The American book specialist and historian of publishing, James Howard Fraser has compiled materials about book design and publishing in Latvia between two world wars. Alongside the output of Latvian publishers the author has studied also Russian, Jewish and German publications and their place in the life of respective ethnic community.
The author provides a survey of the most significant Latvian publishing houses and publications of the 1920s-1930s which is hitherto the most comprehensive overview of the activities of Latvian, Russian, Jewish and German publishers in Latvia in the interwar period.
The book includes more than 700 illustrations, showing the diversity of publications and book design between the wars. The focus of James Howard Fraser’s research extends from books to magazines, newspapers, catalogues and calendars.
The book is supplemented with a summary on publishing activities and ethnic communities in Latvia prior to1914 and after 1940 by Raimonds Briedis, a specialist in literature and professor of the Latvian Academy of Culture.