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Jäljetu haud : Romaan (The Unmarked Grave: Mait Metsanurk /

Mait Metsanurk / Mart Laarman cover design

Published by Noor-Eesti, Tartu (1926)

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About this Item: Noor-Eesti, Tartu, 1926. Soft cover. Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. Estonian language. Octavo 14 x 20 cm. Weight 280 gr. Wrappers, 261 pp. The book is in Near Fine condition, without any visible defects, losses, remarks and stains. Creases across cover corners, some occasional rubbing mainly to the to the cover edges, light soiling on back cover; internally previous owner's signature on the half-title, two minor tears (less than 1 cm) on the bottom edge of single page. Mait Metsanurk (Born Eduard Hubel, 1879 1957) reached his literary breakthrough in 1900s with realistic portrayal of Estonian town and country living at the time. In particular, the social contradictions and tensions were used in his work. Metsanurk became one of the most prolific and popular writer and playwright of his era. Together with Anton Hansen Tammsaare, he is considered one of the most outstanding representatives of Estonian neo-realism of the interwar period. In 1924/25 and from 1930 to 1936 Mait Metsanurk was chairman of the Estonian Writers' Union. His novels of the late 1920s displayed a strong leftist bent. The most important representative work of this trend is novel Jäljetu haud (The Unmarked Grave), written as a revolutionary s diary. The protagonist is the leader of the underground communist organization who was executed in accordance with the judgment of the military court. The diary form of presentation reveals hero's thoughts and confessions to oneself. Is is a psychological novel about loss of truth of one person, where is more widely considered serious problem of the era - revolutionary fighter moral collapse. Great example of avant-garde constructivist cover design by Mart Laarman (1896-1979), who is considered the most persistent follower of the constructivist movement and one of the most important Estonian avant-garde artist. Laarman was the leader of the Estonian Artists Group (Eesti Kuntsnikkute Ryhm), which was established in late 1923 in Tartu. The aim of the Group was Constructivism and Cubism enlightenment and propaganda. In 1928 Laarman edited and published legendary The Book of New Art (Uue Kunsti Raamat), the Group's programmic almanac, which gave a great contribution to Cubism/Constructivism development in Estonia. The artists of the Group, turned a new page in book design and Laarman was one of the best of them. Seller Inventory # 90

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Punane tuul : Romaan (The Red Wind: Mait Metsanurk /

Mait Metsanurk / Mart Laarman cover design

Published by Noor-Eesti, Tartu (1928)

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About this Item: Noor-Eesti, Tartu, 1928. Soft cover. Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. Estonian language. Octavo 15 x 20 cm. Weight 690 gr. Wrappers, 667 [1] pp. The book is in Very Good condition, without any visible defects, losses, remarks and stains. Frayed cover edges with multiple creases, occasional minor tears along bottom edge of the cover, a small piece is missing from the bottom end of the spine, reading creases on the spine and small horizontal creases along the spine, soft vertical and diagonal crease on the back cover; internally quite in fine condition. Writer's leftist novel "The Red Wind" published on the threshold of a 50 year anniversary portrays the class struggle, but the sharp social criticism here became less noticeable. In the current work it seems writer have regained faith in people and began to find positive aspects on every side, regardless of which layer a person belongs to or what his truth is. The novel depicts upheavals in people's lives of small Estonian village since beginning of The Estonian War of Independence in 1917 until the end of Civil War in 1920. The War broke out and changed idyllic life of the villagers. Protagonist is hesitating between two opposing camps - Reds and Whites. But belief in justice helps him to overcome difficult times. Mait Metsanurk (1879-1957) was an Estonian writer who led the neo-realist school of Estonian literature. He reached literary breakthrough in 1908 with realistic descriptions of the Estonian town and country life of that time. In particular, the social contradictions and tensions are processed in his work. Metsanurk became one of the most prolific and popular writer and playwright of his era. Together with Anton Hansen Tammsaare, he is considered one of the most outstanding representatives of the Estonian realism in the interwar period. Book's striking avant-garde cover design created by oustanding Estonian artist Mart Laarman (1896-1979), who was mostly known as a developer of cubism and constructivism in the national art. He mastered oil painting and book graphics. His design of the books was quite modern at that time. Seller Inventory # 91

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Viimne päev : Novellid (The Last Day: Mait Metsanurk /

Mait Metsanurk / Mart Laarman cover design

Published by Eesti Kirjanikkude Liit (Union of Estonian Writers), Tallinn (1927)

