Lithuanian Avant-Garde - Spanish Civil War

Sukilusi Ispanija [Spain in revolt].

Kaunas: Promete̊jas, 1933. Octavo (18.5 × 12.5 cm). Original pictorial wrappers by Niklavs Strunke; 106, [6] pp. Light wear and fraying to spine extremities and overlapping wrapper edges; rust to staples (internally); else good or better.

First and only edition, very rare. Contains a longer historical essay entitled "The Spanish people are stepping into freedom." We are unable to find further information on the author. There were numerous Latvian and Lithuanian volunteers who fought in the Spanish Civil War, but this is the first monograph we have encountered on the subject from the Baltic countries. The book certainly would have been subject to confiscation during the conservative dictatorship of the Smetona regime, which may explain its scarcity.

With a cover design by Strunke (1894-1966), one of Latvia's foremost artists of the avant-garde. A painter, graphic designer, and illustrator, he studied at the Imperial Academy in St. Petersburg, Russia and trained with noted Russian artists such as Bilibin, Roerich, and Bakst. Beginning in the late 1910s, he helped implement Cubism in Latvian book and graphic design, as well as painting, creating some of the most vibrant covers of Latvian avant-garde publishing.

With five pages of publisher's ads for other left-leaning and socialist journals and book publications.

This title, and the front cover, not pictured in Fraser, Publishing and Book Design in Latvia 1919-1940.

As of June 2021, KVK and OCLC only show a single copy worldwide, as IISG.

Book ID: 51334