program 4: KULTURNÍ MESÍCNÍK ÚSTÍ N. L. DUBEN 1967 (signed by Jirí Valoch)
Ústí nad Labem, Czechoslovakia: Kulturni správa ONV, Dúm kultury pracujicich, 1967. First edition. Saddle-stapled horizontal 8vo in pictorial wrappers printed in black throughout on tan paper. 22 pp. Text in Czech. Signed by Jirí Valoch in green marker on second page.
Monthly cultural program issued in 1967 in former Czechoslovakia featuring a selection of poetry, concrete poetry, and literary and movie reviews. With a few early and notable contributions by Jirí Valoch, including two concrete poems and a three-page essay titled ‘nová poezie’ written when he was only twenty-one years old. Essay provides Valoch’s philosophical perspective on the evolution of language and concrete poetry with references to Piet Mondrian, Eugen Gomringer, Ugo Carrega, F. T. Marinetti, Pierre Garnier, and the Noigandres among others. Essay closes with a mention of Valoch’s first collective exhibition ever opening the same month as the publication of the program at the Music Theater in Ústí nad Labem. This example signed by Valoch.
At time of cataloguing, this is the only publication of the ‘nová poezie’ essay we have been able to locate online.
Very good with age toning throughout, additional toning to first and last page on account of the high acidity in the covers, and faint scattered spotting to back cover. Item #1026