Prague: Artia, 1958 . First edition of this attractive production issued as a New Year's greeting for friends of the publisher. In addition to the 5 portraits of the Nobel Prize winners, there is a brief biography of the artist and his work that is written in the 5 languages of the Nobel Prize winners – i.e., Czech, Russian, English, German and French. Max Svabinsky (1873 – 1962), was a Czech artist known for his mosaics for the National Monument on Zizkov Hill, stained glass windows in St. Vitus’s Cathedral in Prague, his allegorical paintings, and more. He chose these particular men for portraits because he felt that in them “the desire to help mankind, to elevate man, and to give life a higher meaning and a clear, humanistic aim has found its most dynamic expression.” Quarto light tan paperwraps with unprinted flaps; gilt-stamped floral design on front (no text on covers); 11 pages, including the 5 portraits; unnumbered. Covers slightly darkened but interior still quite fine.