The first ever "waddle" book, with two original watercolor prototype waddle figures created by Fred Voges.
Near fine in very good jacket.
"The story book with characters that come out and walk"
Waddle books, an innovation by Blue Ribbon dating to around the same time they coined the term "pop-up," included die-cut figures that could be popped out of paper leaves and assembled to move without contrivances. This copy includes 2 waddle figures used as prototypes for the book. The first prototype is Mickey Mouse; the second, Bandit Rooster, did not make it into the final production. Each figure is complete in 5 and 4 pieces respectively, but without the metal connections – instead there are tiny slats that allow the pieces to stand. The final published waddles are not present in this copy; according to Cecil Munsey, only two unpunched examples are known to exist and "very few complete specimens have been found" even in punched state. Included is the original letter of provenance, describing the prototypes' acquisition directly from Fred Voges, one of the foremost designers of paper and diecast toys, who was involved in the design of the Blue Ribbon pop-ups and waddle books. A thrilling survival, important for any collector of moveables and mechanical books, as well as collectors of Disneyana.
Read more: Munsey, Disneyana, 165, 169.
New York: Blue Ribbon, (1934). 10'' x 7.25''. Original color pictorial boards. In original color pictorial dust jacket. Color endpapers. Illustrated by the Disney Studios with 12 bright color illustrations and many black-and-white images. Instructions for assembling are in the rear.  pages. Two original watercolor prototypes included. Slightest soiling at margins. Jacket rather soiled, with some chips to spine ends and short closed tears at folds.
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