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German book: Finger Fertig

PostPosted: Mon Jan 09, 2012 4:07 am
by jtbm71
I got the German book "Finger Fertig, Eine Kulturschichte der Serviette", Lit Verlag, 2008. ISBN 978-3-82581307-9

The editor Lothar Kolmer collected articles from eight authors and two by himself. Although I cannot read German, it has some illustrations of the old books abour napkin folding, Harsdörffer, Giegher, Klerr.

It should be a complement of Gefaltete Schönheit.

Good luck,

Jose Tomas Buitrago

Re: German book: Finger Fertig

PostPosted: Mon Jan 09, 2012 3:49 pm
by Edwin Corrie
I saw this too and was going to mention it. It's available from for around €10, and there is a partial preview via Google Books:

In the introduction the author says he was inspired by one of Joan's exhibitions in Dresden, and that Joan also helped with a follow-up exhibition in Vienna.

Re: German book: Finger Fertig

PostPosted: Thu Jan 26, 2012 8:26 am
by Joan Sallas
Thanks José Tomás to write about Lothar Kolmers book in german language "Finger Fertig, Eine Kulturgeschichte der Serviette" (Lit Verlag, 2008). I want explain something more about the origin of this book.

Lothar Kolmer is professor in the University of Salzburg and leader of a gastrosophic society. 2007 he visited my first exhibition about the origin and developement of the napkin folding in the Kunstgewerbemuseum in Dresden and he proposed to bring it to the Salzburger Barockmuseum in Austria for 2008. So I was in contact with this museum in Salzburg. He proposed me to publish the catalog of the exhibition that didn't existed in the Dresden exhibition. He collected the research works of his students about the history of the napkin (not about history of folding) for every capitel of this book, and published it under his name, as usually many univerity professors make. Kolmer want that I write a capitel about napkin folding.

After some discussions with him, I advertised that he don't understood really that my exhibition in Salzburg was about the history of folding art on the napkins and his relation with paperfolding, not a table culture exhibition. In the academic world is frequently to see that the napkin folding art is observed only under the gastronomic perspective. The folding perpective is really sadly ignored.

So I decided with a big financial effort to publish myself a catalog, and in my exhibition in Salzburg were two catalogs: my own „Tischlein deck dich“ (the 1st edition of „Gefaltete Schönheit“) and Kolmars „Finger fertig“, a rare situation. I regret never my decision and I thank Lothar Kolmer for his contakt in Salzburg. I'm sure that he understand today that the napkin folding art is an own subject with many perspectives, one of them, the gastronomic.


Re: German book: Finger Fertig

PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2012 7:51 am
by Edwin Corrie
Thanks for the background information - I thought you were probably involved somehow. But is the text copied from or based on that of "Gefaltete Schönheit"? In any case, even if there is duplication, I would certainly recommend that people buy Joan's book as well ( as it's so beautifully produced.

Re: German book: Finger Fertig

PostPosted: Mon Mar 05, 2012 4:35 pm
by Edwin Corrie
Since the price was "only" about €10 I decided to take a chance and get this. I have to say it's rather disappointing because although napkin folding is shown on the front cover and mentioned in the blurb on the back cover, and although there are many illustrations from old books showing folded napkins, very little of the text is actually about napkin folding. It's a series of academic essays on "napkin culture" by various students. The only interesting part is the illustrations, which seem to be the same as the ones in Joan's book, but not as well reproduced. Joan's "Gefaltete Schönheit" is still the only proper reference work on the subject - "Finger Fertig" is not really a good substitute if you are looking for information about the lost art of napkin folding. The only other relevant material I know of is in old origami magazines like "Quadrato Magico" which are difficult or impossible to obtain now.

Re: German book: Finger Fertig

PostPosted: Sat Mar 10, 2012 1:03 pm
by Joan Sallas
For the people that have this book, here some corrections:

1. The pictures of the pages 33, 37 and 83 aren't from "Klett" (Andreas Klett), as the text to the picture explain. This pictures, as well as the pictures from the pages 16, 18, 21, 23, 25, 27, 28, 32, 33, 37, 43, 95, 111, 113, 114 (without reference), 133, and 143 are taked from the only one original edition of Georg Philip Harsdörffer "Vollständiges und von neuem vermehrtes Trincierbuch" (Nürnberg, 1665) that exist in a public library in Austria, in the Library of the University of Salzburg. The last page about napkin folding with four nice models is sadly missed.

2. The not mentioned (and nowhere remercied) origin of the pictures from the pages 29, 31, 38, 39, 40, 44, 45, 54, 64, 79, 80, 137 is the original exemplar of Andreas Klett "Wohl informirter Tafel-Decker und Trenchant" (Nürnberg: Buggel und Seitz, 1724), borrowed kindly from the Padore Archive/Library in Germany.

3. The pictures of the pages 98, 99, 118, 119 (without reference), 122, 152, 153 are from the author of "Neuangeordnete vollständige Haus- und Land-Bibliothec" (Nürnberg, Franckfurt: Lothners, 1719), the german Andreas Glorez, not from "Gloretz", wenn mentioned. The original exemplar is from the Library of the University of Salzburg too.

4. The book of Conrad Hagger "Neues Saltzburgisches Koch-Buch" (Augsburg, 1719) that appairs in the pages 124 and 155 don't include any mention to napkin folding.

joan sallas

Re: German book: Finger Fertig

PostPosted: Mon Mar 12, 2012 2:01 pm
by Edwin Corrie
I'd noticed that some of the sources for the illustrations seemed to be wrong, and that very little is said about Joan's exhibition which was apparently the inspiration for the book. It's surprising that an academic book like this uses illustrations that have nothing to do with the text, and also pays so little attention to proper crediting.