Size: 9 3/8 x 12 1/2 in. / 23.8 x 31.8 cm. Softcover.
An allegorical maiden of May, cradling flowers upon her breast, comforts a pensive, Slavic-gowned woman in this moving image – the cover for a Czech literary magazine entitled Máje or "May." Features the full magazine, or "literary almanac," which was originally published between 1858 and 1862 by a group of authors who had retreated inward, away from politics, toward the soulfulness of Slavic cultural life, following the deaths of many intellectuals as the democratic revolutions of 1848 were suppressed. Presumably, the magazine's name was revived around the turn of the 20th century; Mucha, by this time renowned as the visual poet of Slavic culture, was the obvious choice for illustrating this issue of October 17, 1902. 12 pages of text in Czech.