Latvian avantgarde review with constructivist lino-cut cover design by Strunke, 1931
DOMAS [Thought]. Daiļliterātūras, mākslas un zinātnes mēnešraksts [Monthly review for literature, arts and science]. 8th year, no. 5 (1931). Lino-cut cover design, vignettes and typography by Niklavs Strunke. Rīga: 1931.
Verkauft / Sold
DOMAS [Thought]. Daiļliterātūras, mākslas un zinātnes mēnešraksts [Monthly review for literature, arts and science]. 8th year, no. 5 (1931). Lino-cut cover design, vignettes and typography by Niklavs Strunke. Rīga: Literātu biedriba Domas 1931. 24,5:17 cm, [1 Bl., frontispiece], 337-415,  pp. Original sewn publisher’s wrappers with grey and bright blue lino-cut cover illustration and title on grey stock.
Issue no. 5 of 12 of this 8th year of »Domas«. – This issue contains a frontispiece on glossy paper after a constructivist painting by Voldemar Siliņš and two lino-cuts by Adja Junkerss (or Adja Yunkers), who after 1945 became an important abstract painter in the US. Junkerss had also contributed already illustrations to the avant-garde magazine »Signals« (1928-30). Him and Siliņš were among the students at the art class of the Riga adult education centre (RTA), a centre for progressive artists of those days lead by Sigismunds Vidbergs and Romans Suta. – Furthermore this issue has among others text contributions by Latvian avant-garde poet Kārlis Dziļleja, who also signed as editor in chief.
Top and bottom of spine with small tears, paper slightly time-stained, otherwise well preserved copy of this rare item, like all other issues of this year with two-coloured constructivist covers by Niklavs Strunke, who also contributed progressive typography and vignettes. „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 at the Latvian National Library only one further copy of this issue at Herder-Institut Marburg is known according to OCLC/WorldCat, KVK and viaLibri Librairies. Furthermore only British Library and NYPL (both issue no. 8) and the Herder-Institut (complete set) have holdings of other issues of this visually most interesting year of the magazine.
Fraser: Publishing and Book Design in Latvia 1919-1940, 2014, p. 136 (see L305) and p. 235.