Latvian avantgarde review with constructivist lino-cut cover design by Strunke, 1931

DOMAS [Thought]. 8th year, no. 6 (1931). Lino-cut cover design, vignettes and typography by Niklavs Strunke. Rīga: 1931.

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DOMAS [Thought]. Daiļliterātūras, mākslas un zinātnes mēnešraksts [Monthly review for literature, arts and science]. 8th year, no. 6 (1931). Lino-cut cover design, vignettes and typography by Niklavs Strunke. Rīga: Literātu biedriba Domas (Pipiṇa un Upmaṇa) 1931.

24,5:17 cm, [1 Bl., frontispiece], 77-255, [1], [8, advertisements] pp. Original sewn publisher's wrappers with dark green and light brown lino-cut cover illustration and title on beige stock.

Issue no. 6 of 12 of this 8th year of »Domas«. – This issue contains a frontispiece on glossy paper after an ink drawing by Jānis Plēpis and one lino-cut by Kārlis Bušs. Plēpis andBušs where both students 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.

Furthermore this issue has among others text contributions by prominent Latvian avant-garde Aleksandrs Čaks.

Front of spine with one very small tear, paper 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 (typically enough called „typomontage“). „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, L305 and p. 235.

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Weight 1 kg