List Arzubide, Germán. El Movimento Estridentista. Xalapa, Veracruz; Mexico: Ediciones de Horizonte, [1926/1927]. First edition. 8vo, 106 pp.; profusely illus., a few in color, incl. 2 color pls., tipped in; missing orig. wrappers, half-title with small loss at top-edge, first and last pages heavily foxed.
A reading copy of this important illustrated chronicle of Estridentista, the avantgarde Mexican literary and visual arts movement. Even without wraps, Arzubide’s history of estridentismo is a beautifully realized book. Descriptions of its founder, Manuel Maples Arce, its headquarters at El Café de Nadie in Mexico City, and its aesthetic principles, are accompanied by scores of vibrant illustrations.
As described by the International Center for the Arts of the Americas, “a good number of the illustrations [...] are unique, given the loss of a large portion of the works by the painters and engravers associated with the group, especially oil paintings.”