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1 Capek, The Brothers (Karel & Josef Capek) 'And So Ad infinitum' (The Life of the Insects). An Entomological Review, in Three Acts a Prologue and an Epilogue
London, et.al. Humphrey Milford/Oxford University Press 1923 First Edition Paperback Near Fine No Jacket 
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 5" - 6" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 350.00 USD
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2 Capek, Karel An Atomic Phantasy Krakatit
New York Arts, Inc. 1951 First American Edition. Hardcover Near Fine Near Fine 
New York: Arts, Inc., 1951. Karel Capek's most famous work, always on any "top 10" list of great novels of speculative fiction, is "War with the Newts." He and his artist brother Joseph were prominent members of the European avant-garde, Capek (1890-1938), a Czech Jew, avoided the death camps by dying from natural causes, a fate not accorded his brother. "Krakiatit" can be read as a foreshadowing of the nuclear dilemma, with the scientific Genie once again released from its bottle. Originally written in Czech (1922). The first English edition was published by Geoffrey Bles in 1925. George Allen & Unwin reprinted Lawrence Hyde's translation, with this new title, in 1948. This is a Near Fine copy of the First American Edition Thus, a Near Fine copy. Very scarce. Bright orange cloth binding with black lettering on the spine. Clean text; 294 pages; orange topstain. The only defect is a small bump in the middle of the rear cover. The striking dustjacket is also Near Fine; unclipped, and with just hints of edgewear. In an archival plastic protector. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First American Edition.. Hard Cover. Near Fine/Near Fine. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 350.00 USD
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3 Capek, Karel Dashenka or The Life of a Puppy
New York Henry Holt and Company 1933 First American Edition. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1933. The story of a beloved wire-haired terrier by the famous Czech author of "War with the Newts" Ostensibly a children's book, it is far beyond that, remains popular today, and is still in print. The early editions are scarce. Illustrated with drawings and photos, probably a collaboration with Capek's brother Joseph. Dashenka appeared on a stamp issued by the Czech Republic in 2010. This is a Very Good copy of the First American Edition (printed in England from the same plates). Translation from the Czech is by M. & R. Weatherall. Rust-colored cloth binding with lettering and designs in silver on the spine and front cover. Clean text; 95 pages. Small bookseller label on the FFEP. Spine has faded; slightly splayed; bubbling along the bottom of the front cover, probably from exposure to moisture. Lacking the dustjacket; in an archival plastic protector. Size: 4to - over 9" - 12" tall. First American Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 200.00 USD
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4 Capek, Karel Dashenka, or the Life of a Puppy. Written Drawn Photographed and Endured By Karel Capek
London George Allen & Unwin 1933 Second Printing. Hardcover Very Good Minus No Jacket 
London: George Allen & Unwin, 1933. The story of a beloved wire-haired terrier by the famous Czech author of "War with the Newts" Ostensibly a children's book, it remains popular today but early editions are quite scarce. Illustrated with drawings and photos, a collaboration with Capek's brother Joseph. Dashenka appeared on a stamp issued by the Czech Republic in 2010. This is a Very Good (Minus) copy of the Second Impression, published the same month as the first printing. Illustrated paper-covered boards, rather worn; in an archival plastic protector. Size: 4to - over 9" - 12" tall. Second Printing.. Hard Cover. Very Good Minus/No Jacket. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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5 Capek, Karel Fairy Tales. With One Extra to Make Weight
New York Henry Holt and Company 1933 First American Edition. Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket Joseph Capek 
New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1933. The Capek brothers were leading lights in early 20th-century modernism; Karel wrote speculative fiction that is always on lists of the top titles. Joseph was murdered in the camps; Karel beat the Nazis by dying before they could get him. Here is one of their joint projects, a Very Good (Plus) to Near Fine copy of the First American Edition, which is less common than the English version. Translation from the original Czech by M. and R. Weatherall. Tan cloth binding, with green illustrated front cover, green titles on the spine. Clean text; 288 pages. Lacking the dustjacket, with a slightly darkened spine. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First American Edition.. Hard Cover. Near Fine/No Jacket. Illus. by Joseph Capek. First Edition. 
