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Richardson Collection of Movable Books
This guide provides information on the Richardson Collection and movable books. Enjoy!
The earliest surviving examples of movable books are from the 13thCentury. While it is not known who actually invented the first movable book, Ramon Llull of Majorca, a poet, used revolving disks (known as volvelles) in his literature to help demonstrate his complex theories. Each Category of Group, Unit, and Letter would be placed onto their own circle. These circles would them be placed one on top of the other and would turn to reveal information.
"Lift-the-flap” type pop-ups were seen as early as the 14th century. These devices were used more for anatomy books than any other type of literature. The most famous, printed in 1543, was Andreas Vesalius' De humani corporis fabrica librorumepitome, featured the human anatomy in seven superimposed layers. How much cooler would anatomy textbooks be today, if they still used methods like this?!
It was not until the 18th Century that the devices of movable literature moved into the world Children’s literature. In 1770, publisher Robert Sayer produced a line of books called, “metamorphoses books.” Also called, “harlequinades” or “turn-up” books, these books were composed of single, printed sheets folded perpendicularly into four. Hinged at the top and bottom of each fold, the picture was cut through horizontally across the center to make two flaps that could be opened up or down. When raised, the pages disclosed another hidden picture underneath, each having a few lines of text. This is what inspired the popularity of paper dolls in the early 1800s.
Dean & Son Publishing were responsible for the release of the first large quantity of movable books in the 1860s and prided themselves in the construction methods they used to complete their books. Dean & Son created a special department solely devoted to the creation of movable books, where they specialized in the “peep-show” method, no called tunnel books. In this method, each layer of material is connected to the next by a piece of ribbon that would come out at the top layer. When this ribbon was pulled, the whole page would come to life and into perspective.
The Father of the Pop-Up Book
Lothar Meggendorfer is known as the father of the Pop-Up Book. While many types of movable books came before him, Lothar is credited as inventing the Pop-Up book as we think of it today. In the 19th Century, Lothar Meggendorfer was not satisfied with the current status of moveable books and wanted more than one action per page, which had never been done before. His first books often contained five parts per page that could move simultaneously and in different directions.
Meggendorfer was known for integrating intricate levers and pull tabs that were hidden in between pages. He also used many new elements including curls of copper wire, metal rivets, and other devices that would be attached to the levers and pull tabs. Many of the methods that Meggendorfer is credited with are still used in Pop-Up books today. While Lothar Meggendorfer is the father of the Pop-Up Book, the term “Pop-Up” wouldn’t be used until much later. Each year, the Moveable Book Society awards a pop-up book an award in the name of Meggendorfer.
Pop-Up Books Move to the United States
The first movable books produced in American came from the McLoughlin Brothers, out of New York. The McLoughlin Brothers released two separate series of a line of books called the “Little Showman’s Series” in the 1880s. These books all contained three-dimensional scenes that often unfolded into multi-layered displays.
One of the First World War Began, production of the labor-intense movable books decreased dramatically. In 1929, a brand new series of movable books were released. Publisher S. Louis Giraud originated and produced a line of books called “Living Models,” which featured moveable items. These books are what we would consider authentic “Pop-Up” books. The main difference between Giraud’s books and his German counterparts was the price. German Pop-Up books were relatively expensive, and Giraud’s books were much more moderately priced. The main difference was the production process, Giraud’s books were made using cheaper, coarse paper, and cheaper printing techniques. Despite the lack of quality, Giraud's books reached a much wider audience and were extremely popular.
With three daytime Emmy nominations and support and praise from the environmental community, Captain Planet moves from the television screen to the printed page in this pop-up book. Complete with six full-color spreads, the book features scenes from popular Captain Planet episodes as well as tips on How to Save the Earth.
"I'm beside myself, I can barely write thisthe design on my left hand is now extended up my wrist..." So deepens the enigma of The Tattooed Map, a richly illustrated and thoroughly captivating first novel by Barbara Hodgson. Somewhere in Northern Africa, an intrepid traveler awakens with a mysterious mark on her hand that soon develops into a detailed, macabre map spreading across her skin. As Lydia's private journal entries unfoldcomplete with fold-out maps, photographs, drawings, and handwritten notesthe reader becomes as drawn into the conundrum of the tattooed map as Lydia herself. When Lydia disappears and her friend Christopher takes up her journal to record his search for her, the situation becomes even more puzzlinguntil the book's haunting resolution. In this unique novel, as engrossing to look at as it is to read, Hodgson has crafted a spine-tingling mystery that will make armchair adventurers want to embark upon their own journeysif only they could be sure of their return.
Filled with an array of surprises, the book features historically accurate artwork exclusively drawn by artist Chuck Fischer, who combines real photography with his own painting to create a masterpiece in each double-page spread. The spread includes pops of both house and garden, and informative booklets about each estate's house, gardens, and history. Among the fabulous pop-ups are elaborate full-scale replicas of Biltmore and Monticello, as well as a moveable carousel showing each season in the famed Winterthur gardens. A concertina allows a see-through of the Governor's Palace at Colonial Williamsburg.
