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Joan Sallas
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Re: origami books that include a bibliography

Post by Joan Sallas » Thu Dec 22, 2011 1:32 am

After consult the 1955-1st edition of William L. Schaafs (1898-1992) "Recreational Mathematics: A Guide to the Literature", I confirm that it includes too a folding bibliography, probably the first in an academic book.

However, the list contains only 25 titles, all in english and in his majority more mathematical than recreational.

It's to supose that after the publication of the 1st edition, Schaafs discovered Legmans "Bibliography of Paper-Folding" (1952), and that's the reason because 25 of the 46 titles that he included the 1958-2nd edition are in Legmans Bibliography too.

As Edwin explained, Schaafs 1963-3rd edition include 3 title more than the 2nd edition, also 49.

I included Schaafs bibliografic reference in the list about books that include a folding bibliography of my first message (29nov2011).

The original 1st edition of Schaafs „Recreational Mathematics“ is now in the Padore-Library.

Thanks Edwin again for your contribution.

Somebody knows other books that include a folding bibliography, for example by japanese publishers in japanese language? That could be really very interesting.


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Re: origami books that include a bibliography

Post by Tavin » Wed Jan 04, 2012 6:13 pm

I think your Project calls for a wiki, for example mediawiki (it's the software behind wikipedia).
There are a lot of different wiki softwares around.

For example: You could make the Main Page a big sortable list, with each booktitles linking to a review and the Names of the Author linking to biographies.

  • *people know how to use a wiki
    *other people could easily help you
    *mediawiki is really stable and well tested

Joan Sallas
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Re: origami books that

Post by Joan Sallas » Mon Mar 12, 2012 10:49 am


30th March 2013 revised

Before Mattia Giegher published the first book to lern to folding „Li tre trattati“ (1629), the folding art was learned from mouth to ear from a generation to the other. Since Gieghers book are published thousands of books about folding.

In the 19th-20th changement of century were published in Europa many pedagogic books for children and teachers about handworks in the school, mostly in froebelian sense, but too in sense of other pedagogic tendences that existed in diferent countries. Some of this books about the orientation in the education of handworks for teachers content a tematic bibliography in languages or countries order, as Ezequiel Solana [1863-1931] that published in his book "El trabajo manual en las escuelas primarias" (1 ed. 1902, 2nd ed. 1905) a very extensive bibliography (61 italian, 47 french, 41 spanish books) about handworks in the school. Many of this recomended books content folding exercises with paper. However, isn't possible to define such bibliographies as folding bibliographies, but the folding bibliographies are direct followers of this handworks bibliografies.

Lists of folding books were published in West first ca. hundert years ago. They were frequently a list of books from the same publisher and show us what was understood as folding art in each time, and which bibliographic documents were knowed for the folding artists and folding teachers.

Of course the publishers were not interested in making reclam of the other concurent publishers. For this reason, we can't consider this kind of lists and reclam advertisements of the same publisher as a folding bibliography, even though they have frequently a value as source for the bibliographic research.

