Celtne: žurnals literaturai, mākslai un zinatnei [Structure: a journal of proletarian history, literature, art, and theory] (varying subtitles), vol. 4, no. 6 (1932).

Moscow: Prometei (Prometejs), 1932. Large octavo (24.5 × 17.5 cm). Original pictorial wrappers with lino-cut covers; [1], 482-574, [2] pp. Numerous photographs throughout. Good to very good copies; occasional light wear to wrapper edges and spines; some light foxing. Item #5834

Single issue of this Latvian leftist literary, arts, and politics journal, published in Moscow from 1929 to 1937 by the Latvian publishing house "Prometejs," in editions ranging from 1000 to 3000 copies. The publisher also maintained a bookshop at 8 Maroseika Street in Moscow. One of the important contributors and editors after 1930 was Linards Laicens (1883-1938), perhaps the most vocal leftist writer of interwar Latvia, an outspoken critic of the conditions in the new Latvian Republic. Laicens was repressed both in Latvia and later in the USSR, where he settled in the early 1930s. Soviet critics noted the anarchic, individualistic strain with which he approached the revolutionary movement. He was arrested as part of the campaign against Latvian socialists and shot in late 1937 or early 1938.

James Fraser notes that the journal "experienced six changes of cover design and as many speculations about the designers, although it is likely that the individuals credited with overall design responsibilities, e. g. Jānis Aižens, Kārlis Veidemans, and Linards Laicens, took their hand to cover design creation... Beginning in 1932, it was perhaps Laicens who also contributed to the choices of more appealing cover designs. Anna Laicena confirmed that Laicens provided much of the photographic content."

This issue contains a short story entitled "The Director of the Combine" about Dneprostroi, the hydroelectic construction company in the Russian South, illustrated with numerous photographs showing the construction process and workers in action.

See: Fraser, Publishing and Book Design in Latvia 1919-1940, p. 128-129. Fraser L275-278.

Outside of Latvia, KVK and OCLC only show two issues at Columbia.

Price: €450.00