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Mechanemata oder der TausendkŁnstler by Dr Heinrich Rockstroh, 1831
 
'Mechanemata oder der TausendkŁnstler' by Dr Heinrich Rockstroh was published in 1831.

A full copy of the work on which this page is based can be accessed here. This version was published in Wesel by Jul. Bagel and Comp (see title page below in Selected Pages). It is undated but said to be from 1831. There is a second version published in Berlin by C Fr Amelang, also undated, but also said to be from 1831 (see image below). I have not seen a full copy of this second version but presume the contents are identical to the first. I do not know why two different versions exist.

A more detailed analysis of the letter closures can be found in Edwin Corrie's blog - Artful letter closures from 1831.

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Analysis

Falzbilders - Multiple-Image Pleated Paper Pictures

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Artful Closure of a Letter (1) - The Puzzle Purse

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The Three Pieces Puzzle

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The Paper Furnace

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Artful Closure of a Letter (2) - The Cross

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How to Make a Chain out of a Playing Card

This effect occurs in two versions, from paper and then from a playing card. Both versions are effectively the same.

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Boil water in a paper vessel - How to Boil Water in a Paper Pan

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Making a bang with half a sheet of paper - The Primitive Paper Banger

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To transform one coin into another by simply folding a piece of paper - The Fold and Switch Effect

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Selected Pages

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