Probably, the first folding bibliography was published in two german pedagogic booklets "Faltarbeiten aus Papier I". and "Faltarbeiten aus Papier II." (both in Berlin: Reichsstelle für den Unterrichtsfilm / Kohlhammer Verlag, 1936). This booklets were published by Georg Netzband (1900-1984), a frequently forgotten artist of the called „degenerated art“ in the nacionalsocialist Germany. He was pedagog and author of the two first folding films of the world, which accompain the mentioned booklets. In his bibliography he give us a list five (booklet I.) and six (booklet II.) german folding books of his time, from diferent publishers. In a reprint of both booklets dated of the same year, this bibliographies remained.
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_oZQBgWffVkg/S ... ORZANO.JPG[/imgright]The spanish doctor, folding artist and pedagog living in Argentina Vicente Solórzano y Sagredo (1883-1969), had in his privat folding library Netzbands booklets, and probably he followed this bibliographic example and taked since 1939 with "Papirolas. Tratado de Papiroflexia. Figuras Geometricas de papel doblado y plegado. 2° Manual (Buenos Aires: Perlado, 1939) and until 1962 in many of his self published folding books, a folding bibliography too (see also the list of books that content a folding bibliography, that I posted in this topic). He published his last folding bibliography in „Papiroflexia zoomorfica“ (1962) which content 48 folding books. However, his bibliographic informations are without author, language or chronologic order, and frequently with many transcription mistakes. From his listed 48 books, 21 are english, 18 spanish, 6 german, 2 french and only one italian. It's interesting to observe that this last italian book was the 2nd edition of Mattia Gieghers “Li tre trattati” (1639). Sothat the art of napkin folding was in his time besides paper folding a part constituent of the folding art. A concept that in later folding bibliographies of other authors will remain.
https://encrypted-tbn3.google.com/image ... znu1Qu7tnz[/imgright]The nordamerican crtitic, folklorist and origami promotor Gershon Legman (1917 - 1999) taked Solórzanos concept and completed it in quantity and quality. He published his important booklet "Bibliography of Paper Folding" (1952), in order of authors. To the bibliographic dates and pages with paperfolding, he writed too sometimes his short opinions and critic. He listed books in the most important bibliographic languages of his time: 64 english, 33 spanish, 18 japanish, 15 german, 7 french and 1 italian. Legman Bibliography influenced many authors, which included a bibliography in their folding books too, with a diference: the autors after Legman maked a choose of only the qualitative or thematic books.

1959 Legman collaborated to the exhibition Paper sculpture in New York, that was organised by the Cooper Union Museum for the Arts of Decoration. The exhibition catalog „Plane Geomery and Fancy Figures. An exhibition of the Art and Technique of Paper-Folding“ (New York, 1959) don't includes a folding bibliography, but a list of the showed old books: 3 from east (japanish) and three from west (a german, a french and an english).

Thanks the contribution of Edwin Corrie in this forum, we know the work of the newyorker mathematic and pedagog William L. Schaaf (1898-1992) "Recreational Mathematics: A Guide to the Literature" (1955), perhaps the first folding bibliography in a cientific publication. The first edition (1955) contain 25 english documents, mostly more mathematic than recreational. After the first edition Schaaf knowed probably Legmans "Bibliography of Paper-Folding", which used to complement his bibliographic list with 46 titles in der 2nd edition (1958): 38 englisch, 4 german, 3 spanish and 1 french. By the 3rd edition (1963) he added three books more that were through 1957 and 1963 published „Paper Folding for Fun“ (1960, 2nd ed.), „Origami: Japanese Paperfolding“ (1957) and „Paper Folding for the Mathematics Class“ (1957).
https://encrypted-tbn1.google.com/image ... QZJz8MqEmP[/imgright]The english origami author and magic Robert Harbin (1909 - 1978) published in his „Paper Magic“ (1956) a reduced Version of Legmans Bibliography and puted the 37 books or documents in language order, with diferencied british and northamerican (7 british, 10 american, 4 french, 1 german, 15 spanish - 7 of them works about Unamuno). He explain that a cause of the big number of japanish folding books, he taked them off the list. We can think perhaps he had a problem to transcribe the japanish caracters. First since 1966 had the ISBN-system is for today a solution in each library to inventarise a book in a language dificult to understand. Harbins bibliography was the first „pure“ origami book list, that was published in a real comercial book by a publisher (not selfpublished). In his books "Paper Folding Fun" (1960), "Origami. The art of paperfolding" (1968) as well in the american edition (1969), Harbin maintain the language order.