Bestselling author and Miss Spider creator David Kirk brings us this amazingly intricate pop-up version of his beloved fable Nova's Ark. This hardcover, with eight spreads and eight gatefolds bursting with 3-D images of Nova, his many spaceships, and his metallic menagerie of friends, will be treasured by children (and adults) for years to come.
Everyone has a bad day, but when superstars fall apart in public, it's international news. This work includes antics from famous and fabulous names including Russell Crowe, Tom Cruise, Hugh Grant, Paris Hilton, Janet and Michael Jackson, Kate Moss, Winona Ryder, O J Simpson, and Mike Tyson.
This beautiful book will appeal to children and grownups. Well know paper engineer, Chuck Murphy, has created 4 graceful pop ups per page. This book had pop ups, lift the flaps and pull tabs. This is a classic Chuch Murphy title with is black and white
The attractive, illustrated Master Builder: Skyscrapers features a description of each building's historical significance, architectural context and photographs. The kit's intricate models are printed on durable artboard on perforated pages that are easily removed from the book's spiral binding. Each comes with a specially printed paper base that recreates its environment in an elegant display space. Special features include stamped foil to portray the Chrysler Building's stunning metallic accents and a battery-operated light to illuminate the model's interior.
An innovative format and breathtaking concept meet in this trip around the world and back again. This 32-page book fan folds out into a single panorama that takes the reader from India to Ecuador and from Iceland to Romania. Each natural scene seamlessly runs into the next, incorporating each area's natural beauty and indigenous wildlife. On the reverse of the fanfold, the same scenes and locations are shown at night. It's a beautiful and memorable look at the world from differing perspectives, eye-catching and completely unique.
Located in a bustling Chicago neighborhood, Wrigley Field is one of the oldest ballparks in the Major Leagues. Featuring photographs of key games and notable players, a complete chronology of the ballpark and a colour pop-up, 'Wrigley Field' is a unique celebration of this temple to baseball.
Loving someone to the moon and back takes on a whole new dimension! The cherished classic is even more enticing in a pop-up edition. When Big and Little Nutbrown Hare show off how much they love each other, don't you wish you could watch them stretch out their arms, hop as high as they can, and tumble upside down with their feet in the air? Well, now you can! Beautifully designed flaps, tabs, and pop-ups respect the integrity of the original story and illustrations while adding a delightfully kinetic 3D element that is truly irresistible. Featuring a beautiful cover, this treasured tale is the ideal gift for anyone who loves someone more than they can measure.
Explore some of London's most famous sites in an engrossing novelty book. Welcome to the great city of London! Are you ready for your tour? Open this inviting, large-format book and follow the river Thames as it winds through the heart of the celebrated capital. Peer inside Buckingham Palace, spin the London Eye, whisper in Saint Paul’s Cathedral gallery, and raise the historic Tower Bridge. Lift the flaps, and you’ll find famous faces, spooky stories, and surprising secrets. Turn the book around to look inside buildings and find out even more. Be inspired by the magic of London in three dimensions.
Ahoy mateys! Here be secrets to unfold if ye dream of being a buccaneer. Want to become a pirate? You need this book! Discover the real (and revolting) life of a pirate, from recruitment (don't call us, we'll kidnap you!), grub (cackle fruit = eggs), to parts of the ship (the poop deck is not a toilet). Then visit the rogues gallery to meet the most famous pirates to ever set sail.
A fun board book about pets with flaps and pop-ups! Join Little Bunny as she tries to find her animal friends in a game of hide-and-seek. Kids will love opening the flaps to reveal a 3D pop-up scene! There are five giant flaps and five pop-ups total, and kids will lift the flaps to find Puppy, Kitten, Guinea Pig, Parakeet, Hamster, and Little Bunny too as she joins in on the hiding fun!
Learn about all of Shakespeare's plays in one book! Read about William Shakespeare's plays, sonnets, and poems as you never have before in an entertaining pop-up book collaboration between the internationally known comedy troupe the Reduced Shakespeare Company and best-selling illustrator Jennie Maizels. Featuring five interactive spreads filled with dramatic pop-ups, fun foldouts, hilarious summaries, and fascinating commentaries, this is the perfect introduction to one of the world's greatest playwrights and his enduring works.
In Tropical Fish, David Hawcock presents a fun and colorful pop-up journey under the sea that will delight children, students, nature lovers, and sophisticated bibliophiles alike. As fun to read as it is beautiful to look at, the dynamic Tropical Fish combines exquisite pop-ups and interesting information in one compact volume.
Consummate pop-up master Robert Sabuda offers an elegant ode to possibility that will inspire anyone setting off on a new life chapter. All of life's possibilities are just a page turn away in this beautiful pop-up book from renowned paper artist Robert Sabuda. Throughout, phrases and images evoking potential (an acorn, an egg, a paper airplane) are answered by a glorious 3-D image on the following spread (a towering tree, a flock of birds, a rocket soaring upward). An ideal gift for graduates from kindergarten to college and beyond, Believe is the perfect way to celebrate life's passages and look forward to new horizons.