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Images a Plier by M R Chasles
 
'Images a Plier' is not a single book but a series of 6 booklets published by Librairie Larousse in Paris in 1932 (although the page numbers run consecutively throughout all six as though it was possibly intended to be published as one book at some point). The introduction by M George Moreau states that M R Chasles, otherwise unknown to me, was the author of the work. He was, perhaps, also the creator of some of the designs the booklets feature.

'Images de Plier' is mentioned in 'La Nouvelle Education' of July 1933 (https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/bpt6k5525649m/f3.item) and three illustrative pages are given. My thanks to Michel Grand for this information.

My thanks to Juan Gimeno for providing scans of the pages from these booklets.

The following note appears in all the booklets:

The last sentence states that the objects are made simply by folding a sheet of paper, without cutting and without using glue. This is, however, not true in many cases.

Booklet 1

La Timbale de Voyage (The Paper Cup)

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L'Etagere (The Shelf) / Le Petit Cochon (The Pig)

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Le Bateau Ponte (the same design as 'La Peniche' in 'Joujoux En Papier' by Tom Tit) but here dressed up as different vessels with additional bits and pieces, some folded, some not.

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Le Vase Japonais

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Le Papillon

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Le Sous-Main Buvard (The Desk Blotter)

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Booklet 2

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La Boite a Anses (Box with Handles)

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Les Salieres (The Salt Cellar), La Cocotte (The Pajarita), Le Moineau (The Sparrow)

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La Boite a Tirettes (The Junk Box), La Jonque Chinoise (The Chinese Junk), La Petite Cale (The Little Stand)

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L'Elephant (The Elephant)

(made in two parts using cuts to create the legs, tusks and tail)

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Booklet 3

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Le Porte-Allumettes (The Match Holder)

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Le Pingouin (The Penguin)

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Le Classeur a Papier (The Paper Holder), La Maison (The House)

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La Poule Qui Bat Des Ailes (The Flapping Bird)

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La Boite de Patissier (The Cake Box) / Le Bateau a Fond Plat (The Flat-Bottomed Boat)

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Paysanne (Peasant)

(Fold, Cut and Fold design made from a visiting card)

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Booklet 4

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Rosace Decorative

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Le Lampion

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Le Kiosque Japonais / La Fleur d'Iris (The Iris)

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La Grenouille (The Blow-Up Frog)

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Le Crabe

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Le Bonnet Carre (The Square Cap)

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Booklet 5

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La Tente (The Tent)

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La Parachute (The Parachute)

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La Dromedaire Couche (Seated Dromedary)

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La Cigogne (The Paper Crane)

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La Mitre de Monseigneur / Le Bonnet de Police (The Turban)

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La Poule Qui Couve (The Laying Hen) (The Sparrow)

Note that the commentary says that this is 'another Japanese fold'.

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Le Moulinet (The Cut and Fold Windmill)

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Booklet 6

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L'Avion (The Swallow)

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Le Paon (The Peacock)

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L'Accordeon

This wording suggests that this is a playground fold rather than the invention of the author.

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