Digital Library of the Week: Pop-Up and Movable Books

a tunnel book by Martin Englebrecht
a tunnel book by Martin Englebrecht

The Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. just opened a new exhibition, Paper Engineering: Fold, Pull, Pop & Turn.

To accompany the exhibition, the museum created a wonderful blog with excellent photos, videos, and plenty of information on the history of movable books. “Movable” book includes not just pop-ups, but any book form with movable parts, such as tunnel books, mechanical books, and carousels.

If you can’t make it down to the exhibition (it will be up through September 2011), see more great book arts at Pop-up and Movable Books: A Tour through Their History.

This interactive website includes movable books from the University of North Texas’ special collections. It gives a terrific history, with references and lots of images.

From "Puss in Boots" in a 1934 publication
From "Puss in Boots" in a 1934 publication

As always, find more great material in the UArts Libraries. You’ll find lots of information under subjects such as toy and movable books and pop-ups. Also, don’t forget our own artist’s books collection!

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