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About this Item: Eesti Kirjanikkude Liit (Union of Estonian Writers), Tallinn, 1927. Soft cover. Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. Estonian language. Octavo 13 x 20 cm. Weight 240 gr. Wrappers, 180 [3] pp. The book is in Near Fine condition without any losses, damages and remarks. Slightly frayed cover corners and edges, back cover shows some soiling, some light dumpstains on back side of front cover; internally fine condition. "Viimne päev" novels collection focused on themes of social life - oppressed and dominating social classes. Author feels painfully these contradictions, there capital is the ruler, and working class dies of exhausting labour and poverty. Misery, woe, trouble destroy people bodies and souls, but God will justify it. Author's sympathies are with sufferers, but he did not propose the ways to overcome the difficulties, only brings the attention to the life injustice. Metsanurk narrative is not entirely realistic, but largely expressive. In particular, situation is presented too much in dark colors. Mait Metsanurk (1879-1957) was an Estonian writer who led the neo-realist school of Estonian literature. He reached his literary breakthrough in 1908 with realistic portrayal of Estonian town and country living at the time. In particular, the social contradictions and tensions were used in his work. Mait Metsanurk became one of the most prolific and popular writer and playwright of his era. Book's remarkable avant-garde cover design by famous Estonian artist Mart Laarman (1896-1979). He belonged to the core of the Estonian Artists Group (Eesti Kuntsnikkute Ryhm), which was established in late 1923 in Tartu. The aim of the Group was Constructivism and Cubism enlightenment and propaganda. Later Laarman became the leader of the Group. The artists of the Group, turned a new page in book design and Laarman was one of the best of them. He became the most persistent follower of the constructivist movement and one of the most important Estonian modernist artist. Seller Inventory # 1

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EKKKY : Eesti Kujutavate Kunstnikkude Keskyhingu viis: Editor Märt Laarman

Editor Märt Laarman / cover design Günther Reindorff

Published by Eesti Kujutavate Kunstnikkude Keskyhing EKKKY, Tallinn (CUEVA Central Union of Estonian Visual Artists, Tallinn) (1927)

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About this Item: Eesti Kujutavate Kunstnikkude Keskyhing EKKKY, Tallinn (CUEVA Central Union of Estonian Visual Artists, Tallinn), 1927. Soft cover. Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. Estonian language. Octavo 19 x 24 cm. Weight 300 gr. Wrappers, 128 pp. The book is in Near Fine condition, without any visible defects, losses and remarks. Small triangle piece of bottom left corner of the back cover is broken off, slightly frayed bottom and left edge of back cover with several very minor tears, damaged bottom of the spine, couple of small light brown stains to the right edge of front cover; internally fine condition. The Central Union of Estonian Visual Artists (CUEVA) was founded in March 1922 in Tallinn, as the central organization joining together Estonian professional artists. In 1927 CUEVA published five-year anniversary album. Scarce and valuable edition contains 11 articles on modern art written by prominent Estonian artists. Book begins and finishes with the articles by editor Märt Laarman in which he shares own thoughts about modern art. Edition also includes August Jansen item about CUEVA birth, Märt Pukits feature devoted to Konrad Mägi and August Jansen's devoted to Eduard Verber, Hanno Kompus essay about visual arts collecting. Here is published questionary "Does Estonian Art is suffering crisis?", this question was asked to people of art - Roman Espenberg, Johannes Barbarus, August Jansen, Hanno Kompus and others. In fact, few answers pointed to a crisis, most of the opinions talked about prosperity and progressive development. One of the main advantages of the current album is a huge amount of illustrations. Besides photographic images depicting famous Masters of Art and 11 vignettes by Arnold Akberg, Märt Laarman and Jaan Vahtra, also included 93 terrific artwork reproductions of outstanding Estonin modernist artists - Eduard Wiiralt, Kuno Veeber, Jaan Vahtra, Ado Vabbe, Nikolai Triik, Anton Starkopf, Roman Nyman, Konrad Mägi, Ants Laipman, Otto Kruste, Peet Aren and many others. Seller Inventory # 114

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Puulõige : Jooni puulõike ajaloost ja tehnikast: Märt Laarman

Märt Laarman

Published by Eesti Õpetajate Liidu Kirjastus, Tallinn (1927)

