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MUCHA, Jirí.

The Problems of Lieutenant Knap.

Translated from the Czech by E. Osers.

Published: London: The Hogarth Press, 1945

Stock code: 107712

Price: £150

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First edition, first impression, preceding its publication in the original Czech (as Problémy nadporucíka Knapa) by a year. Ewald Osers was a noted translator of Czech, Slovak and German; of Jewish origin, he left his native Prague for England in 1938 and spent more than 40 years working for the BBC Monitoring Service.

Octavo. Original orange cloth over flexible boards, gilt-lettered spine. With the Michael Ayrton-designed dust jacket. Front free endpaper inscribed in German “Für Maria, Ein Sühnopfer für langen Schweigen, Dezember 1953″*. Spine very gently rolled, uneven tanning to free endpapers, light toning to contents as usual. A very good copy in the dust jacket slightly sunned on the spine.

Bibliography: "For Maria, in atonement for the long silence, December 1953"

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