A paperfolding paradise
The website of writer and paperfolding designer David Mitchell
page attempts to record what is known about the origin
and history of the origami design which, for obvious
reasons, I call the Fish. 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.
As far as I know the first appearance of this design, and, indeed, an origami fish of any kind, in the historical record is in Eleonore Heerwart's 'Course in Paperfolding', which was first published in Dutch in 1895 then in English by Charles and Dible in London and Glasgow in 1896. There are no folding instructions in the English version and I do not know how this design is arrived at.