In his books collection Origami 1, Origami 2, Origami 3 and Origami 4, Harbin give the bibliographic dates not in languages as before, but in authors, without alpfabetical order. In his books "Origami A Step-by-Step" bzw. and "Secrets of Origami" he give the alphabetical order to the authors. In the 1992 edition of "Teach yourself origami", David Lister worked a short but very modelic bibliography with 25 english books in the follow order:

1. english books
2. japanese books in english
3. classic works still in print
4. classics from the early 1960s

Lister give references to some japanese autors, books in other languages and publications by origami asociations too.

Harbins example was followed only for a few number of folding book authors in his own books, as Shari Lewis and Lillian Oppenheimer who listed only books available through the in her time called American Origami Center in New York, Samuel Randlett , Isao Honda , Florence Temko , Everdien Tiggelaar , Manfred Bacher , Michael Schuyt and Joost Elffers , James Minoru Sakoda , Luisa Canovi , Renzo Zanoni , the Grupo Riglos [Gabriel Álvarez, Luís Bas, Juan Gimeno and Carlos Pomarón], Matthias Mala and Gabriel Nemeth , Franco Pavarin, Luís Bas and Felipe Moreno. As Harbin, all they don't published an extensive bibliography, but only a recommended.

Paralel to the allways shorter bibliographies in origami books, extensive bibliographies were developed in academic publications as by Elsje van der Ploeg in "Papiervouwen. De geschiedenis van een cultuur" (1990) with 126 dutch, 7 german, 5 english, 2 spanish and 1 italian listed books, and John Smith(1991) in "COET’91. Conference of Origami in Education and Therapie" (1991) with 161 english, 20 spanish, 4 italian, 3 french and 1 german listed books.

Follower of Legmans pure bibliographic concept in "Bibliography of Paper Folding", the excellent spanish origami author and serious folding researcher and historian Juan Gimeno y Viguera (*1949) published self a extremly impressive „Bibliografía de Papiroflexia“ (2001). It's the biggest and deepest collection of bibliographic folding old documents (not only books) and references. Gimeno completed in the same Legmans methode not only with bibliographic dates in alphabetical author order, but too with a description of contens, mentions, and conexion with the other thousands documents. Until today nobody arrived to Gimenos level, and probably nobody can make it, because it's more than the seven Hercules works.

So, today the folding bibliographies are intentioned limited for example to the origami books that in the text are mentioned, like by Peter Engel "Origami from Angelfish to Zen" (1989) or by Robert Langs „Origami Design Secrets“ (2003), or reduced to a language as in „100 Jahre deutschsprachige Papierfaltbücher“ (2004. Translation into italian in 2005) or reduced to a subject as in „Gefaltete Schönheit – Die Kunst des Serviettenbrechens“ (2010), last both for myself published.

The world of the folding art developed self every year, and the kind of presentation of bibliographies too. Lists of books in internet are really not orientied as a folding bibliography, but as a simple „looking for a modell“ in a concret book or as a help to buy another book. In this sense, the really old books are today mainly (and sadly) ignored.

As David Lister allways says, „we research the history of folding to understand the present". In 1000 years probably all the objects that we fold today will be destroyed, but thanks the collected books perhaps they will be showed to the next generations, and somebody will understand not only the folding in the present, perhaps the folding in the future too. But that's another history, and perhaps somebody more authorised than I, will research and write here about the probably very interesting History of the folding libraries.

joan sallas


Bacher, Manfred:
# Spiel mit Wind und Papier. Ein Arena-Hobbybuch vom Drachenbauen und Papierfalten. Würzburg: Arena, 1978, 1st edition (6 english, 3 german)

Bas Arrechea, Luís / Moreno Salinas, Felipe:
# Papiroflexia. A vueltas con el papel. Zaragoza: Grupo Zaragozano de Papiroflexia, 1993, 1st edition (23 english, 6 spanish, 2 french, 2 italian, 6 japanish)

Canovi, Luisa:
# Origami e Geometria. Bussolengo: Demetra, 1987, 1st edition (15 italian, 7 english, 2 french)

