»Tribīne«, Latvian avantgarde magazine with lino-cut cover design by Ernest Kāļis, 1932

TRIBĪNE [The Tribune]. Cover design by Ernests Kālis. 2nd year, no. 3 (20. June 1932). Rigā: 1932.

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TRIBĪNE [The Tribune]. Revolucionārās kultūras žurnāls [Revolutionary Cultural Journal]. Ed. by Linards Lāicens. Directed by Jānis Bušs. Cover design by Ernests Kālis. 2nd year, no. 3 (20. June 1932). Rigā: Latvju kultura 1932.

15,3:23 cm. 47 [1] pp. Original stapled publisher's wrapper with black linocut cover illustration and title on cream stock.

No. 3 of this 2nd year of »Tribīne«, a short-lived but nevertheless most influential Latvian avant-garde magazine published by the Rigā left-wing »activists« under guidance of Linards Lāicens.

Content, Publishing History: »Tribīne« was published between 1931 and 1933 in a total of 12 nos. 11 nos. are known today (1st year: nos. 1-4, 5/6; 2nd year: nos. 1-4; 3rd year, no. 1). As a follow-up periodical to the banned magazine »Kreisā Fronte«, »Tribīne« was even more surpressed by the authorities than it's predecessor. Several issues of the magazine were confiscated and destroyed upon publication. In 1933 the magazine was finally shut down.

Illustration: The magazine's cover linocut is designed by Latvian and Soviet avant-garde artist Ernest Kālis (1904-39), showing a clear but nevertheless autonomous reference to Kassáks »Bildarchitektur«. Kālis also acted as art director for the the predecessor of »Tribīne«, the periodical »Kreisā Fronte« (see pos. 9-11 of this list).

Condition: Title page with two old library stamps, mostly covered with opaque white, rear cover with stamped date „30. Jun. 1932“), otherwise very fine, uncut copy.

Rarity: Scarce in trade and in libraries. OCLC and KVK show only three marginal holdings worldwide outside Latvia (Munich (BSB), New York (Frick, MoMA).

Reference: Fraser, Publishing and Book Design in Latvia 1919-1940, 2014, p. 126f. (with 4 illustr. of covers, L268-71).

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Weight 1 kg