Chicago: A.C. McClurg and Company, 1891. 1st. Original cloth. First American Edition. Small octavo; 352pp in publisher's navy cloth lettered in grey to upper board and gold to spine. Slight extremity wear, owner stamp to fep (ffep may be excised) and name to half title, else a Near Fine copy. Item #17944
Bozena Nemcova's 'Babicka' (The Grandmother, 1855) is one of the best known and best loved works in all of Czech literature; she has been called "the mother of Czech prose.'Babicka' has appeared in countless editions, there are several film versions (the earliest a silent film from 1921, the most recent made in the early 1970s), and Babiccino udoli (Grandmother's Valley), not far from the town of Nachod, is a national literary and historical monument. In fact, the book is so much a part of the national consciousness that almost every portrayal of a grandmother in film, on stage or in a book is influenced, and to some extent overshadowed, by Nemcova's heroine. (James Partridge, Central Europe Review, Vol 1, # 7, 9 August 1999).