Capek, The Brothers (Karel & Josef Capek)
Title 'And So Ad infinitum' (The Life of the Insects). An Entomological Review, in Three Acts a Prologue and an Epilogue
Book Condition Near Fine
Jacket Condition No Jacket
Edition First Edition
Publisher London, et.al. Humphrey Milford/Oxford University Press 1923
Seller ID 004526
London, et.al.: Humphrey Milford/Oxford University Press, 1923. The Brothers Capek, Josef (1887-1945) and Karel (1890-1938), were prominent members of the intellectual and artistic life of Europe. Karel is more famous today, due to his science fiction classics 'R.U.R." and "War with the Newts," but they were frequent collaborators, as here. Josef was murdered in Bergen-Belson; Karel escaped the same fate by expiring from natural causes before the Nazis got to him. Originally written and published in Czech, this is the First Edition in English: "The authorized translation from the Czech by Paul Selver. Freely Adapted for the English Stage by Nigel Playfair and Clifford Bax." Some consider this a better play than "R.U.R." It was certainly famous among the modernist/leftist world, who made political connections, and an Irish version was even attempted by Flann O'Brien. This is a Near Fine copy of the First Printing. Bound in plum red paper with black titling on the front. Clean text; 69 pages. No real visible wear; the front cover and spine have faded to a sort of reddish tan; else a Fine copy.. First Edition. Soft Cover. Near Fine/No Jacket. 16mo - over 5¾" - 6¾" tall. First Edition.