Kreisa fronte. [Left Front.] 1930. No. 1. Linards Laicens, Olga Laicens.
Kreisa fronte. [Left Front.] 1930. No. 1.
Latvian Avant-Garde Magazine

Kreisa fronte. [Left Front.] 1930. No. 1.

Rigā: Latvju Kultura, 1930. Cover designed by Ernests Kalis. Illustrated with photographic artworks. First edition. Published in only 1300 copies. In publisher’s illustrated wrappers. 47, (1) p. Blue inkblots on title page. Spine artistically restored. Slightly trimmed. Overall in fine condition.

First issue of the third and last year of “Kreisā fronte”, the first substantial leftist Latvian-language journal with international aspirations. Its concept and format followed Vladimir Mayakovsky’s magazine the “LEF” and the design of “Novy Lef”. Only 17 issues were published between 1928 and 1930 (the last one was double), when it was banned by the authorities, and Laicens launched his new magazine the “Tribīne”.

The content of “Kreisā fronte" was more cultural than political, contained avant-garde literary elements as well as photographic artwork.

Linards (Petrovich) Laicens (1883-1938) was a Latvian Expressionist writer and poet, active in politics as a member of Communist party. He was the editor or the leftist Avant-garde journals “Kreisā Fronte” and “Tribīne”.

[Bibl.: Fraser, James H.: Publishing and Book Design in Latvia 1919–1940: A Re-discovery. Riga, Neputns. pp. 126–128.]

OCLC locates fragmentary holdings of this journal in two libraries, NYPL, and Waseda, but it is unclear if either owns this issue.

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Price: €900.00