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Origami Bibliography

PostPosted: Tue Nov 29, 2011 9:49 am
by Wayne
I'm currently trying to compile a bibliography of all origami books published.
A complete bibliography will aid the BOS in compiling future additions to its ever expanding library and will also be a useful source of research for historians and collectors.
I would be grateful in any assistance in this matter you can give by sending any lists of origami books you may have so I can add it to the database I'm compiling.
This can be any format but it would be easier if it was in text form, excel spreadsheet, comma separated values or Microsoft Office database format.
The information required would be ideally be Title, Author, Publisher, Date, and ISBN as a minimum but any further information would be helpful.
A picture of the cover would a helpful addition in any common image format (preferably tiff, png or jpg) as this may help with translation of foreign language titles with the aid of internet translation tools if needed.
I've already started this task but I am particularly looking for a complete copy of Gershon Legmans "Bibliography Of Paper-Folding" (the BOS Library copy I have is missing two pages) and Juan Gimeno Viguera's 2001 "Bibliografia De Papiroflexia” (a list of primarily Spanish origami titles).
Wayne Brown

Copies of Gershon Legman Bibliography of Paper Folding

PostPosted: Fri Dec 02, 2011 2:02 am
by Joan Sallas
Here are by Abebooks two copies of Legman 'Bibliography of Paper-Folding':
http://www.abebooks.co.uk/servlet/Searc ... er+folding

Probably the BOS is interested to buy an original copy of this so important document for the folding bibliography, and so restore the missing pages.

Legmans Bibliography is really a rare document only present in a few libraries in the world like
the National Library of Scotland and the British Library in GB, the Padore Library in Germany, the Simon Fraser University Library in Canada, the New York Public Library (only as Microfilm) and the OUSA Library (with Legmans handwrited dedication to Lilian Oppenheimer in 1957) in USA. In David Listers private library exist probably an original copy of this document too.

If the BOS don't pay for it, I will send you without comments a pdf of the original copy from the Padore Library.

Re: origami books that include a bibliography

PostPosted: Sat Dec 03, 2011 10:59 pm
by Chris Lott
This is a big project! I can contribute data from my collection, but I have some questions too:

1) Are you planning to make this web accessible in some way?

2) Have you thought about keeping the data in some kind of open format for citations to make it more usable?

3) Are you already gathering information from other sources (library catalogs, etc) in order not to reinvent the wheel?

4) You might check with people on major book collecting/managing sites, like LibraryThing, for contributions... are thinking about that?

Re: origami books that include a bibliography

PostPosted: Mon Dec 05, 2011 5:32 pm
by Joan Sallas
1) Are you planning to make this web accessible in some way?

yes

2) Have you thought about keeping the data in some kind of open format for citations to make it more usable?

yes

3) Are you already gathering information from other sources (library catalogs, etc) in order not to reinvent the wheel?

yes

4) You might check with people on major book collecting/managing sites, like LibraryThing, for contributions... are thinking about that?[/quote]

no, we try to buid a own page

Re: origami books that include a bibliography

PostPosted: Wed Dec 07, 2011 6:13 pm
by Edwin Corrie
There's an interesting bibliography of paperfolding books in "Recreational Mathematics: A Guide to the Literature", available here:

http://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=uc1.b4248658

The paperfolding section starts on page 76. The book is available quite cheaply from Amazon and other secondhand booksellers.

Recreational mathematics is a vast field in itself, and paperfolding is just one aspect. A very thorough bibliography has been compiled by David Singmaster and is also available online if you search for "Sources in Recreational Mathematics", although most of the books he lists have more to do with conjuring and puzzles than paperfolding.

Re: origami books that include a bibliography

PostPosted: Wed Dec 07, 2011 8:55 pm
by Joan Sallas
Thanks Edwin for the information about the (perhaps first) bibliography of paper folding in a cientific book, that I didn't know.

The bibliography of paperfolding in William L. Schaafs "Recreational Mathematics: A Guide to the Literature" contains informations of 46 books: 38 english, 4 german, 3 spanish and 1 french. Schaaf includes in his bibliography 20 books that didn't mentioned in Gershon "Bibliography of Paperfolding" (1952). Mostly of this new listed books are more mathematical than recreative books.

The link that you give us shows the 2nd edition of 1958, with 144 pages. The 1st edition was in 1955 and had only 129 pages, and the 3rd edition of 1963 had 156 pages. Perhaps the bibliography of paperfolding in each edition includes diferents books too. Know someone the 1st or 3rd edition?

joan

Re: origami books that include a bibliography

PostPosted: Thu Dec 08, 2011 12:49 am
by Edwin Corrie
Hi Joan,

I have the 3rd edition (1963). The extra pages list books published between 1957 and 1962, but only a couple relate to paperfolding. They are:

"Paper Folding for Fun" (Murray & Rigney)
"Origami: Japanese Paperfolding" (Florence Sakade)
"Paper Folding for the Mathematics Class" (Donovan Johnson, 1957)

The last one was published by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, in America (same as William Schaaf's book).

(By the way, many thanks for the book. I need to e-mail you about that.)

Re: origami books that include a bibliography

PostPosted: Thu Dec 08, 2011 9:28 am
by Joan Sallas
Murrays "Fun with Paper Folding" (New York, Chicago, London, Edinburgh: Heming H. Revell, 1928) was listed in Schaafs 2nd edition. Probably the "Paperfolding for Fun" in the 3rd edition that Edwin mentioned, means the revised edition under the title "Paper Folding for Beginners Formerly titled: Fun With Paper Folding" (NY: Dover, 1960), which was later republished under the title "Fun with Paper Folding and Origami" (NY: Dover, 1995)

Re: origami books that include a bibliography

PostPosted: Thu Dec 08, 2011 12:22 pm
by Nick
Joan Sallas wrote:Murrays "Fun with Paper Folding" (New York, Chicago, London, Edinburgh: Heming H. Revell, 1928)


There's a write-up with images of this book on my blog

http://www.nickrobinson.info/origami/wp_ori/?p=38

Re: origami books that include a bibliography

PostPosted: Fri Dec 09, 2011 12:20 am
by Edwin Corrie
Quite right, it actually says "A revision of Fun with Paper Folding". It was getting late when I posted that and I assumed it was just the old Dover book that we all know. Interesting article of yours Nick - I wasn't aware of the book's history.