New York: A mod portrait of the city
This is a book that survived the pulping machines to see another day, and we're so glad it did! First printed in the former Czechoslovakia in 1968, the entire print run was destroyed by the secret police after illustrator Vladimir Fuka escaped to the United States. Only one copy survived, buried under a pile of manuscripts in the author Zdenek Mahler's attic. His grandson finally unearthed it and urged him to re-publish it.
Fifty years on, the book has become a classic, celebrating the unique essence of New York with its charming illustrations and interesting observations and fun facts about the city's history and its inhabitants. "New York, they say, is like poetry. Is a melting pot. Is a giant crystal ball in which everyone can see their own future. Once you've seen New York, you don't have to see anything else."