my collections

pop-up and movable books

Puff the Magic Dragon
engineered by Bruce Foster

Contemporary artist, Tauba Auerbach,
creates pop-ups, 2D, 3D

Spratt's Obstetrical Tables, 1847
I call her, Lady Modesty.

Book Artist, Julie Chen, at work

Dean's
Little Red Riding Hood-c1850

Giraud's Bookano pop-up

Meggendorfer's
Lord Thumb
video and more!

The Astronomicum
Caesareum

Tuson's Myology
anatomical flap book

Sacrobosco's Sphaera

Videos of classic pop-ups

vojtěch kubašta

Czech It Out!
Translating Kubašta

Kubašta books on video

Kubašta exhibit
at the Bienes Museum, FL

wild & wacky books

Abecedarian

ephemera

Watchpapers: Practical Tokens of Labor and Love
A bit of naughtiness!

Movable postcards
You won't believe your eyes!

 

 

 

Sphaera Libellus, 1547

Johannis Sacrobosco's Sphaera is the gem in The Popuplady's collection. In blind-stamped vellum with engraved brass clasps, the book is precious to hold. As was the custom, it is bound with other manuscripts. The Sphaera was published in the 13th century. But despite its being based on the Ptolemaic system [Sun revolves around the Earth], it remained an astronomical text until the 17th century. The 3 volvelles were added to the edition some time in 1538, according to Owen Gingerich, Professor Emeritus of Astronomy and the History of Science at Harvard University. What is especially beautiful about this particular copy is its exquisite marginalia. Previous owners of the book had read it carefully and recorded their thoughts in a minute Latin hand, sometimes with formulae or drawings. Sometimes in red ink! The owners were surely learned scholars.