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Designs developed from the Double Bookfold Basic Form
 
This page attempts to record what is known about the history of designs developed from the Double Bookfold Basic Form. Please contact me if you know any of this information is incorrect or if you have any other information that should be added. Thank you.

The Double Bookfold Basic Form is made from a square by bookfolding / turning over, bookfolding again.

There is a separate page for designs developed from the Pig Base.

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1873

As far as I know designs developed from the double bookfold basic form first appear in 'Die Praxis Des Kindergartens' by Auguste Koehler, which was published by Herman Bohlau in Weimar in 1873.

In Plate XXV below steps 1 to 5 produce the basic form itself. Picture 6 is a version of the Cup and Saucer, picture 7 is Version 2 of the Cigar Case. The Cigar Case is then turned into the Pig Base which is developed into the Pig (picture 12) and the Corner Cabinet (picture 18). Pictures 13 to 17 show five designs developed from the Cup and Saucer:

Schussweite / The Shooting Range

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Bank mit Lehne / The Bench

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Haus mit Borplas / House with ?

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Sopha / The Bench with Arms

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Picture 17 is not mentioned in the text but appears to be Another Double Boat which is developed from Version 2 of the Cigar case.

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The text also mentions two other designs called Badtrog (Bath Tub) and Rinne (Gutter). These forms are not pictured and I cannot reconstruct them from the description.

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1877

Many of the same designs appear in 'Kindergarten Practice' by Mary Gurney is substantially abridged version, in two parts, of 'Die Praxis Des Kindergartens' by Auguste Koehler. The second part, 'Froebel's Plane Surfaces', contains sections dealing with paper folding, cutting and weaving. The date of the first edition is not known. The second edition was published in 1877 in London by A N Myers and Co.

The Double Bookfold basic Form

The illustrations only make sense if the paper is turned over between pictures 18 and 19. Perhaps this is what 'The flat surface of the form is laid below' is intended to mean.

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The Cup and Saucer

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The Cigar Case (Version 2)

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Seat / The Bench

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Armchair / The Bench with Arms

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Twin Boat / Another Double Boat

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