||Solanus: international journal for Russian
& East European bibliographic, library & publishing studies, New
series, vol. 15, 2001, p.158-160.
Lucie Formanová, Jiří Gruntorád, Michal
Přibáň, Exilová periodika: katalog periodik českého a slovenského exilu
a krajanských tisků vydávaných po roce 1945 [ Exile periodicals: a catalogue
of Czech and Slovak exile and emigré periodicals after 1945]. Prague: Libri
prohibiti; Rychnov nad Kněžnou: Ježek, 1999 [ i.e. 2000]. 503 pp. Bibliography.
Indexes. $ 32.85.
Periodicals published abroad
by Czech and Slovak exiles have traditionally been a challenge to librarians
to catalogue as well as researchers to find. This bibliography should
now make the life of both a little easier. Although some bibliographies
covering earlier years exist ( the most comprehensive is Zahraniční krajanské
noviny, časopisy a kalendáře do roku 1938 / by František Štědronský. Prague,
1958) and some basic lists have been compiled covering the second half
of the tventieth century ( the most complete were typescripts issued
by Vojtěch N. Duben in the USA in the 1960s and 1970s), it was not until
1995 that the first version of the present bibliography appeared under
the title České krajanské a exilové noviny a časopisy po roce 1945. It
was compiled by Michal Přibáň from the University of Olomouc and issued,
in a much too small print run, by the Centre for Czechoslovak exile studies
at the Philosophical Faculty of Olomouc University in 1995. The original
compiler was joined in this updated and much expanded edition by Jiří Gruntorád,
the director of Libri prohibiti, a Prague library specializing in samizdat
and exile publications, and Lucie Formanová, who provided bibliographical
descriptions and compiled the indexes.
The bibliography comprises
1093 consecutively numbered items and is divided into six chapters under
the following headings: „Periodicals in Czech published in the free world“,
„Periodicals in Czech issued in eastern countries“, „Periodicals issued
under false exile imprints by the Czechoslovak Ministry of the Interior“,
„Czech periodicals published abroad in foreign languages“, „Periodicals
issued by Slovak publishers abroad (Slovacica)“ and a small section of
„Additions“. These sections are followed by a comprehensive bibliography
of literature on the subject of exile presses and finally by personal,
publisher and title indexes.
Each chapter starts with
a short introduction and the first two are further subdivided into individual
countries. Arrangement within each country is in an alphabetical order
of periodical titles. Considering this multi-layered division of the bibliography
the title index with a quick reference to the number of the catalogue record
is of course indispensable and the two name indexes - of persons and of
bodies - provide not only a useful and quick finding tool but also serve
as a ready-made list of Czech and Slovak exile organisations and publicists.
Each entry is the result
of painstaking research into the publishing history of each journal, resulting
in contributions that are practically encyclopaedic in character, thus
providing an authoritative guide to what was until now a relatively unexplored
and grey area. Knowledge has been gained not only by thorough examination
of journal issues available in the Czech Republic but also through personal
contacts and interviews with surviving editors and authors from all parts
of the world. Information, mapping the development of individual serials,
is recorded exhaustively but consistently using a well structured system.
All entries start with the title and subtitle giving any possible changes,
place of publication, dates of publication and frequency. This is followed
by a note charting the journal’s development, with its orientation, subject
coverage, editorial control and changes, information on contributors as
well as physical description including details of the format, design and
illustrations, and any peculiarities in numbering. In cases of the most
important or longest running titles this text can be of an article length
streching to a page or more.
Individual entries then
proceed with a standard catalogue record which includes a note on holdings.
What started as a catalogue of one library - the Libri prohibiti library
(LP) - has grown into a union catalogue that now includes two other collections
of Czech and Slovak exile materials – that of the Centre for Czechoslovak
Exile Studies at Olomouc University (CES) and the Library of the Náprstek
Museum in Prague (KnápM). Occasionally holdings of other libraries, when
known, have also been included. Although exile publications are hard to
find in Czech and Slovak libraries some more could possibly be traced.
This is, however, a time consuming undertaking considering that the most
likely candidates, the National libraries of the Czech and Slovak republics
and The National Museum in Prague, would need to be searched manually.
Where secondary literature
on any particular title exists citations are given at the end of the entry
in addition to the list of sources listed in the general bibliography in
It is poignant to see
what a small, motivated and dedicated team of three can achieve in a relatively
short span of time especially when compared with the fact that some fifty
years of what was considered a „well resourced“ library and bibliographic
system did not manage to produce a basic bibliography of Czech mainstream
serial production, the lack of which continues to hamper the work of researchers
at home and abroad.
Compilation of this bibliography
was a challenging task and the authors have succeeded admirably not only
in identifying highly elusive material but also in a clear presentation
resulting in a bibliograpical guide that is easy to use and that will improve
enormously access to this sort of material. The authors are well aware
of the fact that work of this sort is never finished and appeal to users
for information on existing items not found in this catalogue and for cooperation
on future updates. Although another hard copy edition is not planned the
existing data base is systematically updated and its mounting on the Internet
is being considered. Libraries with relevant collections worldwide are
invited to contribute information on their holdings.
Devana Pavlik, The British Library
Solanus, vol. 15, 2001, p.158-160