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], 417-495, [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«, a particularly important, rare and in parts illustrated Latvian magazine for literature, the arts, politics and science, containing contributions mostly by protagonists of the aesthetically modernist and politically socialist Latvian cultural scene.

Contents, Illustration: 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. Like all other issues of this year no. 6 is wrapped in a two-coloured constructivist cover 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)

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

Condition: Spine at bottom with small tear, paper time-stained, otherwise well preserved copy of this rare item,

Rarity: 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.

Reference: Fraser, Publishing and Book Design in Latvia 1919-1940, 2014, p. 136, L305 and p. 235.

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Weight 1 kg