Prague, Praze: B. Ko?i, 1916, 1st, title page and rear publication notes, red coth spine backed paper boards with pattern of small ovals enclosing birds, oval floral border around titles, endpaper pattern of coloured pine trees and hearts, lithographs; 6.5x5.25", 16.5x13.5 cm; 56 numbered pages. Czech language.
Fischerová-Kv?chová's first book, published during the war when she was in her early 20's. Brightly coloured lithographs on each spread with a child's toy facing a scene from daily life surrounded by folkloric borders. Her earliest models of chubby children and cherubs are said to come from the maternity hospital in Prague where her husband Jan Fischer practiced. The lovely depiction of Czech folk nativity scenes reflect her religious faith which would later cause her books to be temporarily banned under Communist rule. Very scarce in first edition. One listed, in NY Public Library.
CONDITION: Good Plus; minute collector initials (Dohm) in ep gutter; spine darkened and boards rubbed to white and toned, corners rubbed to card; hard to spot, but front endpapers and child and devil spread were once glued shut (one can sympathize with the parent who did this); all other pages flat and clean with bright colours, binding tight and straight but with rep paper cracked, Item #22703