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The Flyleaf: IOBA Newsletter
August 2017
This Month: Children's Pop-Up Books
Pop-Up books are a part of the broader category of Moveable Books, which are physically interactive with the reader. In this Flyleaf we'll look at a few of the Pop-Ups published for children.
First some history: the mechanics needed for developing pop-up books were in place long before they became popularly employed for books designed for children. In the very early 19th century the first books for children using pop-up mechanics were published in Britain and Germany and produced by Ernest Nister and Lothar Meggendorfer. They were expensive to produce and were not published in great numbers.

A giant advance in the production of children's pop-up books came when Louis Giraud produced them in Britain for the Daily Express in 1929. He then went on to publish as Strand Publications and Bookano Stories. These were the first books in which the popped-up image could be viewed from all four sides. Because they were made with inexpensive color printing, paper, and bindings they were able to reach a larger audience than those in the past.

In the United States around this time Blue Ribbon Publishing produced pop-up books of fairy tales, and featuring Walt Disney characters. They were the first to employ the term Pop-Up. In 1939 McLoughlin Brothers introduced the Jolly Jump-Up books. After this many publishers entered the popular market. Today Pop-Ups are still hand-produced and amazingly complex.
For further reading I suggest Ann Montanaro's book, Pop-Up and Movable Books. Scarecrow Press. 1993. There was also a supplement published in 2000.
The Movable Book Society can be found at 

Our guest editor for August: 
Heidi Congalton  
Between the Covers Rare Books, Inc.
Gloucester City, New Jersey  
 Two Titles from the First Publisher to Employ the Term "Pop-Up"
Little Red Ridinghood
by Harold B. Lentz

Publisher: Blue Ribbon Books, Inc.
Place of Publication: New York (1933)
Binding: Hardcover

Very Good. Tall octavo. Double pop-up in center as issued. Modest soiling, one small piece torn away on one pop-up (part of the wolf's ear), overall about very good. Available here.
Sleeping Beauty 
by Harold B. Lentz 
Publisher: Blue Ribbon Books, Inc.
Place of Publication: New York (1933) 
Binding: Hardcover

Good. Tall octavo. Double pop-up in center as issued. Damage on the pop-up, a fair only copy.
Available here.

A Pop-Up of Extremely Difficult Mechanics: Pop-Up in Miniature  
Peter Rabbit Pop-up by Beatrix Potter

Publisher: Barbara J. Raheb
Place of Publication: Agoura Hills, CA (1993)
Binding: Hardcover
Signed by the Publisher

LIMITED EDITION of 150 copies, this being #13. Green pyroxylin cover with gilt to cover and spine, marbled endpapers, hand-colored illustrations on every page, all pop-ups functional, signed by the publisher, in fine condition.

A classic children's tale of Peter Rabbit, running away from Mr. McGregor and losing his jacket along the way. First published privately in 1901, this is a scarce and beautiful miniature edition. Measures approximately 1 1/8" x 1".  Available here.
Three Modern Christmas Books in Pop-Up  
The Christmas Alphabet by Robert Sabuda  

Publisher: Orchard Books
Place of Publication: New York (1994)
Edition: First Edition
Binding: Hardcover

Twenty-six intricate paper fold-outs, in pastel cards mounted in a red hardcover binding, Minimal handling, most "letters" have never been opened. This is a TRUE First Edition - Second Printing predates the limited edition of 1996 and later Scholastic printing.

Each letter of the alphabet has its own pop-up; each is perfectly intact, all mechanisms function well. Robert Sabuda is a leading children's pop-up book artist and paper engineer. His books, have been well received and critically acclaimed. Available here.
The 12 Days of Christmas
Robert Sabuda


Publisher: Hallmark Books/Simon & Schuster
Place of Publication: New York NY (2001)
Binding: Hardcover
Edition: First Printing
Signed by the Author

Near fine in illustrated boards with a green cloth spine. Originally published in 1996, this is a special edition licensed to Hallmark - slightly smaller in format, but still with the same wonderful pop-ups, including six double page spreads and six smaller pop-ups under flaps at the outer edge of each page. All pop-ups intact and in good working order. SIGNED by Sabuda inside the front cover with the words "Merry 12 days of Christmas!"
Available here. 
The Night Before Christmas 
by  Robert Sabuda   


Publisher: Little Simon/Simon & Schuster
Place of Publication: New York NY (2002)
Binding: Hardcover
Edition: First Edition

First edition thus. Square octavo. A pop-up book by Robert Sabuda. Fine.

