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. 1 (1931). Lino-cut cover design, vignettes and typography by Niklavs Strunke. Rīga: 1931.
DOMAS [Thought]. Daiļliterātūras, mākslas un zinātnes mēnešraksts [Monthly review for literature, arts and science]. 8th year, no. 1 (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], 1-86, , [9, advertisements] pp. Original sewn publisher’s wrappers with black and brown lino-cut cover illustration and title on grey stock.
Issue no. 1 of 12 of this 8th year of »Domas«.
Content, Illustration: This issue contains a frontispiece on glossy paper after a painting by Jānis Liepiņš, one caricature by Sigismunds Vidbergs and two lino-cuts by Ernests Akolovs and Adja Junkerss (or Adja Yunkers), who after 1945 became an important abstract painter in the US. Akolovs and Junkerss had also contributed already illustrations to the avant-garde magazine »Signals« (1928-30). Akolovs and Junkerss were all students at the art class of the Riga adult education center (RTA), a centre for progressive artists of those days lead by 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.
Condition: Bottom of spine with one very small tear, lower part of front cover slightly creased, binding in parts loose, 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)
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