Notes: 93 pages. 10 by 12-1/2 inches. An edition of 200.
The first issue of the literary journal of Ediciones Vigía, which opens with the manifesto for the press. The Revista, which continues to this day, offers typical content for a literary magazine—principally poetry and prose from a variety of writers, many not (yet) well known. However, aesthetically, the issues of the Revista frequently set the standard for design inventiveness, ambition, and the full expression of the artistic ideas that drive Ediciones Vigía.
This issue was designed by Rolando Estévez with drawings by Perla María Pinedo, Carlos Miguel Oliva and Rolando Estévez. The text and illustrations were mimeographed from typed and handwritten stencils on papel de estraza (a low-quality paper made from sugarcane waste). Handcolored throughout. This issue includes a large pergamino (folded broadside), which remains a standard feature of the Revista. For this issue, those working on the book counted the number of decorative collage pieces needed to make the edition of 200 copies—the total exceeded 15,000.
This first issue of the Revista, a fully realized project from the start, is very scarce and is one of the most significant publications from the first decade of the press.
Edition + Condition: Very good. The rear staple has come loose from the back cardstock cover (this issue is nearly an inch thick and is bound with a single staple, so this is a common problem). The paper jacket is also very good.
Publication: Matanzas, Cuba: Ediciones Vigía, 1990.
Item No: #306267