Price: 65.00 USD
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6 Capek, Karel Hordubal
London George Allen & Unwin LTD 1934 First UK Edition Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
London: George Allen & Unwin LTD, 1934. Part of a trilogy (with "Meteor" and "An Ordinary Life") by the modernist writer most famous for "War with the Newts." Not a common title. First published in 1933; this is a Very Good copy of the First edition in English; translated from the original Czech by M. and R. Weatherall. Green cloth binding, blindstamped with the title and author on the front cover; gilt titling on the spine. Clean text; 249 pages, followed by two pages of publisher adverts for Capek's other works. Previous-owner signature (1939) on FFEP. Slight lean, and page ends a bit dusty. Spotting to the endpapers and scattered throughout. The spine has faded but the gilt remains bright. Not a beauty, but a solid copy, and rather hard to find these days.. First UK Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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7 Capek, Karel How They Do It
London George Allen & Unwin Ltd 1945 First Edition Hardcover Very Good Very Good Karel Capek 
London: George Allen & Unwin Ltd, 1945. This posthumous book collects three long essays by the famed Czech author: "How Newspapers are Done," "How a Film is Made," and "The Making of a Play," all of which Capek knew well. Green cloth binding, with sunning to the margins leaving the spine a tan or gray; black titling on the spine. Clean text; 158 pages; illustrated by Capek's drawings. Mildly bumped, with pencil notes on the FFEP. The dustwrapper is unclipped, but has edgewear, with rubbing and small chips. In an archival plastic protector.. First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good/Very Good. Illus. by Karel Capek. 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 30.00 USD
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8 Capek, Karel Intimate Things
New York G.P. Putnam's Sons 1936 First American Edition. Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket 
New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1936. Stories and essays by the famous Czech modernist who popularized the word "robot" and created several memorable classics of speculative fiction. This is a Near Fine copy of the First American Edition, which is uncommon. Translation from the original Czech is by Dora Round. Red cloth binding with gilt lettering on the spine. Clean text; i76 pages, quite bright and fresh. The spine is a bit faded (all lettering is clear), else a Fine copy. Lacking a dustwrapper. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First American Edition.. Hard Cover. Near Fine/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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9 Capek, Karel Krakatit
New York The Macmillan Company 1925 First American Edition. Hardcover Very Good Very Good Minus 
New York: The Macmillan Company, 1925. Karel Capek's most famous work, always on any "top 10" list of great novels of speculative fiction, is "War with the Newts."He and his artist brother Joseph were prominent members of the European avant-garde, Capek (1890-1938), a Czech Jew, avoided the death camps by dying from natural causes, a fate not accorded his brother. "Krakiatit" can be read as a foreshadowing of the nuclear dilemma, with the scientific Genie once again released from its bottle. This is a Very Good copy of the First American Edition, less common than the English version, which in itself is rare. Green cloth binding, with a paper label on the spine. Clean text; 408 pages. Lightly bumped; page edges with some spotting, and a slight lean. There is sunning to the spine and edges, which are now a lighter green. The paper spine label is still bright. The dustjacket, a striking modernist design, is present, and complete; it is in fragile condition, with splits along the flap edges and one starting on the spine. Chipping at the head and foot of the spine. In an archival plastic protector. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First American Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good/Very Good Minus. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 300.00 USD
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10 Capek, Karel Krakatit
New York The Macmillan Company 1925 First American Edition. Hardcover Near Fine Good 
New York: The Macmillan Company, 1925. Karel Capek's most famous work, always on any "top 10" list of great novels of speculative fiction, is "War with the Newts." He and his artist brother Joseph were prominent members of the European avant-garde, Capek (1890-1938), a Czech Jew, avoided the death camps by dying from natural causes, a fate not accorded his brother. "Krakiatit" can be read as a foreshadowing of the nuclear dilemma, with the scientific Genie once again released from its bottle. This is a Near Fine copy of the First American Edition, less common than the English version, which in itself is rare. Dark green/blue cloth binding with paper labels on the front cover and spine. Clean text; 408 pages. Hardly any wear The dustjacket is only partially present: the spine and the front cover have been tipped into the front paste-down and free endpaper; the front flap (withits $2.50 price unclipped) has been tipped onto the rear free endpaper. The various pieces of the dustjacket are in Fine condition, and Quercus assumes they were removed early in the book's life to preserve them. An interesting solution, but rather difficult to adequately describe! Quercus arbitrarily classifies these "Fine" pieces as only "Good" as an incomplete jacket. In an archival plastic protector. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First American Edition.. Hard Cover. Near Fine/Good. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 450.00 USD
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11 Capek. Karel Krakatit
New York The Macmillan Company 1925 First American Edition. Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket 
