Various places: “Spartaks”/L. K. P. Rigas Komitej , ca. 1935. Eight pictorial flyers, various sizes (from 10 × 11 to 23.5 × 35 cm), printed on variously colored stock. One flyer with vertical crease, some occasional light wear and toning; else very good or better.
Eight scarce, clandestinely printed propaganda leaflets issued by the Communist Party of Latvia. After the short-lived Latvian Socialist Soviet Republic (1918–1920) was abolished, the Communist Party of Latvia (LKP) was banned and forced to operate underground via a network of covert cells and organizations such as “Red” trade unions and small groups active in factories and workshops. After the Soviet Army entered Latvia in 1940, the LKP was legalized and eventually joined the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. These flyers give a sense of the breadth of illegal communist publishing during the period of censorship and repression. A number of them are highly critical of the government of Karlis Ulmanis (1877–1942), who rose to power through a non-violent coup d'etat in 1934. Although the Party was officially headquartered in Moscow during its exile, these leaflets were illegally published in Riga, explaining the poor printing quality of many of the fliers. Occasionally, noted Latvian avant-garde artists would contribute mimeographed drawings and decorative lettering. A detailed list with dimensions and condition report can be supplied. Book ID: 49068