How Columbus Discovered America.London, Printed in Czechoslovakia for Bancroft & Co. Ltd, [c. 1960] Stock Code: 123153
NotesThe present pop-up, in fine working condition, depicts Columbus's three ships, the Niña, the Pinta, and the Santa María, on their voyage. The designer, Vojtěch Kubašta (19141992), was a Czech architect and artist who drew on his architectural training to engineer complex three-dimensional folding scenes. "Relatively unknown in his own time despite enormous sales in the West, he illustrated and designed more than 300 books, including the first Czech translation of Winnie-the-Pooh (1949)" (ibid.). It was part of Kubašta's Westminster Books "Panascopic Model Series", and was originally published in 1954 by Artia in Czechoslovakia. This later printing was produced for Bancroft, "the first Western publisher to market Kubata's books, which were eventually translated into 37 languages" (Grolier).
Folio. Original triptych stiff card pictorial boards, illustration to inner cover in light and dark blue, 8 pp. text stapled at fold, double-page pop-up spread with blue cloth hinge, depicting Columbus's three ships against pictorial background, volvelle in shape of ship's wheel mounted to rear cover.
Head- and tailpieces in black and white to text. Pop-up image size: 39 x 27 x 27 cm.
A bit of wear to extremities, the cord rigging for the sails on the Santa María are still attached and the volvelle on the rear board functions perfectly turning to reveal Columbus's routes across the Atlantic; a fine copy in excellent working condition.
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