Origami Heaven

A paperfolding paradise

The website of writer and paperfolding designer David Mitchell


Subsidiary Sources Consulted / Searched
Where a source is listed here it means that I have looked at the illustrations in an online copy and, where the source is in English and 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.


1581 'A briefe and pleasaunt treatise, intituled, Naturall and artificiall conclusions' by Thomas Hill. No paperfolding content. http://tei.it.ox.ac.uk/tcp/Texts-HTML/free/A03/A03361.html

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.

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.

1822 'Les Jeux de Jeunes Garcons', illustrated by Xavier Le Prince, contains an illustration showing a boy playing with Capuchins and mentions using folded playing cards to weight / decorate the tail of a kite. https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/bpt6k3173313/f1.image

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

1828 'The Affectionate Parent's Gift and the Good Child's Reward' Vol 1 by Henry Sharpes horsley, London 1828. No mention of paper folding but contains a picture of a child wearing donkeys ears.

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.

1861 'Friedrich Froebel's Gesammelte padogogische schriften hrsg. von Wichard Lange' (Friedrich Froebel's Collected Educational Writings / ed. by Wichard Lange) in three parts, 'Frobel's Leben und erstem Streben. Autobiographie und kleinere Schriften' (Froebel's life and first striving. Autobiography and smaller writings' / / 'Die Menschenerziehung' (The Education of Man) / 'Die Padagogik des Kindergartens' (The Pedagogy of the Kindergarten) . Searched in translation, see 1896 / 1899 below.

1861 'The Book of Household Management' by Mrs Isabella Beeton https://archive.org/details/b21527799/page/n6/mode/2up - no mention of napkin folding in this book although napkin folding does appear in later expanded editions.

1872 'Collection de caricatures et de charges pour servir ŕ l'histoire de la guerre et de la re´volution de 1870-1871', volumes 1 to 9 held at Heidelburg University https://digi.ub.uni-heidelberg.de/diglit/caricatures1870_1871ga and volume 1 at Cambridge. Several caricatures with cocottes / newspaper hat / paper boat.

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.

1896 'Friedrich Froebel's Pedagogics of the Kindergarten' being a translation by Josephine Jarvis of Wichard Lange's 'Die Padagogik des Kindergartens' of 1862. No references to paper folding found.

1899 'The Education of Man' being a translation by Josephine Jarvis of Wichard Lange's 'Die Menschenerziehung'. Contains a chapter entitled 'Employment of Children - Guide to Paperfolding - A Fragment' which sets out some of Froebel's basic ideas about the making of squares and basic folds but does not conytain any reference to any particular paperfolding designs. https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=uc2.ark:/13960/t8bg2md5x&view=1up&seq=9

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


L'Eclipse (French satirical magazine) years 1868 to 1877 incl https://digi.ub.uni-heidelberg.de/diglit/eclipse


Le Grelot (French satirical magazine) years 1871 to 1877 https://digi.ub.uni-heidelberg.de/diglit/grelot


Le Sifflet (French satirical magazine) Issues 1 to 143 of 11/10/1874 (few missing) at https://digi.ub.uni-heidelberg.de/diglit/sifflet - some covers feature Cocottes.


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