HOY: Revista Mensual. Portavoz del Comité Regional en Cataluña de los Industrias de la Edificación Madera y Decoración. Vol I, no. 1 (all published?)

Barcelona: Comité Regional en Cataluña de los Industrias de la Edificación Madera y Decoración, C.N.T - A.I.T., 1937. First Edition. The unlikeliest of publishing endeavors during the depredations of wartime: an avant-garde, large-format, lavishly illustrated journal of architecture and decorative arts, issued no less under the auspices of an anarchist workers federation. The editors intended to usher in a new era of progressivism and modernism following the defeat of the fascist rebels in the July Barcelona uprising of 1936 ("...aquel magnifico y revolucionario 19 de julio, tan digno y decisivo; no solo como fin de etapa, sino tambien como prologo de una etapa nueva repleta de posibilidades, consequidas ya en parte ye en parte perfiladas, no siempre malogradas..."), and the magazine fashioned itself upon the model of such avant-garde revolutionary journals as the Soviet Union's USSR in Construction and the American Labor Defender, with bold photo-montage layouts and modernist typography. The timing was not propitious. By December 1937 the Republic was mired in an increasingly hopeless civil war, and the glorious New Era that had seemed so certain in July of 1936 was now a rapidly fading hope. The magazine appears to have lasted for only a single issue before folding; today it is extremely rare, with no examples in North America and only two physical locations noted in European institutions via COPAC and OCLC (Biblioteca Nacional and Bibliotheque Nanterre). BNE attributes editorship to the avant-garde graphic artist Darío Carmona de la Puente, but this information does not appear to derive from the publication itself, which makes no editorial attribution. Large folio (49cm). Staple-bound pictorial paper wrappers; 23pp; illus. Horizontal fold; partial perforation at bound edge; creasing to corners with marginal soil to wrappers and a few chips to contents; a sound, Good or better example.

Price: $750.00

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