SPECIAL COLLECTIONS: Movable "Pop-Up" Books
ABOUT POP-UP BOOKS
For centuries the audience for early movable books were adults, not children. They were almost always used in scholarly works. A 13th century Benedictine monk, Matthew Paris, attached rotating paper discs onto some of the pages of his book to help calculate holy days.
By 16th century the medical profession were using illustrated anatomical books with layers and flaps showing the human body. English designer Capability Brown used flaps to illustrate "before and after" views of his landscape designs.
It was not until the 18th century that these techniques in paper engineering and artistry were applied to books designed for entertainment, particularly for children.
THE LIBRARY COLLECTION
The pop-up books in the library’s collection have intricate movable pieces cut into individual pages and are a visual delight. Too fragile to be loaned, these books may be viewed upon request.