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The Slit and Assemble Cube and the Slit and Assemble Sphere / The Puff Ball
 
This page attempts to record what is known about the origin and history of the designs I call the Slit and Assemble Cube and Sphere, the latter being more commonly known as the Puff Ball. 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.

At first sight these designs might not appear to be paperfolding designs. However, they cannot be assembled without folding the pieces from which they are assembled and thus qualify to this extent.

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As far as I know the first appearance of the Puff Ball is in 'Des Kindes Erste Beschaftigungsbuch' by E Barth and W Niederley, which was first published in Bielefeld and Leipzig, and the foreword of which is dated October 1876.

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The Puff Ball also appears in 'Pleasant Work for Busy Fingers' by Maggie Browne, which was published by Cassell and Company in London in 1896. This book is an English version of 'Des Kindes Erste Beschaftigungsbuch' enhanced by the addition of a few extra designs.

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A drawing showing the Slit and Assemble Cube can be found 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.

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'La Ensenanza del Trabajo Manuel' by Pedro de Alcántara García and Teodosio Leal y Quiroga, which was published in Madrid in 1903, contains a design similar to the Puff Ball except that it has more pieces and some of the pieces are folded in half.

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The Puff Ball also appears

In 'Paper Magic' by Will Blyth, which was first published by C Arthur Pearson in London in 1920, under the title of 'Puff Ball'.

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In 'Winter Nights Entertainments' by R M Abraham, which was first published by Constable and Constable in London in 1932, under the title 'A Paper Ball'.

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In 'At Home Tonight' by Herbert McKay, which was published by Oxford University Press in London, New York and Toronto in 1940, again under the title of the Puff Ball.

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