Kassel, DP Camp Mattenberg: “Giedra”; Leidykla Žvilgsniai, 1947–1948. Quartos (30 × 21.5 cm). Original staple-stitched mimeographed pictorial wrappers; 60 and 66 pp. of mimeographed text to rectos and versos, printed in variously colored ink, with numerous drawings and reproductions, including some tipped-in plates, by Adamkevičius. Issue three signed by Algirdas Landsbergis and Jonas Mekas. Light fraying to spine of no. 3; text toned due to stock; still very good copies. Item #6285
[Avant-Garde Journal by Displaced Person Jonas Mekas]. Two exceedingly rare issues (of three published in total) of this avant-garde literary and arts journal published by Lithuanian-American Fluxus artist, poet, and cinematographer Jonas Mekas (1922–2019), together with his brother Adolfas Mekas (1925–2011) and the artist Vytautas L. Adamkevičius (1923–1998). The journal was published mimeographically in a camp for Lithuanian Displaced Persons (DP) in post-war Germany, where all three found themselves after World War II. Both issues with numerous drawn mimeographed headers, titles, as well as several full-page illustrations Adamkevičius. The fourth issue also features four ex-libris designs, on a separately printed folded plate. The third issue reproduces three abstract “compositions” by K. Janulis, about whom we are unable to find further information. With translations of works by Rilke, Wolfgang Borchert, Thomas Wolfe, and many contributions by young Lithuanian writers. The Mekas brothers and Adamkevičius also published several volumes of experimental prose and poetry under the “Žvilgsniai” imprint. In 1949, Mekas would move to New York, embarking on his career as an experimental film maker and fluxus artist. The second issue of this journal is not held in any library or museum, including Lithuanian institutions, and was likely never issued or confiscated by authorities in the occupied zone in Germany. An extremely rare window into the Mekas brothers’ formative period. The print run is not stated, but is estimated to have been around 100 copies. Scattered libraries hold the 2014 reprint by the Lithuanian Literary and Folklore Institute (sans no. 2). Of the original series, KVK and OCLC show a single issue at MoMA.$6500.