• Steven Heller

The Daily Heller: Feast on the Fruits of the Good Old Avant-Garde

Whether you have unlimited cash, bitcoin or beads and trinkets, or simply an insatiable appetite for historical design artifacts, your needs will be satisfied by the following collections.


The first is the most recent Ursus Rare Books Catalogue 350: Avant-Garde Application & Illustration, featuring familiar, unfamiliar and rare treasures of the Modern era. While the prices are beyond the means of most design fanatics, even the digital catalog will nourish the soul.



A.M. LAPTEV; Piatiletka [5 Year Plan]. Elaborate folding panorama, fully illustrated, including maps & isotypes. Preserved in original illustrated wrappers in a new cloth box.
HANS KIRK: Children's activity book. Many pages with photomontage by Arne Ungermann. 1932.
FASCISM. The book exhibits a masterful use of typography and photography, "which combine to create a monumental work" celebrating evil. 1938.
OSKAR KOKOSCHKA: Die Träumenden Knaben. Illustrated with 10 lithographs (eight in color and two in black and white). 1908.

For fans of Russian Constructivist typography, yet another chapter in the superb online holdings of the Merrill Berman Collection is now available. The work of Solomon Telingater (1903–1969) is just a click away here.

Book cover: Semen Kirsanov, Slovo predostavliaetsia Kirsanovu (Kirsanov is Called Upon to Speak). Moscow: Gosudarstvennoe izdatel'stvo (State Publishing House). 1930
Book cover: Semen Kirsanov, Slovo predostavliaetsia Kirsanovu (Kirsanov is Called Upon to Speak). Moscow: Gosudarstvennoe izdatel'stvo (State Publishing House). 1930.

Interior pages: Alexander Bezymensky, Komsomoliia: Stranitsy epopei (Komsomol: Pages of an Epic). Moscow-Leningrad: Gosizdat, 1928.

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