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About this Item: Eesti Õpetajate Liidu Kirjastus, Tallinn, 1927. Soft cover. Condition: Good. 1st Edition. Estonian language. Octavo 14 x 20 cm. Weight 180 gr. Wrappers, 55 pp. The book is in Good condition, without any losses, damages, remarks. Cover shows some rubbing and multiple minor light foxing spots, soft book-length vertical creaser on the front cover, quite large damp stain to the bottom edge of the front cover, small missing piece from bottom right corner of front cover has been restored, back cover is soiled, with few small stains and darkening to the edges; internally trace of moisture to the bottom right corner of the title page, small hope on the title page has been restored, some occasional foxing spots mainly to the fore-edge. The aim of this book written by cult Estonian modernist artist Märt Laarman is to give brief and primary understanding of woodcut creation process and realizing great beauty of black-and-white art. Included short review of wood engraving technique development with illustrative examples, also some advices for choosing and using wood engraving materials and tools. Description of technical side gives a possibility for readers to try woodcut or linocut technique at home. Book contains a large amount of Estonian and foreign artists woodcut and linocut illustrations, which helps with better understanding of written material. On the cover woodcut portrait of a bearded man by famous Norwegian painter Edvard Munch, inside 16 wood engraving illustrations in the text and 26 tables of full-page graphical works by famous Estonian representatives of the modernist movement - Märt Laarman, Eduard Viiralt, Jaan Vahtra, Karl Rössing, Günter Reindorff, August Roosileht, August Kilgas, and prominent foreigners - Frans Masereel, Max Thalmann, Félix Vallotton, Leopold Wächtler, Koch, Hans Soltmann, Emil Rudolf Weiß, Max Unold, Hans Pape, Walter Klemm, Wilhelm Schnarrenberger. Seller Inventory # 103

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Puuloige. Jooni puuloike ajaloost ja tehnikast. [Woodcut.: Laarman, Märt

Laarman, Märt

Published by Eesti Opetajate Liidu, Tallinn (1927)

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About this Item: Eesti Opetajate Liidu, Tallinn, 1927. First edition. First edition. In illustrated paper. With several woodcut illustration throughout. 55, (1) p. Märt (Martin) Laarman (1896-1979) Estonian graphic artist and painter. Member of the Estonian Artist Group founded by Jaan Vahtra. He made his early works in Expressionist style later he turned to Constructivism. Exhibited with the members of the group "Die Abstrakten" in Berlin, 1924. Editor of the "Book of New Art", 1928 that contained the programme of the Estonian Artists' Group. One of the most important Estonian Modernist artist. Handwritten title on the spine. Cover water stained with light foxing. Inside clean. Overall in very good condition. In illustrated paper. With several woodcut illustration throughout. Seller Inventory # 1506

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Eesti kunsti aastaraamat 1924-1925 / Eesti kunsti: Editor Märt Laarman

Editor Märt Laarman

Published by Eesti Kultuurkapitali kujutavate kunstide sihtkapital, Tallinn (Estonian Cultural Foundation Visual Arts Foundation) (1926)

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About this Item: Eesti Kultuurkapitali kujutavate kunstide sihtkapital, Tallinn (Estonian Cultural Foundation Visual Arts Foundation), 1926. Hardcover. Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. Estonian language. Enlarged magazine format. Octavo 23 x 29 cm. Weight 1330 gr. Book I: wrappers, 44 pp., [72] pp. illustrations. Book II: wrappers, 119 pp. Possessory half binding (leather binding on the spine and the corners, with paper sides) of the time. Original album publishing cover is saved under the binding. Both books are in Near Fine condition without any visible delects, damages, losses and remarks. Cover corners and spine ends show some fraying, spine fold are slightly rubbed; internally perfect condition. The aim of the current almanac is to give mainly in illustrated form sectional overview of Estonian art life during 1924-1926 years. That's why here is consolidated the most distinguished and representational art works performed by greatest Estonian artists without making a difference between cultural flows and affiliation to one or another organization. The first album was issued in 1926 and gives a review of Estonian art in 1924 and 1925 years. It includes 6 articles by famous Estonian artists and cultural figures: foreword by M. Laarman "Estonian art today"; Ado Vabbe's article "Ambience creation" about style, design, architecture and fine arts; M. Pukits item "Konrad Mägi's creation"; R. Paris essay "Artists and art extension"; E. Kuusik architectural overview "Rebuilding in Tallinn Old Town"; A. Jansen's article about Visual Arts Foundation formation by Estonian Cultural Foundation and its activities in 1925. Album's main advantage is a huge amount of illustrations - 72 full-page artworks by famed modernists Konrad Mägi, Kristjan Raud, Nikolai Triik, August Jansen, Karl Burman, Roman Nyman, Peet Aren, Andrei Jegorov, Günther Reindorff, Konstantin Scerbakoff, Anton Starkopf, Ado Vabbe, Kuno Veeber, Eduard Viiralt, Jaan Vahtra, Märt Laarman, Arnold Akberg, Eduard Ole etc. The second album published in 1927 describes Estonian art scene during 1926 year in 8 articles and 64 illustrations. In introductory article about Estonian art life in 1926 Estonian art critic R. Kangro-Pool names this year one of the greatest years for Estonian visual arts. The most significant reviewed event is the first collective Estonian artists foreign exhibition in Riga, where artworks won high critical acclaim. Second album also includes articles on applied arts, architecture and Visual Arts Foundation activities in 1926. Greatest artwork reproductions of prominent Estonian modernists make this album of really great value. Seller Inventory # 118

