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Cours de Travail Manuel (Pour les Garcons) by A Planty, 1887
 
'Cours de Travail Manuel (Pour les Garcons) - Premiere Partie - Cours Elementaire' by A Planty was published by Gedalge Jeune in Paris in 1887. (The second part deals with the Cours Moyen and does not contain any references to paperfolding.)

The first part of the preface states that the work is a response to 'the Programme of July 27, 1882 which, up to this day, has been little understood: we are talking about the Teaching of Manual Work in primary schools for boys.'

Chapter 1 states 'The small activities of folding, weaving, braiding answering perfectly to the first part of the programme: Manual exercises intended to develop the dexterity of the hand, we thought it necessary to place them at the head of the Elementary Course.'

The complete Preface and chapters 1 to 9, which feature paperfolding, are reproduced below. A full copy of the work can be accessed at Cours de travail manuel : (pour les garçons). R... (babordnum.fr)

It is worth noting that all the instructions show that the designs are to be folded from coloured paper that is the same colour on both sides. I have used the term 'rosette' to name the windmill base patterns in order to distinguish them from similar, or identical,designs in the Froebelian tradition.

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Chapeau de gendarme / A wide version of the Newspaper Hat

In the introduction to Chapter 1 the author says 'Everyone is familiar with these folds, because everyone was a child, wore the legendary hat ...'.

(The second instruction in the diagrams seems to be incorrect.)

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Portefeuille en papier / Wallet

In the introduction to Chapter 1 the author says 'Everyone is familiar with these folds, because everyone was a child ... made what we called the wallet to hold his feathers or his 'bon points'.

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Cocotte en papier / The Cocotte / Pajarita

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Table en papier / La petite table / The Table

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Un sorte de rosace ( A sort of rosette) / The Windmill

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les quatre cares (the four squares) / The Windmill Base

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une jolie rosace / Rosette 1

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3e rosace / Rosette 1a (variant)

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4e rosace / Rosette 2a (left) and Rosette 3a (right)

In these simple 'a' versions of what I call rosettes 2 and 3 the folds are made forwards rather than backwards, presumably for simplicity.

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Cares superimposes / Superimposed Squares / Octagram

(Folded from a doubly blintzed square. Note that there are no location points for the folds that create the extra points.)

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Octagone / Octagon

(Folded from a singly blintzed square. Note that there are no location points for the folds that blunt the corners of the square.)

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Pliage de bandelettes / Strip Folding

(for details see pages below)

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Strip Folded Letters

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