2012—Fold This! Pop-up Books & Paper Engineering

LEFT TO RIGHT: The Pop-Up Book of M.C. Escher published by Pomegranate Art Books, The Chronicles of Narnia by Robert Sabuda, and “M” and “U” from ABC3D by Marion Bataille

August 3 – September 21, 2012

Astronomicum Caesareum by Michael Ostendorfer (German, (?) ca. 1490-1549 Regensburg); May 1540; Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Movable books have been around for more than 700 years. What started out as tools to enhance predominantly scientific and astrological text, it wasn’t until the 18th century that flaps, rotating disks and various pop-up parts began making an appearance in books “designed for entertainment, particularly for children.” [1]

Pop-up books beg to be explored and played with, and in this exhibit, you’ll be invited to do just that and more. We want you to not only experience their joy and wonder, but also the mechanics of how pop-up books actually work.

In this exhibit, you’ll be able to handle some of our favorites and learn how to construct some of the same folds and surprises that the book designers make.

The Library has a growing collection of pop-up books, many of which are on frequent display throughout our hallways and display areas. Due to their somewhat fragile nature, our pop-ups don’t circulate, but we love to show them off, and encourage you to make an appointment to see them.