New York: The Macmillan Company, 1925. Karel Capek's most famous work, always on any "top 10" list of great novels of speculative fiction, is "War with the Newts." He and his artist brother Joseph were prominent members of the European avant-garde, Capek (1890-1938), a Czech Jew, avoided the death camps by dying from natural causes, a fate not accorded his brother. "Krakiatit" can be read as a foreshadowing of the nuclear dilemma, with the scientific Genie once again released from its bottle. This is a Near Fine copy of the First American Edition, less common than the English version, which in itself is rare. Dark blue cloth binding with paper label on the front cover. Gilt lettering on the spine; rebacked, in a very attractive way. Originally written in Czech (1922); the translation is by Lawrence Hyde. Clean text; 408 pages. ASSOCIATION COPY: a large, interesting bookplate tipped onto the front paste-down identifies the owner as the poet Howard E. Slack.This copy has hardly any wear, and is close to the best copy Quercus has seen of this book; however, there is a crease on the rear cover which limits its condition a bit. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First American Edition.. Hard Cover. Near Fine/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 350.00 USD
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12 Capek, Karel & Joseph Capek Krakonosova Zahrada ("Krakonosova Garden")
Prague (Praha) Aventinum 1929 First Thus Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket Signed
Prague (Praha): Aventinum, 1929. A scarce volume by Karel Capek (1890-1938) and his brother Josef (1887-1945). Karel is considered to be the finest modern Czech writer, most famous for his speculative fiction, such as "War with the Newts" and "R.U.R." which coined the term "robot". Karel gave credit to Josef for inventing the term. Both were members of the European avant-garde, both artists, although one is more known for his writing, and the other more for his art. Josef perished in the Bergen-Belson concentration camp. Karel evaded this fate by passing through natural causes before the Nazis could seize him. This is a Near Fine copy of "The Writings of the Brothers Capek," the First Edition Thus. This volume in the series containins "Krakonosova Garden," which dates from 1918. Gray cloth binding with lettering in black and red. Clean text; 137 pages. This copy has been SIGNED on a front endpaper by BOTH Carl and Joseph Capek. (Quercus, certainly not an expert on Eastern European languages, is uncertain, but suggests the possibility that "III. VYDANI" on the Title Page refers to this as the "Third Volume"; translation softwear comes up with "III Release," so possibly the Third Edition.) Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. Signed by Author. First Thus. Hard Cover. Near Fine/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 650.00 USD
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13 Capek, Karel Letters from England
London Geoffrey Bles 1925 Later Printing Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
London: Geoffrey Bles, 1925. Coiner of the word "robot" and author of "The War with the Newts" the great Czech writer also did travel books.This is a Very Good copy of the 5th Printing of the First Edition in English. Translation from the Czech by Paul Selver; illustrated with sketches by the author. Purple cloth binding with gilt lettering on the spine (which has faded to an even brown). Clean text; 192 pages. Minor offset to the endpapers. Previous-owned inscription on the FFEP. Uncommon. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. Later Printing. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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14 Capek, Karel Letters From England
London Geoffrey Bles 1925 Later Printing. Hardcover Very Good Minus No Jacket 
London: Geoffrey Bles, 1925. Coiner of the word "robot" and author of "The War with the Newts" the great Czech modernist writer also did travel books.This is a Very Good (Minus) copy of the 5th Printing (June 1925) of the First Edition in English. Translation from the Czech by Paul Selver; illustrated with sketches by the author. Purple cloth binding with gilt lettering on the spine. Clean text; 192 pages. Bookplate and previous-owner signature on the FFEP for "Ada Cunningham." (Quercus offers speculation only whether this might be the wife of the British mathemetician Ebenezer Cunningham.) The spine has faded to brown, although the gilt lettering is still bright and clear. Covers are a bit rough, with evidence of a label removal on the rear one. Lacking the dustwrapper. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. Later Printing.. Hard Cover. Very Good Minus/No Jacket. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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15 Capek, Karel Letters From Spain
London Geoffrey Bles 1932 Fourth Printing. Hardcover Very Good Minus No Jacket 
London: Geoffrey Bles, 1932. The well-known author of "The War with the Newts" was also a travel writer. This is a Very Good (Minus) copy of the fourth printing of the First English edition. Translated from the original Czech by Paul Selver. Numerous line drawings. Red cloth binding with gilt lettering on the spine. Clean text; 192 pages. Text is bright, with foxing typically confined to the endpapers. Spine is a bit dulled, and there is a 1/4" tear at the foot. The front free paper has been removed. A sound copy, not beautiful, but good for reading. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. Fourth Printing.. Hard Cover. Very Good Minus/No Jacket. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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16 Capek, Karel Meteor
New York G.P. Putnam's Sons 1935 First American Edition. Hardcover Near Fine Very Good 
