YUGOSLAVIAN EDUCATIONAL BOOK: Usodna Igra [The Fatal Game].
An educational and documentary book on fires, caused by children, was published in Yugoslavia in Slovenian language, and superbly illustrated by Marija Vogelnik, a student of the architect Jože Plečnik.
Author: Josip RIBIČIČ (1886-1969), author; Marija VOGELNIK (née GRAFENAUER) (1914-2008), illustrator.
Place and Year: Ljubljana, Yugoslavia: Published by Gasliska zveza LRS [Slovenian Firemen Association]. Printed by Tiskarna ljudske pravice 1956.
Technique: Square 8°.  with orange and black illustrations within text, original wrappers, lithographed in two shades of green and orange, stapled (Very Good, slightly stained, tiny folds in corners).
A beautifully designed book in Slovenian language was published in Yugoslavia in 1956 by a Firemen Association as an educational text for children, warning of setting fire in a domestic situation. The story, accompanied by high quality illustrations, is about boys playing Cowboys and Indians, carelessly setting woods on fire. The last four pages list fires in domestic environments, caused by children between 1954 and 1956.
The author Josip Ribičič (1886-1969) was a teacher and one of the most famous authors of children’s books in Yugoslavia, especially before the WWII, when he was active in Slovenian language on the Italian occupied territory. After WWII he dedicated himself to children’s magazines, short stories and recording reminiscences of children, who actively participated in WW II.
The book was designed and illustrated by an architect, graphic designer and dancer Marija Vogelnik (1914-2008), who studied architecture under Jože Plečnik, and painting and graphic design in Belgrade. She was a famous designer and illustrator of children’s books during and after WWII.
References: OCLC 439592163. Neubauer, Henrik: Vogelnik-Grafenauer, Marija (1914–2008). Slovenska biografija. Slovenska akademija znanosti in umetnosti, Znanstvenoraziskovalni center SAZU, 2013. http://www.slovenska-biografija.si/oseba/sbi803931/#slovenski-biografski-leksikon (15. julij 2018). Izvirna objava v: Slovenski biografski leksikon: 14. zv. Vode - Zdešar. Jože Munda et al. Ljubljana, Slovenska akademija znanosti in umetnosti Znanstvenoraziskovalni center SAZU, 1986.