I’ve always been drawn to books which require some action on the part of the reader (witness the French magazine you could listen to on a record player), or books which have been created or altered in some way for posterity (such as volumes of early nineteenth-century feuilletons or the 1738 Lutheran best-seller cut into loose leaves and put in a leather box). Here’s something which, in a way, does both.
Published in about 1960, it’s the story of the Cuban Revolution, 1933–1959, told through 320 coloured estampas that children were to paste into blank printed spaces in the book. This copy is complete, with all its required estampas.
The preface states that ‘Libertad o muerte is a different kind of historical account. Not just because of its format, but for its unbiased objectivity … dispensing with cheap sensationalism and sheer commerce …’, that it is a ‘fount of knowledge for children’ and a useful reference for adults.