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ČAPEK, Karel.

Věc Makropulos.

Komedie o třech dějstvích s přeměnou.

Aventinum, Prague , 1922 Stock Code: 130045
£1,500.00
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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 penultimate opera, The Makropulos Case; Janáček saw the play in December 1922 and soon began a correspondence with Čapek to discuss the adaptation, which premiered at the National Theatre in Brno on 18 December 1926.

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Description

Octavo. Original patterned paper wrappers, titles to spine in black, edges untrimmed. Housed in a custom green cloth flat-backed box.

Illustrations

Wrappers designed by Josef Čapek. Text in Czech.

Condition

Spine and cover edges faintly browned, small mark to head of front and rear cover, slight creasing to extremities; a very good, remarkably bright, copy.

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