Item #1414 Proza. Algirdas Landsbergis, Jonas Mekas, Adolfas Mekas, Leonas Letas, Vytautas Leonas Adamkevicius.
One of the Earliest Literary Works of Jonas Mekas


[Kassel]: Leidykla Zvilgsniai, [N.d. but 1947]. Layout design by Vytautas Leonas Adamkevicius. First edition. Limited edition of 80 copies. Mimeographed typescript. Saddle-stitched, in publisher’s printed wrappers. With decorative section titles and red initials. 104, (2) p. Small damage to the spine at the tail. Pages yellowed due to acidic paper, particularly the last. Overall in fine condition.

A selection of Lithuanian post-war novels, including one of the earliest literary works of the Lithuanian American filmmaker, poet and artist, "the godfather of American avant-garde cinema", Jonas Mekas.

Jonas Mekas (1922–2019) wrote and published his early avant-garde novel in 1947 while living in a displaced persons camp in Kassel, Germany. The mimeographed book was published by Zvilgsniai, a publishing house which Mekas founded together with his brother, Adolfas Mekas (1925–2011) and two other Lithuanian exile writers, Vytautas Leonas Adamkeviciaus (1923–1998) and Algirdas Landsbergis (1924–2004), whose works are also featured in this book. Zvilgsniai was also the publisher of the avant-garde magazine of the same name.

The layout of the book was designed by the Lithuanian avant-garde poet, Vytautas Leonas Adamkeviciaus, also known as Leonas Letas, who was the designer of most of Zvilgsniai’s publications.

All four authors of the book emigrated to the United States in 1949, where Jonas Mekas made his career as one of the most important experimental filmmakers, artists and curators. Jonas and Adolfas Mekas were also the publishers of the magazine, Film Culture which they founded in New York in 1954.

Extremely scarce.


Price: €3,000.00