Origami Heaven

A paperfolding paradise

The website of writer and paperfolding designer David Mitchell


Minor Sources Consulted / Searched
Where a minor source is listed here it means that I have looked at the illustrations in an online copy and, where the format allows, searched that copy for any references to the word 'paper' and, where appropriate, also for the words 'fold', 'folded' or 'folding'. References that relate to paper folding, other than basic references eg to the simple folding of a sheet of paper or a letter etc without any particularly interesting context, have been saved and will be noted in the relevant design or theme pages as time allows.


1584 'The Discoverie of Witchcraft' by Reginald Scott, from an 1886 reprint of the 1584 original, contains the Fold and Switch Effect and the Buddha Papers.

1629 'Recreations Mathematiques' by Jean Leurechon. Originally published 1624. Mention of a paper ball on page 69 of the premiere partie. https://archive.org/details/recreationsmathe00ette/page/n7

1635 'Hocus Pocus Junior', Second Edition, original 1634, contains the Fold and Switch Effect.

1639 'The mirrour which flatters not' by Jean-Puget de la Serre.

1654 'Physiologia Epicuro-Gassendo-Charltonia' by Walter Charleton.

1658 'Natural Magick' in 20 books by John Baptista Porta, an English translation of the original work in Latin which was published in Naples in 1559. This itself was extended from the original publication in 1558 in just 4 books. I have not been able to access the 1559 Latin version to check that those items relating to paper folding in the English translation are in the original.

1661 'Humane Industry' by Thomas Powell.

1723 'Récréations mathématiques et physiques' by Jacques Ozanam, contains a section on Troublewit.

1795 'Hocus Pocus' Eleventh Edition, by Henry Dean, original 1722, contains the the Fold and Switch Effect, the Buddha Papers and Troublewit. I have not been able to ascertain whether they also appeared in the 1722 first edition, but it seems likely that this is the case.

1801 'Sports and Pastimes of the People of England' by Joseph Strutt.

1826 'The Everyday Book and Table Book' by William Hone (Three volumes) https://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/006774705

1858 'A Practical Guide to the English Kinder Garten' by Joh and Bertha Ronge. https://archive.org/details/practicalguideto00rong/page/n1. Contains short sections on Paper Weaving, Paper Folding and Paper Cutting - but contains nothing of particular interest.

1887 'A History of Magic' by T T Tiimayensis, published by J J Little and Co in New York in 1887. Possible mention of the Paper Cup.

1917 'The Magic of Science' by A Frederick Collins. Contains details of several experiments with airflow using folded paper. https://archive.org/details/magicofsciencebo00collrich/page/n7


Godey's Lady's Book (published monthly in USA 1830 to 1878)

Issues searched:

1830 - Vol 1 https://archive.org/details/GodeysTheLadySBook1830

1831 - Vol 2 https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=njp.32101064241902&view=2up&seq=1

1831 - Vol 3 https://archive.org/details/GodeysLadySBook1831Volume3

1832 - Vol 4-5 https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=njp.32101064241886&view=2up&seq=1

1833 - Vol 6-7 https://archive.org/details/GodeysTheLadySBookVol671833

1834 - Vol 8-9 https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=njp.32101064241852&view=2up&seq=1

1835 - Vol 10-11 https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=njp.32101064242074&view=2up&seq=1

1836 - Vol 12-13 https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=njp.32101064242066&view=2up&seq=1

1837 - Vol 14-15 https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=njp.32101064242058&view=2up&seq=1

1838 - Vol 16-17 https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=njp.32101064242041&view=2up&seq=1

1839 - Vol 18-19 https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=umn.31951d003220206&view=2up&seq=1

1840 - Vol 20-21 https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=umn.31951d003220206&view=2up&seq=1

1841 - Vol 12 https://archive.org/details/godeysladysbook22phil

1841 - Vol 13 https://archive.org/details/godeysladysbook23phil

1861 - Jan to Dec https://archive.org/stream/godeysladysbook100hale#mode/2up


Boy's Own Magazine (published 1855 - 1874) and published in collections under various titles.

Issues checked:

Boy's Own Magazine: First series: 1857 and 1862

Boy's Own Volume: Second series: 1863 (midsummer), 1863 (Xmas), 1864 (Xmas), 1865 (midsummer), 1865 (Xmas)

Beeton Boy's Annual: 1868, 1870

all at https://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/008699948


St Nicholas (An American magazine for children - published 1873 to 1930 and possibly longer)

Issues searched: Volume 1 1873/4 to volume 50 1922/3. Source https://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/000640805