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Kubasta Nativity Lidov Betlem

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Kubašta, Vojtěch - Lidov Betlem

Nativity "pop-up" scene by Vojtěch Kubašta

Extremely hard to find Kubasta nativity.

Fine condition un-cut

This is the 1992 second edition of Lidovy Betlém, the first edition was published as a construction cut and paste sheet in 1953. The 1953 edition can also be seen on this website. Both editions are very difficult to find.

Set in a farmouse kitchen in Czechloslovakia

The publishing information says:

Lidovy betlém. Nakreslil Vojtéch Kubasta. Vydalo nakladatelstvi a vy- davatelstvi Panorama, Praha 1992. Odpovédnå redaktorka Helena Bradovå. 2. vydåni. GRAFIATISK a. s., DéCin. Illustrations@Vojtéch KubaSta, 1991

Which translates to:
Nativity scene. Drawn by Vojtěch Kubašta. Published by vy- davatelstvi and Panorama Publishing House, Praha 1992. Managing editor Helena Brad's. 2nd edition. GRAFIATISK A. S., Decin. Illustrations @ Vojtěch Kubašta 1991

If you would like a better view of what this nativity looks like standing up, the following website pictures this 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 very first one appeared in 1939 in the Czech magazine Echoes (we will post photos on this website soon)

The next 4 were all inserted into a Czech magazine in 1951, 1952, 1953, and 1954 as Christmas decorations. They were:

ČESKÉ JESLIČKY – “CZECH crib” – 1951 (re-printed in Czechoslovakia in 1991, by Grafiatisk, A.S., with the later edition on heavier paper and entitled Český Betlém

2. Pojďte s námi do Betléma - "Come with us to Bethlehem" - 1952 (no known re-prints)

3. Lidovy Betlem - "People’s Crèche" - 1953 - reprinted in 1991 on heavier glossier paper

4. Moravské Jesličky - "Moravian crib" - 1954 (We have this one in our collection as well. With no re-prints known - few collectors know what it looks like. Please feel free to inquire.

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


Product Code: K-58