Latvian avantgarde political prose by Adolfs Talcis with lino-cuts by Adolfs Girdvoins, 1931
TALCIS, Adolfs: Dumpīga grāmata. [The Rebellious Book.] Illustrated by Adolfs Girdvoins. Rīga: 1931.
TALCIS, Adolfs: Dumpīga grāmata. Stasti un feletoni [The Rebellious Book. Stories and Feuilletons]. 18 plates with lino-cut illustrations and presumably also typographic lino-cut cover design by Adolfs Girdvoins. Rīga: Nākotnes kultūra (Riti) 1931.
8°. 111,  p. Original publisher’s wrappers with red typographic lino-cut cover illustration and title on cream stock.
First edition of this compilation with prose writings by Marxist writer Adolfs Talcis, in which „Talcis is at his vitriolic best in tirades against the established church, corrupt civil servants, crooked politicians, ant other targets appealing to a left-oriented reader“. (Fraser, p. 142).
The volume is illustrated with a set of 18 striking full-paged lino-cuts by Adolfs Girdvoins, a 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. „One might wonder if Girdvoins, or whoever designed the cover, had drawn inspiration from the design for Maykovsky’s „Stikhi o Revoliutsiy (Poems on Revolution), published seven years earlier and likely circulated in Riga.“ (Fraser, p. 122) Talcis also was part of the editorial staff of the avant-garde magazine »Signals« (1928-30) where he closely collaborated with Girvoinds, who acted as one of it’s illustrators.
Rarity: Apart from one copy at the Latvian National Library only three copies of this book are known according to OCLC and KVK, at BSB, Columbia UL and NYPL. Furthermore only BSB, IISG, NYPL and the Herder-Institut Lahn have copies of other issues of this magazine.
Condition: Top of spine with a small fault and with tear at front side of cover, rear side of cover with little whole, paper time stained, otherwise fine copy of this item.
Reference: Fraser, Publishing and Book Design in Latvia 1919-1940, 2014, p. 133, 135 and p. 141f. (L317 and L318).