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

DOMAS [Thought]. 8th year, no. 2 (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. 2 (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], 97-175, [1], [8, advertisements] pp. Original sewn publisher's wrappers with red and dark brown lino-cut cover illustration and title on cream stock.

Issue no. 2 of 12 of this 8th year of »Domas«. – This issue contains a frontispiece on glossy paper after a painting by Ansis Cīrulis (1883-1942), who also designed the Latvian national flag and furthermore the first Latvian postals stamp. In addition this issue contains an expressionist 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). He was a students at the art class of the Riga people's College (RTA), a centre for progressive artists of those days lead by iconic modernist artists Sigismund Vidbergs and Romans Suta.

The issue furthermore contains numerous text contributions by Latvian modernist poets Aleksandrs Čaks and Kārlis Dziļleja, who also signed as editor in chief of »Domas«.

Spine and margins with some small tears, paper time-stained throughout, 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 colour, exhibiting a diffuse tie to contemporary European vanguard design movements.“ (Fraser)

Apart from one copy at the Latvian National Library only two copies of this issue at Stabi Berlin and Herder-Institut Lahn are known according to OCLC/WorldCat, KVK and viaLibri Librairies. Furthermore only BSB, British Library, NYPL and the Herder-Institut Marburg (complete set) have copies 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