Highlights Pop-Up Books in its Weekly Free Article

Dec. 11, 2006 – Dec. 11, 2006–You can’t tell a book by its cover. Or can you?

From the outside they look like plain old books. But open up a pop-up book and be prepared for just about anything to jump out at you. Little Red Riding Hood, Goldilocks or Godzilla wait impatiently inside like jack-in-the-boxes.

Testing boundaries, these bookish characters possess un-bookish characteristics. Flaps, revolving parts, and movable pieces give them the power to leap into life right before your eyes.

No one knows for sure who invented the first pop-up book, but they’ve been around since the 13th century embracing secret codes, telling fortunes and teaching anatomy.

In the beginning, they educated. It wasn’t until the 18th century they began to entertain too.

The movable books of the last 20 years have gotten more and more complex with sophisticated pop-up illustrations and intricate mechanical devices. Lights have been added and music too.

Wildly colorful, interactive, and cleverly animated, pop-up books are anything but ordinary. They’re gifted mechanical devices, hand assembled and not just for kids.

Many pop-up book collectors say there’s no such thing as finishing a collection. There’s always room for more.

Condition is the most important factor in any kind of book collecting. Pop-up books have got to be as close to the original condition as possible to maintain value. That means no reinforced pages or corners either.

On Aug. 10, PBA Galleries, San Francisco, offered a selection of pop-up books in its Books in All Fields auction.

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