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AbeBooks' Review: Collectible Pop-Up Books

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Pop-ups & Movable Books: The Art of Paper Engineering

Paper engineering is the cutting, gluing and folding of paper to create books and ephemera with pop-ups, pull-tabs, flaps and a variety of other moving parts. Pop-up and moving books are most commonly associated with children, but some of the earliest movables were academic titles that used the technique to explain anatomy and astronomy.

It wasn't until the Victorian era that publishing pop-up books became more affordable and they were marketed toward children. Much of their popularity can be attributed to Ernest Nister or Louis Giraud. Nister worked in both Germany and England in the 1890s and his publications became well known for the high artistic quality of the pop-ups and illustrations. Nister introduced many techniques including three-dimensional scenes that lifted into view with the pull of a tab -- he also held a patent for the revolving picture mechanism that first appeared in Twinkling Pictures in 1899.

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