/Rudolf Mates, illustrator.

Vcelky Medunky Slavi I Pad, Pribehy Vceli Rodiny. [more or less The Bees From Medunky: (lemon balm)The Glory and the Fall]

Lounech: Louny: E. Fastr [1930] probably a first printing; fine brilliant composition of flowers and leaves on blue background, intricate floral endpapers in blue on cream with vignette of flying bees with baskets; title page with green floral wreath followed by page with green vignette of little bee, every page has green rules and floral strips, heads of chapters more elaborate, illustrating story to come; 6.75x9.25; 17x23.5cm; 124 pp + 2 pp ads for 1929 books. Czech language hardback.

Follows a hive of clothed bees through work, revolution, swarming, and a new home. Very beautiful illustrations and decorations, with all Mates' wonderful colour sense, but much finer line. A little treasure.

CONDITION: Very Good; no names or other marks, tight, illustrations bright and clear, white boards show light toning, red spine faded, wear on bottom edge and spine, 1/8" slant, soil on one page margin, light intermittent reading wrinkles. Item #19737

Price: $185.00

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