8°: 80 pp. with colour illustrations, illustrated card boards, original black cloth spine (binding slightly dusty, old name on the front blank endpaper, tiny tears in the gutter of the front endpaper, edges slightly soiled, otherwise in a good condition).
This is a fine example of a Slovenian / Yugoslav mid-century design math primer, richly illustrated with colourful images, promoting socialist values, such as education, hard work, sports, taking care of environment, caring for the animals, equal education for women and supporting the state and its symbols.
The author Rudi Završnik was a pioneer of the Yugoslav post-war primers, many of which are still in use today in adapted versions. In 1961, the year this book was published, he received a state award for his work.
The illustrator Mirko Lebez was art professor and author of several 1950s children’s educational books. During WWII he was imprisoned in a Gonars concentration camp, where he produced a series of drawings.
This is the first edition. The book was also translated to Hungarian, Romanian and Czech and was later republished with different illustrations in further editions.
Only 6 Slovenian institutions hold a copy and no other institution abroad.
References: OCLC 439277264. Šavli, Andrej: Završnik, Rudi (1899–1981). Slovenska biografija.Slovenska akademija znanosti in umetnosti, Znanstvenoraziskovalni center SAZU, 2013.http://www.slovenska-biografija.si/oseba/sbi859232/#slovenski-biografski-leksikon (12. maj 2019). Izvirna objava v: Slovenski biografski leksikon:14. zv. Vode – Zdešar.Jože Munda et al.Ljubljana, Slovenska akademija znanosti in umetnosti Znanstvenoraziskovalni center SAZU, 1986.