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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. Loupežnik.
    ČAPEK, Karel. Loupežnik.

    Prague : 1920

    First edition, first printing, of Čapek's scarce first work. Loupežník 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 Čapek, 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 In 1911 an unpublished version of the play was written...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. Továrna na absolutno. (The Absolute at Large.)
    ČAPEK, Karel. Továrna na absolutno. (The Absolute at Large.)

    Brno : 1922

    First edition, first printing, inscribed by the author on the first blank to the young actress Táňa Čuprová (b.1900) and dated in the year of publication. The recipient is noted in the Czech National Theatre archives as having started work there in this year, going on to become art director from 1945. It was at the Prague National Theatre that Čapek's... Learn More
    £3,750.00

    Stock Code: 139802

  3. Věc Makropulos.
    ČAPEK, Karel. Věc Makropulos.

    Prague : 1922

    First edition, first printing, of Čapek'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 Leoš Janáček's... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 130045

  4. Krakatit.
    ČAPEK, Karel. Krakatit.

    London : 1925

    First edition in English, 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 Krakatoa.... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 136864

  5. An Atomic Phantasy.
    ČAPEK, 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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