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Rare Collection of 1910's Guido Bruno Zines | Illustrations by Djuna Barnes and Clara Tice)
Rare Collection of 1910's Guido Bruno Zines | Illustrations by Djuna Barnes and Clara Tice)
Rare Collection of 1910's Guido Bruno Zines | Illustrations by Djuna Barnes and Clara Tice)
Rare Collection of 1910's Guido Bruno Zines | Illustrations by Djuna Barnes and Clara Tice)
Rare Collection of 1910's Guido Bruno Zines | Illustrations by Djuna Barnes and Clara Tice)

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Rare Collection of 1910's Guido Bruno Zines | Illustrations by Djuna Barnes and Clara Tice)

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Rare Collection of Guido Bruno Magazines, ca. 1916-19.

Bruno, a Czech-born writer, playwright and rare book dealer, published his weekly zines from 1916 to 1922, mostly from his “garret on Washington Square” in Greenwich Village. Though his story is fascinating in retrospect, he was at the time seen as a charlatan (the so-called The Barnum of Bohemia), as he regularly charged uptown yuppies a quarter to come to his garret to watch the “artists in their natural environment.”

Part gossip rag, part literary mag, his publications did manage to - amongst Bruno’s own semi-ridiculous ramblings and possible Aubrey Beardsley forgeries - introduce a handful of up-and-coming writers and artists like the aforementioned Barnes, as well as Clara Tice, Stanislaw Przybyszewski and Hart Crane.

This collection includes 4 Issues (in order of photos):

Bruno’s, January 2017 (3rd photo)

  • Includes an article by George Bernard Shaw on “Going to Church,” an illustrated spread on art galleries and one by the publisher himself on…the sexuality of musical instruments. Cover art by Djuna Barnes. Barnes was a writer, journalist, artist and playwright most known for her association with the eclectic group of bohemian artists and writers occupying Greenwich Village in the first quarter of the 20th century. For a long time, her writings were undervalued and forgotten, but have since been re-evaluated. Writer Bertha Harris once described her work as "practically the only available expression of lesbian culture we have in the modern western world" since Sappho. Barnes’ writing style is controversial and often defies convention. While scholars can’t seem to decide if her voice is fresh and feminist or misogynist and misanthropic, she was admired by the likes of Anais Nin and Dylan Thomas, and poet Edwin Muir compared her gifts to that of James Joyce.
  • Condition: Very good; some discoloration and creasing at the edges but the binding is solid and paper strong.

    Bruno's Weekly, September 1916

    • Cover art by Clara Tice. Tice, dubbed "the Queen of Greenwich Village" in the 1910's and 20's, was an avant-garde writer, illustrator and provocateur, known for her erotic illustrations and bobbed hairstyle. 
    • Condition: Very fragile and yellowed; paper is starting to crumble along the edges; coming apart at the binding with loose cover and pages 

    Bruno's Review of Life Love & Letters, April 1919

    • Articles include such gems as "Jesus Christ by a Roman who knew him personally." ;)
    • Condition: Very fragile and yellowed; paper is starting to crumble along the edges; coming apart at the binding with loose cover and pages 

      Bruno's Weekly, September 1916

      • Cover art by Leonard St. John
      • Condition: Very fragile and yellowed; paper is starting to crumble at the edges; coming apart at the binding with loose and pages 

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      Rare Collection of 1910's Guido Bruno Zines | Illustrations by Djuna Barnes and Clara Tice)
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      Rare Collection of 1910's Guido Bruno Zines | Illustrations by Djuna Barnes and Clara Tice)