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Namas 13: romanas [House 13: a novel]
Audros, Kaunas and Riga 1929 - Octavo (20.4 × 15 cm). Original pictorial wrappers by Niklavs Strunke; 64 pp. Very light wear to overlapping wrapper edge; very good. First edition of this novel by Lithuanian writer, poet, and translator Kazys Boruta (1905-1965), who was also a leftist political activist. In 1925 he was expelled from Kaunas University for his anti-governmental protest and in 1927 exiled from Lithuania, after which he settled in Riga for two years, where he collaborated with leading left-wing artists of the time. This title is thus a rare example of a Lithuanian-Latvian collaboration: the book was published in Kaunas and Riga, and printed in Riga. It is illustrated with a striking black and white cover design, including typographic layout on the back wrapper, by Niklavs Strunke (1894-1966), one of Latvia's most important artists of the avant-garde. A painter, graphic designer, and illustrator, Strunke 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. A later design for Strunke, the drawing still shows the influence of cubist abstraction and the experimental lettering typical of his covers. Not in Fraser, Publishing and Book Design in Latvia, 1919-1940. Rare, with KVK and OCLC only showing the copies at NYPL and Kent State University. [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]
      [Bookseller: Penka Rare Books, ILAB]
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