Cerceda, Adolfo:
# Folding Money Book Plus Make Money Selling Money. Chicago: Ireland Magic Company, ©1963. Printings: 1st in 1963, 2nd in 1965, 3th in 1970, 4th in 1973, 5th in 1975, 6th in 1978, 7th in 1980 and 8th in 1981 (18 english, 2 japanish)

Engel, Peter:
# Origami from Angelfish to Zen. Dover Publications Inc., 1989 (180 english, 3 spanish, 1 japanish)
# Origami von Alligator bis Zen. München: Hugendubel, 1991 (31 german, 4 english)

Gimeno y Viguera, Juan:
# Bibliografia de Papiroflexia. Madrid: Selfpublished, 2001

Harbin, Robert:
# Paper Magic. The Art of Paper Folding. London: Oldbourne Press, 1956, 1st edition (7 british, 10 american, 4 french, 1 german, 15 spanish - 7 of them works about Unamuno)
# Paper Folding Fun. London: Oldbourne, 1960, 1st edition (4 english)
# Origami 1 – The Art of Paper-Folding. London: Coronet books, 1968 (6 english, 5 spanish, 1 japanish. References to A. Yoshizawa and I. Honda as book authors)
# The Art of Paperfolding (Teach Yourself Books). London: The English Universities Press, Ltd., 1968 (6 english, 5 spanish, 1 japanish. References to A. Yoshizawa and I. Honda as book authors)
# Origami. The Art of Paper Folding. USA: Funk & Wagnalls Co, 1969. 1st american edition (6 english, 5 spanish, 1 japanish. References to A. Yoshizawa and I. Honda as book authors)
# Mera Origami. Konsten att vika papper. 22 modeller. Stockholm: Sveriges Radios förlag, 1970 (7 english, 2 swedish)
# More Origami - The Art of Paper-Folding No.2. London: Coronet books, 1971 (10 english, 2 spanish, 1 japanish. References to A. Yoshizawa and I. Honda as book authors)
# Origami 3 – The Art of Paper-Folding. London: Coronet books, 1972 (18 english, 1 spanish. References to A. Yoshizawa and I. Honda as book authors)
# Secrets of Origami. The Japanese art of Paper Folding. Octopus Books Ltd., 1973 (26 english, 3 japanish)
# Origami – A Step-by-Step Guide. Hamlyn, London: Coronet books, 1974 (11 english)
# Papiervouwen. Japanese Origami. Met vele voorbeelden. Amsterdam: Hema, 1987 (14 english)
# Origami 4. The art of paper-folding. London: Coronet Books, 1977 (20 english, 4 japanese)
# Origami. Teach yourself books. London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1992, 2nd edition (25 english. References to japanese authors and book in other languages)

Honda, Isao:
# The World of Origami. London: Blandford Press Ltd. / Japan Pubs. Trading Co., 1965 (18 japanish)

Lang, Robert J.:
# Origami Design Secrets. Mathematical Methods for an Ancient Art. Natick: A K Peters Ltd., 2003 (ca. 150 english, 8 japanish, 1 brazilian, 1 french)

Legman, Gershon:
# Bibliography of Paper Folding, 1952 (64 english, 33 spanish, 18 japanish, 15 german, 7 french, 1 italian)

Lewis, Shari / Oppenheimer, Lillian:
# Folding Paper Puppets, New York: Stein & Day, Scaraborough House, 1962, 1st edition (5 english, 1 spanish, 2 japanish)
# Folding Paper Puppets, New York: Stein & Day, 1962, 1st edition (5 english, 1 spanish, 2 japanish)
# Folding Paper Toys, New York: Stein & Day, 1963, 1st edition (6 english, 1 spanish, 1 japanish)
# Folding Paper Masks, London: Muller 1966 (26 english)

Mala, Matthias / Nemeth, Gabriel:
# Professor Knickrich’s Abenteuer Faltbuch. Kinder spielen mit Papier. Wiesbaden: Englisch Vlg., 1988 (7 german)