New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1935. Karel Capek is famed for his first use of the word "robot," and his iconic novel "War with the Newts." He was nominated for the Nobel prize seven times. This is the second volume in his "Noetic Trilogy" (the others are "Hordubal" and "An Ordinary Life"). First published in Prague in 1934; this is a Near Fine copy of the First American Edition, translated by M. & R. Weatherall. This is a scarce title, certainly the hardest to find within the Capek canon. Dark blue cloth binding with silver lettering on the front cover and spine. Clean text; 256 pages, very bright and fresh. The dustjacket is bright and unclipped, with the original $2.00 price, but shows some edgewear, with some chipping and a closed tear on the rear; at some time the top edge was rolled over, and about 1/8" of the top front panel and head of the spine is missing. in an archival plastic protector. A superior copy of this rare work from the early Twentieth-century avant-garde.. First American Edition.. Hard Cover. Near Fine/Very Good. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 500.00 USD
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17 Capek, Karel Meteor
London George Allen & Unwin LTD 1935 First Edition Hardcover Very Good Very Good 
London: George Allen & Unwin LTD, 1935. Karel Capek is famed for his first use of the word "robot," and his iconic novel "War with the Newts." He was nominated for the Nobel prize seven times. This is the second volume in his "Noetic Trilogy" (the others are "Hordubal" and "An Ordinary Life"). First published in Prague in 1934; this is a Very Good copy of the First English Edition, translated by M. & R. Weatherall. An uncommon to scarce title, certainly the hardest to find within the Capek canon. This is a Very Good copy of the First English Edition. Gray cloth binding with fluorescent orange titling on the spine and front cover. Clean text; 256 pages, nicely bright and supple. Some light spotting to the fore-edge. Rubbed and darkened around the margins. The scarce dustwrapper, an iconic Modernist design, is unclipped, but shows chipping around the edges; some larger triangular chips at the foot of the spine and upper corner of the front panel. In an archival plastic protector. A solid copy.. First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good/Very Good. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 400.00 USD
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18 Capek, Karel Meteor
London George Allen & Unwin LTD 1935 First UK Edition. Hardcover Very Good No Jacket 
London: George Allen & Unwin LTD, 1935. Karel Capek is famed for his first use of the word "robot," and his iconic novel "War with the Newts." He was nominated for the Nobel prize seven times. This is the second volume in his "Noetic Trilogy" (the others are "Hordubal" and "An Ordinary Life"). First published in Prague in 1934; this is a Very Good copy of the First English Edition, translated by M. & R. Weatherall. An uncommon to scarce title, certainly the hardest to find within the Capek canon. This is a Very Good copy of the First English Edition. Gray cloth binding with fluorescent orange titling on the spine and front cover. Clean text; 256 pages, very bright and supple. Previous-owner bookplate on the front paste-down. Mildly bumped and with wear around the margins. Lacking a dustwrapper; in an archival plastic protector. . First UK Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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19 Capek, Karel President Masaryk Tells His Story. Recounted By Karel Capek
London George Allen & Unwin 1942 Later Printing. Hardcover Very Good Plus Very Good Plus 
London: George Allen & Unwin, 1942. Tomas Masaryk (1850-1937) was a founder, and the first President, of Czechosovakia, acknowledged as the strongest democracy in Europe until its occupation first by Germany and then the Soviet Union. "Karel Capek, creator of the Robot, was not merely a great artist or even a great satirist - he was a demorat with a social conscience who clearly saw the dangers which threatened mankind in the modern age" (from the dustwrapper). Originally published in 1934; translated from the original Czech. This is a Very Good (Plus) copy of the Third Impression of that First English Edition, rather interesting due to its wartime nature. Bright yellow cloth boards with green lettering on the spine. Clean text; 302 pages. Slight splay, and a few scattered spots on the covers. Quercus awards it a "Plus" due to the quality of its wartime paper and its brightness. The dustwrapper is also Very Good Plus: bright and unclipped, with only some light edgewear and soil. In an archival plastic protector. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Later Printing.. Hard Cover. Very Good Plus/Very Good Plus. Dust jacket present. 
Price: 45.00 USD
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20 Capek, Karel R.U.R. (Rossum's Universal Robots) A Fantastic Melodrama
Garden City Doubleday, Page & Company 1923 First American Edition. Hardcover Very Good (Plus) No Jacket 
Garden City: Doubleday, Page & Company, 1923. This is a Very Good (Plus) copy of Capek's famous play that popularized the word "robot" for the first time. Originally published in Prague in 1920, this is the First American Edition. A highly-sought and scarce title in dystopian/speculative literature. Bright orange cloth binding, ruled and titled in black. Designated as "The Theatre Guild Version, with Four Illustrations from Photographs of the Theatre Guild Production." Clean text; 187 pages. Previous-owner signature (penciled) on the FFEP; title page is lightly tanned due to offset from one of the photographic illustrations opposite. Light soil; spine has faded to a tan colour; rear cover has a crease at the margins. Still, an attractive, solid copy of this scarce classic. In an archival plastic protector.. First American Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good (Plus)/No Jacket. 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First Edition. 
Price: 250.00 USD
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