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CAPEK, Karel.

Rare books by Karel Capek, including first editions and signed first edition copies of An Ordinary Life, The Cheat, and The Absolute at Large.

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  1. Loupenik.
    CAPEK, Karel. Loupenik.

    Prague : 1920

    First edition, first printing, of Capek's scarce first work. Loupeník The Outlaw was first performed in March 1920 at the National Theatre in Prague, with the actress Olga Scheinpflugová in the central role. Scheinpflugová and Capek, who met during production of the play, were married in 1935. In 1911 an unpublished version of the play was written... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 130046

  2. Vec Makropulos.
    CAPEK, Karel. Vec Makropulos.

    Prague : 1922

    First edition, first printing, of Capek's uncommon satirical play on the theme of longevity. First performed on 21 November 1922 in the Vinohrady Theatre in Prague, the play was later produced in translation at the Arts Theatre in London, under the name The Macropulos Secret, on 8 July 1930. The work also served as the source for Leo Janácek's... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 130045

  3. 136864
    CAPEK, Karel. Krakatit.

    London : 1925

    First English-language edition, first impression, publisher's presentation copy with tipped-in slip before the half-title reading "with Mr Geoffrey Bles's Compliments". Capek's science fiction novel, first published in Prague in 1924, centres on the invention of a catastrophically potent explosive, named to echo the devastating volcanic eruption of... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 136864

  4. An Atomic Phantasy.
    CAPEK, Karel. An Atomic Phantasy.

    London : 1948

    Second UK edition, first impression, and the first edition with this title; first published in Czech titled Krakatit in 1924, with the first English edition, translation by Lawrence Hyde, published by Geoffrey Bles under the same title in 1924. Learn More
    £85.00

    Stock Code: 97954

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