Milas kontrabanda. Dzejas. / Mīlas kontrabanda. Dzejas. [The Contraband of Love. Poems.]. Lucija Zamaica, Lūcija Zamaiča.
Erotic Cover by Mihails Jo

Milas kontrabanda. Dzejas. / Mīlas kontrabanda. Dzejas. [The Contraband of Love. Poems.]

(Riga): Valters un Rapa, (1931). First edition. In original illustrated wrappers. 159, (1) p. Slightly chipped edges, otherwise a fine copy.

Book of poems by Lūcija Zamaiča (1893–1965) Latvian poet. She is also known as a strong supporter of woman’s right and radical politics.

The erotic cover design is erroneously attributed to Sigismunds Vidbergs, however it was made by Mihails Jo (Meiers Joffe; 1893–1960), the Latvian-Jewish graphic artist and set designer of the Jewish Theater of Riga, mostly know for his cover designs of Yiddish books.

[Bibl: Davis, R. H. – Kasinec, E.: Graphic Modernism from the Baltic to the Balkans, 1910–1935. The New York Public Library, 2007.; Fraser, James H.: Publishing and Book Design in Latvia 1919–1940: A Re-discovery. Riga, Neputns. 2014. p. 57; image: L61.]

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Price: €400.00