Praha ve fotografii Karla Plicky [Prague, CzechRepublic]
Late 1940s Prague is captured in this large format volume of stunning monochome photographs. Praha ve fotografii Karla Plicky is, in English, Prague: In The Photos of Karel Plicka. The text is by Zdeněk Wirth, and if offers a glimpse into the city immediately in the wake of the Second World War. Karel Plicka (in Slovak: Karol Plicka) (1894 – 1987) was a Czechoslovak photographer, film director, cinematographer, folklorist, and pedagogue. He is considered a founder of Slovak film education and filmmaking, having helped establish the genre of ethnographic film in Czechoslovakia. An impressive and important work.
Prague: Ceska Graficka Unie, 1948. 214pp. Hardback with dustwrapper.
Volume and condition. Publisher's original paper covered boards over linen spine, titled and decorated in gilt to spine and front board. Minor edgewear and rubbing, a very good, attractive copy in the photographic dustwrapper, again a very nice example with some minor fraying and creasing to the extremities, most notably to the spine, where the design has cosmetically cracked. Overall, it is an impressive volume containing 208 striking black and white images with accompanying captions in four languages.