An American Indian Camp (cover title).
An American Indian Camp (cover title).
An American Indian Camp (cover title).
(Pop-up Book)

An American Indian Camp (cover title).

Kubasta, Vojtech (illus.)

(London: Bancroft & Co. 1962). Quarto. 8pp., plus a pop-up at the end of the book designed by the acclaimed Czech artist and paper engineer Vojtech Kubasta. The book opens with the tale “The Day of the Bison Hunt” in which Silent Step and his young son, Siwa, are diverted from a fishing journey by a storm. They come upon another tribe’s camp in time to witness a fire ceremony, after which they are invited to join a bison hunt the following day. Illustrated with black & white head-and tailpieces, and depictions of totems inside the covers. With a stunning, colorful, three dimensional pop-up of the camp, with two moveable elements: a woman is shown weaving, moving side-to-side via a lever; and three figures in the foreground dance using a back-and-forth motion of another lever. The book’s three-fold board covers open flat, allowing the pop-up scene, which is nearly a foot tall, to stand up on its own. In a 2014 New York Times feature on Kubasta, paper engineer Robert Sabuda, who was inspired by Kubasta’s books at an early age, described Kubasta’s work as unusual in that he was able to create astonishingly complex, detailed scenes with a single sheet of paper. His pop-up books are also known for their bold, rich color and were printed in Czechoslovakia on special pre-war presses at the state-run publishing house Artia. A fine copy bound in bright, illustrated boards depicting a chief dressed in ceremonial headgear. Item #27645

(Grimes, William, "Wizard Who Made Art Jump Off the Page," New York Times, Jan. 31, 2014).

Price: $450.00