Item #60617 Z Mého D tství [From My Childhood]. Helena Bochorakova-Dittrichova.
Z Mého D tství [From My Childhood]
Z Mého D tství [From My Childhood]
Z Mého D tství [From My Childhood]
Z Mého D tství [From My Childhood]
Z Mého D tství [From My Childhood]
Z Mého D tství [From My Childhood]

Z Mého D tství [From My Childhood]

Praha: Orbis, 1929. Hardcover. SIGNED. Sextodecimo. Patterned red cloth over boards. There are a couple of small stains on the fore-edge of the text block, and the pages are toned. Else, very attractive. In a thin card slipcase with the title and author written in pen on the spine. Item #60617

Signed by Bocho áková-Dittrichová in pencil on title page. With an introduction by Arne Novák, Czech literary critic and historian. Preceded by a limited edition of 50 hand-numbered copies on Ullersdorf paper and 10 signed and numbered copies on Japan paper.

Z Mého D tství is the first wordless novel created by a woman. Issued in the same year as Lynd Ward's celebrated Gods' Man, it tells the story of Bocho áková-Dittrichová's provincial girlhood. Largely a series of vignettes, the woodcuts capture snatches of the quotidian rituals and terrible mysteries of youth, all penetrated with the recurring motif of rays of light.

Helena Bochorakova-Dittrichova (1894-1980) was the first female wordless novelist and the only woman to work in this medium during its heyday. She was born in the Moravian region of what is now the Czech Republic and spent most of her life in Brno, the Moravian capital. She graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague and in 1923 received a government scholarship to study printmaking in Paris. Bochorakova-Dittrichova's unpublished wordless novel Malí ka Na Cestách [The Artist on Her Journey] recounts this period in her life. In Paris, she first encountered the wordless novels of Flemish artist Frans Masereel, the originator of the form, and was inspired to create her own. Over the course of her long career, Bochorakova-Dittrichova published several wordless novels, along with travelogues and historical works. She also worked as a printmaker and illustrator, and was highly regarded in her native land, though largely unknown elsewhere. This changed in 2014, when the National Museum of Women in the Arts held an exhibition of her work entitled "The First Woman Graphic Novelist: Helena Bochorakova-Dittrichova," and this important artist finally began to gain global recognition. Her work, however, is still not widely available.

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