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. 4 (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. 4 (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], 257-335, [1,], [4, advertisements] pp. Original sewn publisher's wrappers with red and brown lino-cut cover illustration and title on cream stock.
Issue no. 4 of 12 of this 8th year of »Domas«. – This issue contains a frontispiece on glossy paper after a painting by V. Piesis, one wood-cut by Kārlis Bušs 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). Piesis, Bušs 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 Sigismunds Vidbergs and Romans Suta. - Furthermore this issue contains among others texts by Latvian avant-garde poet Kārlis Dziļleja, who also signed as editor in chief.
Bottom of spine with one small fault, cover with two little ink stains, paper slightly time-stained, otherwise fine 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 (issue no. 1 (1931) and p. 235.