Netzband, Georg:
# Beihefte und Bescheinigung der Anerkennung für den Unterrichtsfilm F57/1936. Faltarbeiten aus Papier I. Berlin: Reichsstelle für den Unterrichtsfilm, 1936 (5 german)
# Beihefte und Bescheinigung der Anerkennung für den Unterrichtsfilm F57/1936. Faltarbeiten aus Papier II. Berlin: Reichsstelle für den Unterrichtsfilm, 1936 (6 german)

Pavarin, Franco:
# Motoscafi, navi, barche e velieri. Milano: Il Castello, 1990 (28 italian)
# Aerei e navi di carta. Milano: Fabbri Editori, 1996 (11 italian)

Ploeg, Elsje van der:
# Papiervouwen. De geschiedenis van een cultuur. Helmond, Tilburg: Uitgeverij Helmond bv, Comar bv, 1990 (126 dutch, 7 german, 5 english, 2 spanish, 1 italian)

Randlett, Samuel:
# The Art of Origami: Paper Folding, Traditional and Modern. Faber and Faber, 1961 (15 english, 9 spanish, 4 japanish)
# The Best of Origami. New Models by contemporary folders. London: Faber and Faber, 1963 (22 english, 3 japanish, 2 spanish)

Riglos, Grupo [Álvarez, Gabriel / Bas, Luís / Gimeno, Juan / Pomarón, Carlos]:
# El libro de las pajaritas de papel. Madrid: Alianza Editorial, 1988 (22 english, 4 spanish, 3 japanish, 1 italian)
# El libro de las máscaras de papel plegado. Madrid: Alianza Editorial, 1997 (6 spanish, 8 english, 3 italian, 2 japanish, 1 french, 1 german)
# El libro de los aviones de papel plegado. Madrid: Alianza Editorial, 1998 (9 english, 6 spanish, 1 italian, 1 french)

Sakoda, James Minoru:
# Modern Origami. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1969
# Origami. Papierfalten für Anfänger, Kenner und Könner. München: Hugendubel, 1981 (7 english, 3 german, 1 spanish, 1 japanish)
# Origami. Die faszinierende Kunst des Papierfaltens. München: Wilhelm Heyne, 1983 (6 english, 3 german, 1 spanish, 1 japanish)

Sallas, Joan:
# 100 Jahre deutschsprachige Papierfaltbücher. Collection 'Origami Monografien' Nr. 1. Freiburg/Breisgau: Selfpublished, 2004 (511 german)
# 100 anni di libri in lingua tedesca sull'origami con una bibliografia cronologica. Serie Origami Monografie N. 1, 2005 (511 german)
# Gefaltete Schönheit. Die Kunst des Serviettenbrechens. Freiburg/Breisgau, Wien: Selfpublished, 2010

Schaaf, William L.:
# Recreational Mathematics: A Guide to the Literature. Washington D C: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, 1955 (1st ed.: 25 english), 1958 (2nd ed.: 38 english, 4 german, 3 spanish, 1 french) and 1963 (3rd ed.: 41 english, 4 german, 3 spanish, 1 french)

Schuyt, Michael / Elffers, Joost:
# Origami. Japanisches Papierfalten: Kunst und Spiel. Köln: DuMont Buchverlag, 1979 (11 english, 1 japanish. Referece to K. Kasahara and I. Honda as book authors)

Smith, John:
# COET’91. Conference of Origami in Education and Therapie. London: British Origami Society, 1991 (161 english, 20 spanish, 4 italian, 3 french, 1 german)

