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Lithuanian Avant-Garde

Gundymai [Temptations].

Kaunas: "Sakalo" b-ves leidinys, 1932. Octavo (19.8 × 14.1 cm). Original decorative wrappers by Vladas Fedotas-Sipavičius; 64 pp. Some creasing to text block and wear to overlapping wrapper edges; owner signature to first leaf; still about very good.

First edition of this book of avant-garde-inflected verse by a Lithuanian poet about whom we are unable to find any information. With a highly unusual surrealist-constructivist vignette by Vladas Fedotas-Sipavičius (1904–1992), signed and dated by the artist on the plate, and with appealing typographic design throughout.

Fedotas-Sipavičius was born into a Russian family and received his training in Moscow, before returning to Lithuania in 1922. He was largely known for his work in the theatre and performing arts. From 1949 to 1956 he was deported to Siberia by Soviet authorities.

Not in Jankevičiūtė, Lietuvos grafika (The Graphic Arts in Lithuania, 1918–1940).

As of May 2022, KVK, OCLC locate one copy in North America.

Book ID: 52032

Price: $1,250.00