Editorial CIMA and Ediciones Insignia

 

La Rebellión de los Colgados. Mexico, D.F.: Ediciones Insignia, 1938. 319pp. Trans from German by Pedro Geoffroy Rivas.
La Rebellión de los Colgados. Mexico, D.F.: Editorial Cima, 1940. 319pp. Trans from German by Pedro Geoffroy Rivas.

Treverton in his Traven bibliography says there is a 1938 Ediciones Insignia. Its easily found, but the cover view shows Editorial Cima. Translation (and Prologue according to one listing) by Pedro Geoffroy Rivas.

https://articulo.mercadolibre.com.mx/MLM-634419819-libro-la-rebelion-de-los-colgados-primera-edicion-bruno-t-_JM

 

The only other book by Ediciones Insignia I found was also from 1938 a book titled La Insignia. It is a hopeful poem by Leon Felipe on the Spanish Civil War. The republic fell to Franco's army finally in March 1939. The endpaper notes that the edition was made at Talleres Graficos de la Nacion under the care of Geoffroy Rivas.

https://www.todocoleccion.net/libros-antiguos/1938-primera-edicion-insignia-leon-felipe~x112539771

Esta edición consta de cincuenta ejemplares en papel corsican y 3000 ejemplares en papel chemalin. Colaboraron en su edición los camaradas trabajadores de los Talleres Gráficos de la Nación, en donde se terminó de imprimir el 23 de enero de 1938, al cuidado de Ernesto Madero y Geofffroy Rivas. Los fondos que se obtengan de su venta, se destinarán íntegramente a la edición de las obras del gran antifascista cubano pablo de la Torriente-Brau. Comisario Político en la Bragada de "El Campesino", caido en Majadahonda, el 19 de diciembre de 1936, en defensa de la democracia española. - Ediciones Insignia - México. 1938 xx


This edition consists of fifty copies in corsican paper and 3000 copies in chemalin paper. The working comrades of the Talleres Gráficos de la Nación collaborated in its edition, where it was finished printing on January 23, 1938, under the care of Ernesto Madero and Geofffroy Rivas. The funds obtained from its sale will go entirely to the edition of the works of the great Cuban antifascist Pablo de la Torriente-Brau. Political Commissioner in the Bragada of "El Campesino", fallen in Majadahonda, on December 19, 1936, in defense of Spanish democracy. - Insignia Editions - Mexico. 1938 xx

 

In 1940, almost the same cover, and new title page  
   

 

La Rosa Blanca. Mexico, D.F.: Editorial Cima, 1940. 374pp. Trans from German by Pedro Geoffroy Rivas and Lia Kostakowsky.

CIMA means summit. The summit logo is introduced. I found 11 CIMA titles, one was 1939, the rest were 1940 and 1941. All had very similar covers, no mention of graphics at all, most were novels, literature, not many first rate titles (other than Traven). In general, Editorial Masas did a few high profile books, mostly pamphlets, not a lot of full length books. but some presitigious authors. CIMA did more books but never varied the format, some well known authors and some lessser known.

Lia or Lya Kostakowsky is the daughter of Jakob Kostakowsky, a Russian composer and violinist, emigre from Germany. Her father was a member of LEAR. Her sister is a famous mexican artist Olga Costa married to also famous artist Jose Chavez Morado, LEAR, who did illustrations for an Editorial Masas title. Lya is married to author Luis Cardoza.