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How Columbus Discovered America.
London: Printed in Czechoslovakia for Bancroft & Co. Ltd, [1960]. London: Printed in Czechoslovakia for Bancroft & Co. Ltd,, [1960]. 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, otherwise a fine copy in excellent working condition. First edition. The pop-up depicts Columbus's three ships — the Niña, the Pinta, and the Santa María — on their voyage. The cord rigging for the sails on the Santa María are still attached and the volvelle on the rear board functions perfectly and turns to reveal Columbus's routes across the Atlantic. It is part of Kubašta's Westminster Books "Panascopic Model Series". Vojtech Kubašta (1914-1992) was a Czech architect and artist best known for his three-dimensional books. Throughout the 1960s and 70s his ingenious books were translated into dozens of languages.
Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA member [London, United Kingdom]

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