historiated initials. "Typographic solution", an inventive graphic, featuring a text postscript organized into the shape of a caricature of Adolf Hilter is at the back of the book, opposite p.122, written and designed by K. Pavlik. Table of contents and publishing information on the final pages. Laid in at the back of the book are three newspaper clippings in Czech, from 1946.
Text in Czech.
Wrappers with some age toning and foxing to the covers. Vertical crease on the front cover. Title page with some marking in black marker and pencil at the top right corner. Sporadic minor to light water stains to some page throughout and some age toning. Images clean and bright. Wrappers in good, interior in very good- condition overall. Extremely scarce. Protected by modern mylar. g to vg-. Item #45801