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Hungarian Avant-Garde – Constructivism – Inscribed copy

Tömegek az új vashidakon [Crowds on the new iron bridges].

Budapest: Márkus-Nyomda, [1928]. Octavo (21.3 × 14.6 cm). Original constructivist wrappers; 64, [2] pp. Signed and inscribed by the author, and with one correction in pencil, likely also by the author. Wrapper somewhat dust-soiled, binding lightly cracked; else very good.

First edition of this collection of poems by Ervin Ember (1902–1974). Poems by him appeared for the first time in Kassák's avant-garde journal "Ma". The anonymously designed cover of the present book, with its red square, black dot and bars, is entirely in the tradition of "MA" constuctivism as it was shaped by Kassák and Bortnyik as well as the two Bauhaus members Molnár and Moholy-Nagy. The color contrast between black, white and red, as well as the form contrast between the elementary basic surfaces, stood paradigmatically for the New Typography at the end of the twenties. And Tschichold considered the red square to be symbol of elementary design par excellence (See Heidrun Schröder-Kehler, Neue Typographie, in: Wechselwirkungen: Ungarische Avantgarde in der Weimarer Republik, Marburg 1986, pp. 388–419.)

As of June 2022, not in KVK, OCLC.

Book ID: 52091

Price: $1,750.00