by [Pop-up Book] [Vojt ch Kuba ta].
London: Bancroft & Co. Ltd., n. d. [circa 1960s]. [Panascopic Model Book #312] Folio (324 by 227 mm), 1-7,  pp., published without title page. Bound in colour-printed pictorial card covers, pages stapled. Lower cover unfolds to form the base a large full-colour pop up of a medieval castle with moveable knights jousting in the foreground. A very good copy, pop-up with one join un-glued but fully intact, including the coloured cellophane in the castle windows. § An early printing of this splendid pop-up book designed by Czech artist Vojt ch Kuba ta. The first edition would have a title printed on the upper board. The story of a young knight who must settle an old feud before departing for the Crusades, the climax of the story is illustrated by the splendid fully-functioning pop-up. It was printed in Czechoslovakia, designed for export to the West. “Given Eastern Bloc isolation, the international popularity of Kuba ta’s books is remarkable. Bancroft, owned by a Czech refugee from the Nazis, was the first Western publisher to market Kuba ta’s books, which were eventually translated into thirty-seven languages.” Grolier/Loker #93. Gubig and Köpcke 59. (Inventory #: 107123)