Available here. 
Reproduction of a Meggendorfer Book of the 19th Century      
The Doll's House: A Reproduction of the Antique Pop-Up Book
By Lothar Meggendorfer

Publisher: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Place of Publication: New York NY (1978)
Binding: Hardcover
Edition: First Edition

Oblong octavo. Pictorial card covers. Covers lightly worn, else near fine. One of the original examples of a pop-up book by the father of all pop-up books, Meggendorfer. This unfolds to over four feet creating a doll house and revealing five old-fashioned domestic scenes connected by moveable doors. Available here.
 A Pop-Up Inspired by the Early Movable Books Employed to Teach
How Columbus Discovered America By Voitech Kubasta

Publisher: Artia/Bancroft, n.d.
Place of Publication: Prague & London (1960)
Binding: Hardcover
Edition: First Edition

Good only (moveable wheel on the front cover has become detached, has creases and is missing some of the knobs, blue cloth spine fraying. The Santa Maria ship pop-up is in fine condition complete with strings for the rigging, but the pop-ups for the other ships and the background need repair.) Despite the flaws in the condition, this is still a very attractive copy of an uncommon book. Eight pages of text plus a double page pop-up of the three ships. Bound in stiff illustrated cardboard with a cloth spine, Folio. Available here.
Four Books Continuing the Tradition of Creating Pop-Ups Based on Popular Titles   
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (A Pop-Up Adaptation)
by  Lewis Carroll, Robert Sabuda  

Publisher: Little Simon
Place of Publication: New York (2003)
Binding: Hardcover
Edition: First Edition

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is Robert Sabuda's most amazing creation ever, featuring stunning pop-ups illustrated in John Tenniel's classic style.

The text is faithful to Lewis Carroll's original story, and special effects like a Victorian peep show, multifaceted foil, and tactile elements make this a pop-up to read and admire again and again.
Available here. 
Winnie-The-Pooh: The Pop-Up Collection
by A. A. Milne  
Publisher: Dutton Children's Books
Place of Publication: New York (1994)
Binding: Hardcover 
Four pop-up books, all fine and in working order housed in a near fine cardboard carrying case with plastic handle, edges modestly worn.

The four books are:
  • Pooh Gets into a Tight Place
  • Tiggers Don't Climb Trees
  • Pooh and Piglet Nearly Catch a Woozle
  • Eeyore Loses a Tail

Available here. 

The Gingerbread Man
by Irana Shepherd
Publisher: Inervisual Communications, Inc. 
Place of Publication: Los Angeles CA (1990)
Binding: Hardcover
Edition: First Edition

Pop-up book. Slightly cocked spine, near fine. All mechanicals are in good working order.
Available here. 
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back - A Pop-Up Book
by Ib Penick
Publisher: Random House/Lucasfilm, Ltd.
Date of Publication: 1980
Binding: Hardcover

A pop-up book adaptation of the second film in the original Star Wars trilogy (now considered Episode V).
Available here. 
A Very Modern Pop-Up Based on an App: Designed Originally for Use with Computer Technology   
Spot the Dot by David A. Carter

Publisher: Scholastic
Place of Publication: New York NY (2013)
Binding: Hardcover
Edition: First Printing
Signed by Author/Illustrator

Carter adapts his award-winning app into a delightful book that plays with colors in a fun, hands-on way! For all ages - but toddlers and preschoolers especially will love this colorful adventure as they SPOT THE DOT hidden in lift-the-flaps, turn-wheels, pull-tabs, and a giant final pop-up. Available here.
A Young Person's Travel Book in Pop-Up 
Bill et Bob en Voyage de Vacances a Travers la Suisse
(Bill and Bob Spend a Holiday in Switzerland)

Publisher: Papyria
Place of Publication: Switzerland
Binding: Hardcover
Edition: First Edition

Card covers. Pop-up book. In French and English. Near fine. Cover edges rubbed. Spotting on rear cover. All pop-up mechanicals in working order. Available here.
For the Young Adult
by Stephen King

Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Place of Publication: New York (2004)
Binding: Hardcover
Edition: First Printing

King's first pop-up book, a grim fantasy. Nine-year-old Trisha McFarland strays from the path while hiking along the Appalachian Trail. Lost for days, wandering farther and farther astray, she has only her portable radio for comfort.

A huge fan of Tom Gordon, a Boston Red Sox relief pitcher, she listens to baseball games and fantasizes that her hero will save her. Nature isn't her only adversary, though - something dangerous may be tracking Trisha through the dark woods.

Text adaptation by Peter Abrahams. Illustrations by Alan Dingman. Paper engineering by Kees Moerbeek. Features seven large double page spreads and several smaller popups.
Available here.
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