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Kubasta Nativity - Orbis - With BOTH standing figures 1967 Lidové Jesličky - Original 1967 nativity NOT the modern day reprint!

Lidové Jesličky Kubasta Nativity - Orbis - With BOTH standing figures

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Kubašta, Vojtěch - Lidové Jesličky

Pop-up Nativity
Orbis, Praha 1967. 1st edition. Near Fine.
20" X 10"

Includes BOTH of the ORIGINAL separate free standing figures. See photos.

Main pop-up scene is 10 by 20 inches unfolded. 50 [width] x 25 [depth] x 25 [high] cm. 33x25 cm when closed

Excellent condition - all original - Cellophane windows are still intact. A couple of small bends on left edge otherwise Fine.

Lidové Jesličky was published in both 1967 and 1968. This is the original 1967 First edition.

Collectors Corner:

See the November 13 Volume 21 Number 4 edition of Movable Stationary for an informative article on all of Kubasta's Christmas pop-ups by Theo Gielen.

According to the book Pop-ups, Illustrated Books, and Graphic Designs of Czech Artist and Paper Engineer, Vojtech Kubašta (1914 - 1992) by James A Findlay and Ellen G.K. Rubin, "Among the more collectible and rare of Kubašta’s pop-ups are the nativity tableaux. It is estimated that he made fifteen to seventeen nativities including table decorations, greeting cards, and crèches"

The decorative creche sets, some with the stand alone figures are difficult to find with all the pieces. They started out as construction sheets that you put together. The ones that we know about are:

The first 3 were all inserted into a Czech magazine in 1952, 1953, and 1954 as Christmas decorations. They were:

1. Pojďte s námi do Betléma - "Come with us to Bethlehem" - 1952

2. Lidovy Betlem - "People’s Crèche" - 1953 and 1967 - reprinted in 1991

3. Moravské Jesličky - "Moravian crib" - 1954

Later sets:

Lidove Jesličky - "People's Nativity" - 1967 and 1968 - possible 1991 reprint

Vánoční betlém
- (Looks like a Palm Tree nativity) 1968 Oftis - 1990 Giamon Roman - later pirated editions in 90's and poorly printed 2011 edition.

Pražský betlém - 1968 Orbis, 1969 Orbis and a 1991 panorama construction sheet

Loretansky Betlem - Orbis - 1972

Český Betlém - nativity sheet - 1991 (possible earlier one, we don't know)

Product Code: K-33