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 format allows, searched that copy for any references to:

If the source is in English the words 'paper' 'fold', 'folded' and 'folding'.

If the source is in French the words 'papier' 'plie' and 'pliage'.

If the source is in German the words 'papier' and 'falten'.

If the source is in Spanish the words 'papiro' and 'pajarita'.

Suggestions that elate to further or better search terms are welcome!

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.

1677 'The Compleat Servant-Maid, Or the Young Maidens Tutor, Directing Them how They May Fit Themselves for Any of These Employments, Viz. Waiting-woman, House-keeper, Chamber-maid, Etc' by Hannah Woolley. No paper folding content.

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

1825 'Domestic duties or Instructions to young married ladies on the management of their households' by Mrs William Parkes. No content relating to paper or napkin folding.

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.

1841 'A Treatise on Domestic Economy For the Use of Young Ladies at Home, and at School' by Catharine Esther Beecher. No content relating to paper or napkin folding.

1855 'The Practical Housewife' by Robert Kemp Philp The Practical Housewife - Google Books contains a method of folding a paper filter, references to paper ruffles / frills and a section on napkin folding.

1861 'The Book of Household Management' by Mrs Isabella Beeton https://archive.org/details/b21527799/page/n6/mode/2up - no paper folding vcontent and no mention of napkin folding in this book although napkin folding does appear in the 1907 expanded edition.

1869 'Cassell's Household Guide: Volume 1', contains illustrations of paper frills on meat, details of a Draw and Fold and mention of a Workman's square paper cap in the description of how to play Acted Charades.

1871 'The Kindergarten' by Adolph Douai - There is no information relating to paperfolding in this book.

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.

1883 'Hand work & head work' a translation by Alice M Christie of 'Die Arbeit Und Die Neue Erziehung' by Bertha Marenhotz-Bulow. Pages 65 to 67 contain an exemplary extract from 'Kohler's papers on 'Kindegarten Occupations''.

1887 'The Education of Man' (a translation of 'Die Menschenerziehung' by Friedrich Froebel published in 1826) by A N Hailmann, published by D Appleton and Company in New York in 1887. A full copy of this work can be accessed at The education of man / by Friedrich Froebel. The Translator's Preface contains a useful summary of the early development of Froebel's ideas and of the Kindergarten. There are no references to paperfolding in the main text but P109 contains a translator's note which does refer briefly to paperfolding.

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


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.


Mon Journal (French children's magazine). The issues in Gallica are:

1884 - Oct 15th // Nov 15th // Dec 15th - No paperfolding content found.

1885 - 15th of each month except Sept - No paperfolding content found.

1886 - 15th of each month except Sept - No paperfolding content found.

1887 - 15th of each month - No paperfolding content found.

1888 - 15th of months Jan to Sept - No paperfolding content found.

1891 - 15th of months Oct to Dec - No paperfolding content found.

1892 - 15th of months Jan to Sept - No paperfolding content found.

1893 - Oct 7th / 14th / 21st / 28th // Nov 4th / 11th / 18th / 25th // Dec 2nd / 9th / 16th / 23rd / 30th - No paperfolding content found.

1894 - 52 weekly issues - See 27 Jan 1894 below.

1895 - Weekly issues Jan to Sept - No paperfolding content found.

1896 - Apr 25th // All May and June - No paperfolding content found.

1897 - Jul 17th - No paperfolding content found.

1898 - Weekly issues Oct to Dec - No paperfolding content found.

1899 - Weekly issues from Jan 14th to end Sept - Paperfolding content as shown below.

1902 - Weekly issues Oct to Dec - Paperfolding content as shown below.

1903 - Weekly issues Jan to Sept - Paperfolding content as shown below.

1908 - Oct 3rd - No paperfolding content found.

1910 - Sept 3rd // Nov 14th // Dec 10th - No paperfolding content found.

1911 - Oct 7th / 21st / 28th // Nov and Dec - No paperfolding content found.

1912 - 52 weekly issues - Jan 6th Cocottes on cover see below.

1913 - Weekly issues Jan to Sept - No paperfolding content found.

1920 - Weekly issues Nov and Dec - No paperfolding content found.

1921 onwards not yet checked.


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