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Des KindDes Kindes Erste Beschaftigungsbuch
 
'Des Kindes Erste Beschaftigungsbuch' by E Barth and W Niederley was first published in Bielefeld and Leipzig. The foreword is dated October 1876.

This book explains and illustrates many designs which are of interest to the paperfolding historian, many of which appear here for the first time.

Chapter 1: Flechtarbeiten (wickerwork - ie paper weaving)

A woven basket from folded strips

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The Woven Cross from folded strips

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The Froebel Star

(used as a Christmas Tree decoration)

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Chapter 2: Das Falten (the folding - ie paper folding)

Part A: Paper folding

How to cut a square from rectangular paper

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How to find the centre of a square

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The Salt Cellar

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The Cross

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The Shirt

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The Jacket

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The Trousers

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A human figure

(made by adding the Mitre to the Jacket and Trousers)

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The Chair

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The Table

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The Boat with Sail

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The (uncut) Windmill

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The Double Boat

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The Boat with Fish Box

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The Portfolio

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The Junk Box

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The Looking Glass

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The Chinese Junk

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The Bellows

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The Puzzle Purse / Menko

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The Newspaper Hat

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The Wall Pocket

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Coin Vanish Trick

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The Paper Boat

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The Pencil Case

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The Dart

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The Wallet

The Wallet is folded from a 3x2 rectangle.

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The Single and Double Barrelled Bangers

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A Pleated Lampshade

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The Chicken Wire Letterfold

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Part B: Serviette Folding:

The Cross

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The Lotus

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Miscellaneous designs

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The Fan

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The Swan

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Chapter 4: Das Aufschneiden (the cutting ie fold and cut designs)

The Fold and Slit Paper Frill

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The Fold and Slit Chevron Trellis

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The Fold and Slit Chevron Cross

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How to Climb Through a Playing Card

(This is the correct template for this design but since I cannot read German I am not certain it is the effect being described)

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The Fold and Slit Trellis

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The Fold and Slit Cage

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The Cut and Fold Windmill

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The Wind Wheel

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The XYZ Sphere

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The Catherine of Cleves Box

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How to make a regular hexagon

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There are also instructions on how to make various animals that could be characterised as fold, cut and fold designs, of which the elephant below is a good example.

Chapter 7: Kinderspiele (children's games)

Part A: Der Soldat im Freien (the soldier in the outdoors)

which contains ...

Der Harmonika / The Witch's Ladder