Latvian avantgarde magazine with constructivist cover design by Kārlis Bušs

DOMAS [Thought]. Daiļliterātūras, mākslas un zinātnes mēnešraksts [Monthly review for literature, arts and science]. 9th year, no. 5 (1932). Rīga: 1932.

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DOMAS [Thought]. Daiļliterātūras, mākslas un zinātnes mēnešraksts [Monthly review for literature, arts and science]. 9th year, no. 5 (1932). Ed. by Roberts Hermanis-Sēlis. Rīga: Literātu biedriba Domas (Riti) 1932. 24,5:17 cm, [1], 322-384, [16, table of contents for issues no. 1-5 (1932), advertisements] pp. Original sewn publisher's wrappers with red and black lino-cut cover illustration and title on white stock.

Issue no. 5 of 10 of this 9th year of »Domas«, a particularly important Latvian modernist magazine, containing contributions by mostly left-wing artists, writers, scientists and politicians. »Domas« was published between 1924 and 1934 in 10 issues each year (year 8 (1931) in 12 issues; year 11 (1934) in 4). – This issue contains four remarkable lino-cuts by Adja Junkerss (or Adja Yunkers), who after 1945 became an important abstract painter in the US. Furthermore this issue contains among others texts by Latvian avant-garde poets Aleksandrs Čaks und Kārlis Dziļleja.

Spine with one small foxy spot, last part with small water-stains in the lower right corner, paper slightly time-stained, otherwise fine copy of this rare item. 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 adult education center (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 color, exhibiting a diffuse tie to contemporary European vanguard design movements.“ (Fraser)

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.

Fraser: Publishing and Book Design in Latvia 1919-1940, 2014, p. 136, see L306 (issue no. 3 (1932)

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