An illustration from the back cover of an undated booklet titled “Hungarian Specialities” published by IBUSZ in Budapest. Graphics are credited to Ervin Ágas.
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This Hungarian guide book, Kisemlösök (Rodents), was published in Budapest in 1985. It’s one of several similar handy illustrated books that I picked up on my recent trip. More exciting drawings of bats to follow (and maybe some rats and squirrels later on?).
One of my favorite discoveries during my brief time scouring Budapest’s used bookstores on my recent trip, was a series of old staple-bound books about military technology published in the 1970s and early 1980s. I picked up four of them solely for the beautifully clear and vibrant illustrations and cover art by Otto Mólnar. I’m sure I’ll be posting more of his work later on, but for now I’ll focus on the paratrooper-centered Eg Es Föld Között, published in Budapest in 1980. Special thanks to Paper Dungeon for directing me to great shops; very glad us Tumblr buddies could finally meet up in person too! More by Otto Mólnar here.