How Columbus Discovered America.
London: Bancroft & Co. Ltd., 1960. [Panascopic Model Book #301] Folio (324 by 227 mm), 1-7,  pp., published without title page. Bound in colour-printed pictorial card covers, pages stapled, volvelle of ships steering wheel on upper cover. Lower cover unfolds to form the base a large full-colour pop up of the Nina, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria. A very good copy, closed tears along two folds but otherwise in very good condition with the rigging of the ships still intact. Later printing of this famous pop-up book by Czech artist Vojt ch Kuba ta, with 1960 Artia copyright statement beneath imprint. It was printed in Czechoslovakia, designed for export to the West. Given Eastern Bloc isolation, the international popularity of Kuba tas books is remarkable. Bancroft, owned by a Czech refugee from the Nazis, was the first Western publisher to market Kuba tas books, which were eventually translated into thirty-seven languages. Grolier Childrens 100 #93.
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