Solórzano Sagredo, Vicente:
# Papirolas. Tratado de Papiroflexia. Figuras Geometricas de papel doblado y plegado. 2° Manual. Buenos Aires: Libreria Perlado Editores, 1939 (8 spanish, 4 german, 1 french)
# Papirolas. Tratado de Papiroflexia. Figuras Geometricas de papel doblado y plegado. Caracterologia. Plegados de Froebel. Pajaritología. Papirolas infladas. 3er Manual. Buenos Aires: Libreria de Colegio Alsina y Bolívar, 1940 (18 spanish, 4 german, 3 french)
# Tratado de Papiroflexia Superior. Manualidades de papel. Buenos Aires: Selbstverlag, 1944 (17 spanish, 4 german, 4 french, 1 english)
# Papiroflexia Zoomórfica. Bd. 2. Valladolid: Selbstverlag, 1962 (21 english, 18 spanish, 6 german, 2 french, 1 italian)

Temko, Florence:
# Paper: Folded, Cut, Sculpted. New York: Collier Books, 1974, 1st edition (28 english, 1 japanish)

Tiggelaar, Everdien:
# Origami feest. 100 nieuwe modellen voor feestelijke gelegenheden. Cantecleer, 1985 (11 dutch, 10 english, 1 spanish)
# Origami. De kunst van het vouwen. Cantecleer, 1986, 4th edition
# Origami. Die Kunst des Papierfaltens. Stuttgart: Frech Vlg., 1992 (8 english, 4 dutch, 1 german)

Zanoni, Renzo:
# All’Origami. Colognola ai Colli: Demetra, 1988, 2nd edition (15 italian)
# Origami. L’arte di piegare la carta. Tutti i punti. Colognola ai Colli: Demetra, 2000, 3rd edition (59 italian)
# In origami: giochi maschere scatole fiori animali decorazioni poliedri teatro e computer. Sommacampagna: Demetra - La Casa Verde, 1988, 1st edition

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Re: origami books that include a bibliography

Post by JGimeno » Fri Mar 16, 2012 6:23 pm

Thank you, Joan.
A tough and thorough research.

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Re: origami books that include a bibliography

Post by origamidennis » Sun Jun 17, 2012 3:08 pm

Looks like all of this would be useful on the ODB.
I'm currently upgrading the underlying system to be considerably more wiki-like and the whole thing would be searchable.
If there are specific search criteria or fields that you'd like, just ask and I'll add them now.


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Re: origami books that include a bibliography

Post by Edwin Corrie » Wed Aug 15, 2012 9:11 pm

Joan mentioned John Smith's Bibliography of Origami in Education and Therapy from the COET '91 book. There's a revised version (updated in 2005) here:

http://www.nickrobinson.info/clients/sm ... cation.php

And here is Tom Hull's Origami Math bibliography page:


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Re: Copies of Gershon Legman Bibliography of Paper Folding

Post by Michel G » Wed Sep 21, 2016 6:10 pm

Joan Sallas wrote: [on Fri Dec 02, 2011 3:02 am]
Here are by Abebooks two copies of Legman 'Bibliography of Paper-Folding':

http://www.abebooks.co.uk/servlet/Searc ... er+folding

Probably the BOS is interested to buy an original copy of this so important document for the folding bibliography, and so restore the missing pages.

Legmans Bibliography is really a rare document only present in a few libraries in the world like
the National Library of Scotland and the British Library in GB, the Padore Library in Germany, the Simon Fraser University Library in Canada, the New York Public Library (only as Microfilm) and the OUSA Library (with Legmans handwrited dedication to Lilian Oppenheimer in 1957) in USA. In David Listers private library exist probably an original copy of this document too.

If the BOS don't pay for it, I will send you without comments a pdf of the original copy from the Padore Library.
The link mentioned by Joan in 2011 is still available (but only one copie), the price is 70 USD + shipping price from USA.

But if you want (of course) pay less, you can try EBay :
http://www.cafr.ebay.ca/itm/Origami-G-L ... SwRgJXk6c9
The price is only 28 USD + shipping price from France. The colour of the paper seems "white" as in the abebooks offer is yellowed...
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