I find them fascinating. They are intricate solutions to design challenges – little machines made out of paper that magically transform from 2-dimensional to 3-dimensional as you turn the pages.
I have finally found what I think is the ultimate high-brow pop-up book. After all, it invokes The British Museum on the cover! The Ancient Egypt Pop-Up Book in association with The British Museum.
And it really is wonderful.
There is a marvelous pop-up Egyptian boat.
Complete with a shaduff on-shore, showing how the Egyptians raised water from the Nile for irrigation.
There is the warrior-Pharaoh Rameses II in his fighting chariot at the battle of Kadesh.
There is a wonderful 3-D depiction of Hatshepsut’s temple at Deir el-Bahri
Also included is a 3-D representation of Tut’s gold death-mask, and underneath, cleverly folded, is his mummified head.
Incidentally, in the background is a wonderful fold-out depiction of life in Ancient Rome, including views of the Senate, the colosseum, and daily life in a Roman villa.
The entire connected scene folds out to four feet long.
– Rob Shearer, Publisher