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TAIE. Eesti kunsti ajakiri. (Art.The Estonian art: Märt Laarman, with

Märt Laarman, with A. Jansen, R. Kongro-Pool, H. Kompus, N. Triik eds

Published by Tallinn: Päevaleht (1929)

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About this Item: Tallinn: Päevaleht, 1929. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. Quarto 22x29 cm., wrappers bound in cloth, Nos. 1-4/5 (all published). Cover design by Gunther Reindorff. One of the most important interwar art journals, Taie continued to introduce the latest art experiments in Estonia as well as the more traditional work to Estonian readers. It was truly international in scope, with a broader outreach than previous journals which emphasized Estonian work almost exclusively. It also explored traditional Estonian crafts and folk art and visual heritage as well as Western European art history. Many of the artists contributed essays and statements in addition to presenting their work. There is a very fine survey of the Latvian avant-garde and modernism; Western Europe primarily is represented by France, both traditional and contemporary. Estonian contemporary architecture is also featured along with building developments in Finland. The journal is well illustrated. Especially interesting as a document of the continuing Estonian Constructivism which persisted up to 1940, unlike its neighbors. This example with the original cover of the first issue (all the other numbers had exactly the same cover). Two library holdings found worldwide. (Princeton. British Museum). Seller Inventory # 4296

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Epigrammid [Epigrams[, I, II, and III (all: Antson, Aleksander; Peet

Antson, Aleksander; Peet Aren, Märt Laarman, and Jaan Vahtra, illustrators

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About this Item: Tallinn: ["Aktsiooni" Kirjastus], 1927-1933. Octavos (16.3 x 12.5 cm). Original pictorial wrappers by Peet Aren, Märt Laarman and Jaan Vahtra; 28, [4]; 60, [4]; and 63, [I] pp. Very good or better. Antson (1899-1945) was an Estonian teacher, journalist, and writer who participated in the "Aktsioon" ("Action") literary group and co-published the eponymous series of almanacs (1926, 1927 and 1929). In addition to his travel writing, Antson was known for his plays, which were often leftist and pacifist in orientation. Much of his work was influenced by expressionism and detailed the horrors of war and revolution. This collection of satirical epigrams, in three volumes published over six years (a final, fourth volume appeared in 1946), takes sharp aim at the literary, cultural, but also political establishment, not only in Estonia but in Europe at large (witness the "Hitler" epigram in the 1933 collection!). The set also represents a striking cross-section of Estonian modernist design of the late 1920s, with one wrapper each designed by Peet Aren (1889-1970), Märt Laarman (1896-1979), and Jaan Vahtra (1882-1947). Laarman was one of the outstanding followers of cubism and constructivism in Estonia. His "numerous book-covers and illustrations present the possibilities of applying such a method in the field of book graphics that is based upon the constructive rhythm of simple and expressive planes. Moreover, Laarman was the first to apply the principles of Elementary Typography, new at that time, in the design of architectonically expressive and homogeneous books" (Rein Loodus, 21). In addition to his own work, Laarman was also instrumental in furthering public awareness of avantgarde art: "Laarman edited and published The Book of New Art (1928), the group's programmatic almanac, which helped the public develop a better understanding of the avant-garde" (Art of the Baltics, 38). Rare; KVK, OCLC show a single copy of vol. I at Göttingen, of vol. 2 at Helsinki, and of vol. 3 at UCLA. Seller Inventory # 48566

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