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Some Antiquarian Links

PostPosted: Sat Jan 14, 2012 2:53 pm
by oschene
Not in any particular order.

Ball, Katherine M. Paper folding and cutting; a series of foldings and cuttings especially adapted to kindergartens and public schools. Boston: Prang Educational Company, 1892.
(Largely what we call snowflake cutting and the Japanese, monkiri.)

Rice, Horace Letter: How to Fold an Easter Lily, St. Nicholas: a monthly magazine for boys and girls, Volume 41, Part 1, April, 1914: 572-73.
(Shows lilies made from a square and from a hexagon -- really vague diagrams.)

Houdini, Harry. Houdini's Paper Magic. New York: E.P. Dutton & Co., 1922.
(Section Two contains directions for the flapping bird, the jumping frog, the troublewit, the helmet and the puzzle purse, including its use in a cuboctahedral kusudama.)

Hughes, F. Clarke. "Folding Leather Coin Purse." Popular Science March, 1931: 91.
(A Moroccan purse or tato.)

Kallop, Edward. Plane Geometry and Fancy Figures: the Art and Technique of Paper Folding. New York: Cooper Union Museum, 1959.
(The catalog for the famous origami show at the Cooper Union Museum in 1959.)

Tit, Tom. Joujoux en Papier. Paris: Paul Lechevalier, 1924.
(A delightful book of folded models and cut figures. The link goes to the francophone forum, where the file is referenced. Interesting discussion, too.)

Carpenter, Allan. "Paper Folding is Fun for Everyone." Popular Mechanics April, 1946: 196-99.
(A slightly different flapping bird, jumping frog, gum wrapper chain, printer's hat.)

Brown, Sam. "Tricks and Twists with Paper." Popular Mechanics February, 1928: 291-295.
(Magic tricks, the helmet and the salt cellar. Creepy illustrations of joyous children.)

Re: Some Antiquarian Links

PostPosted: Wed Jan 18, 2012 9:49 pm
by Edwin Corrie
Nice set of links - thanks for posting.

Houdini's "Paper Magic" can be viewed on Google Books:

The link to Tom Tit in the French origami forum doesn't seem to be working - maybe a temporary problem, as I came across it a while ago and managed to save a PDF of it.

Re: Some Antiquarian Links

PostPosted: Sat Feb 04, 2012 7:46 pm
by Michel G

About "Joujoux en Papier" by Tom Tit, Editor Paul Lechevalier, Paris,1924
You can download the complete book with following link ... om_Tit.pdf

You will find inside 9 origami things : see the detailled contents I have made (sorry is in French)
Note for Edwin, this pdf has been made by Jean-Jérôme Casalonga which you purhaps have meet him long time ago as me (in the 90's)


Re: Some Antiquarian Links

PostPosted: Wed Feb 08, 2012 11:21 pm
by Edwin Corrie
Hi Michel, it's good to hear from you again - I hope you are keeping well. Jean-Jérôme and I did meet several times back in the 90s.

For some reason I still can't view the Tom Tit book online, but I did manage to save the PDF a while ago when I first found it. Maybe we should post a copy of it here...

german Antiquarian Links

PostPosted: Thu Feb 09, 2012 10:05 pm
by Joan Sallas
I look frequently for old german folding books in these three antiquarian links:

Which other links do you use in other languages?


Re: Some Antiquarian Links

PostPosted: Thu Feb 09, 2012 10:57 pm
by Edwin Corrie

But my favourite is:

because it checks all the above and more (including Amazon secondhand books), and it also compares the prices (including postage to whichever country you select). You can search for titles in a specific language and also set the currency to whatever you want. It's surprising what you can find.

scandinavian and dutch Antiquarian Links

PostPosted: Thu Feb 09, 2012 11:21 pm
by Joan Sallas
Thanks Edwin,

here two scandinavian antiquarian links that I used frequently too:

and here a dutch link, not only for antiquarian, but you can found many old books too:

Somebody know if the antiquarians in France are organized in similars links?


Re: Some Antiquarian Links

PostPosted: Fri Feb 10, 2012 8:45 am
by Edwin Corrie
With Bookfinder you can select English, French, German, Spanish, Italian or Dutch.

For French there is also - not for buying books, but you can view (and possibly also download) a lot of old works. It's like the Hathi Trust site for English ( and the Staatsbibliothek München (, and various others.

Re: Some Antiquarian Links

PostPosted: Fri Feb 10, 2012 10:54 am
by Joan Sallas
bookfinder is really a very good link, but I can't find how to look for a book in a limited number of years. For example "until 1945" or "through 1840 and 1850".
Perhaps this function isn't programed.

Re: Some Antiquarian Links

PostPosted: Fri Feb 10, 2012 1:07 pm
by Edwin Corrie
I don't think it's possible to restrict searches on Bookfinder to particular date ranges. You can select "Used/Out of Print" or "First Edition" to avoid modern reprints, although sometimes the reprints are okay if you just want the book for the information in it and aren't worried about original editions. With very old books it will often show "print on demand" versions.

Two more links to antiquarian bookseller websites:

The second one has mainly magic books, but also some on things like tricks and amusements.