Dillingen: Musu Kelio Leidinys, 1947. Petravicius, Viktoras [illustrator]. Limited edition. Original pictorial wrappers. Very good condition. Item #108
189 pages with twenty-five full-page linocut prints. Crown octavo (14.5 x 20.5 cm). Text in Lithuanian. Original pictorial wrappers with a linocut print. Both cover and prints illustrated by Viktoras Petravicius. Limited edition of 3000 copies, of which 500 on better quality paper and 300 numbered and signed, this copy is no. 38. Signed by the author, Faustas Kirsha. Inscribed and signed in blue fountain pen by the illustrator, Viktoras Petravicius, to title. “Lithuanian” stamp to upper right title. Uncut pages. Light wear to wrappers and spine. Overall very good. This book came from a collection of the Ukrainian professor, A. Granovsky.
Faustas Kirsha (1891-1964) [Lith.: Faustas Kirša] began his publishing poems in 1912. The first book, Verpetai [Puddles], was released in 1918. In poetry, he focused on the poetics of symbolism. Most of his poems are meditative. In 1944 he emigrated from Lithuania to Germany, where he spent several years in a camp for Baltic Displaced Persons (DP). In the camp author published a collection of poems imbued with nostalgia. Tolumos was the only DP publication by Faustas Kirsha. In 1949 he moved to the United States. The author wrote just one more book after Tolumos in 1951. Its title is Šventieji akmenys [Sacred stones]
Viktoras Petravicius (1906-1989) [Lith.: Viktoras Petravičius] is a Lithuanian artist and illustrator. His works are characterized by genuine primitiveness, simplicity, details of Lithuanian life, ornamentation and lyricism. His style brings with it a naivete closely aligned with Marc Chagall, but the stark quality of his work was clear and refreshing. Linocuts from the Tolumos book are among the most important and famous works of the artist.
This is the only edition of the book, never republished. OCLC shows eighteen copies of the book in different institutions worldwide (Library of Congress, NYPL, Yale University Library, and others,) all the same edition. However, we couldn’t trace any numbered or signed copy. No copies found in the trade.