Praha: Fr. Borovy, 1945. So-called second edition. (The first edition, published in 1941 with original tipped-in photographs is virtually unobtainable.) Octavo. Czech architect Pavel Janak's copy, with his small bookplate and ownership signature dated in 1945. He was the leading theorist of the Czech Cubist movement, and one of the seminal figures in Czech modernism. 28 gravure illustrations by Styrsky with accompanying text by Heisler. Designed by Karel Teige. A haunting volume with images of dismembered mannequins, shadowy shop windows, decontextualized religious icons, masks, dolls, and close-ups of ruined architecture. Crucial book in the both the Surrealist and Czech canons (Parr / Badger, v1, 197; Roth 116-117; Open Book 140-141; Auer 308). Near fine in photo-illustrated wrappers, lacking the plain glassine jacket. Housed in a custom clamshell box. Uncommon in such nice condition.