Latvian avantgarde magazine »Domas«, with striking linocut cover by Kārlis Bušs, no. 5 (1932)
DOMAS [Thought]. 9th year, no. 4 (1932). Lino-cut cover design by Kārlis Bušs. Rīga: 1932.
DOMAS [Thought]. Daiļliterātūras, mākslas un zinātnes mēnešraksts [Monthly review for literature, arts and science]. 9th year, no. 4 (1932). Ed. by Roberts Hermanis-Sēlis. Lino-cut cover design by Kārlis Bušs. Rīga: Literātu biedriba Domas (Riti) 1932.
Imperial 8to (24,5:17 cm). , 242-320 pp. Original sewn publisher’s wrappers with red and black lino-cut cover illustration and title on white stock.
Issue no. 4 of 10 of this 9th year of »Domas«, a particularly important Latvian modernist magazine.
Contents, Illustration: »Domas« contains contributions by mostly left-wing artists, writers, scientists and politicians. The magazine was published between 1924 and 1934 in 10 issues each year (year 8 (1931) in 12 issues; year 11 (1934) in 4). Like for all other issues of this year Kārlis Bušs created a two-coloured constructivist cover design. Bušs was student at the art class of the Riga people’s College (RTA), a centre for progressive artists of those days lead by Sigismunds Vidbergs and Romans Suta. „For a brief period at the end of its publication (1931/1932), »Domas« covers were typographically bold with late-constructivist imagery in flat colour, exhibiting a diffuse tie to contemporary European vanguard design movements.“ (Fraser)
This issue contains three expressionist illustrations, 1 lino-cut by Kārlis Bušs, as well as 1 wood-cut and 1 lino-cut by Adja Junkerss (or Adja Yunkers, 1900-83), another student of the RTA, who after 1945 became an important abstract painter in the US. Furthermore this issue contains among others texts by Latvian avant-garde poet Aleksandrs Čaks.
Condition: Spine skilfully renewed, front cover at margins with minimal tears, rear cover with some stains, upper margins with barely seeable water-staining, paper time-stained, otherwise solid copy.
Rarity: Apart from one copy in the Latvian National Library only one copy of this issue at Stabi Berlin is known according to OCLC and KVK. Furthermore only BSB, IISG, NYPL and the Herder-Institut Lahn have copies of this magazine.
Reference: Fraser: Publishing and Book Design in Latvia 1919-1940, 2014, p. 135f. (L305-L307, colour illustr. of covers e.g. of nos. 3 and 9).