I haven’t seen many copies of the Theater Bilderbuch, and the (very few) antique ones that I have seen usually resemble the one on the V & A website.
[ Lucia Contreras Flores has an edition on her website that I have never seen before – you may need to scroll down the web-page to find it. ]
There are two modern editions that I know of –
- a German edition (ISBN 978-3480131631)
- an English language edition (ISBN 978-0722655368)
and these have been re-engineered to work on a smaller scale, and using much thinner materials, than the original publications.
In order to make my miniature version work (to my satisfaction) I had to re-work the original construction too.
My version was designed for 100 gsm paper (I use the smoothest, best quality that I can find.)
90 gsm paper (in my experience) tends to be a little bit too thin and “soft” and, with repeated opening and shutting of the book, quickly loses its crispness.
I am mentioning this here because I have been experimenting with some paper that was recommended by the printers who do most of my printing.
It is 90 gsm, comes on a large roll and is designed to go through a printer “under tension” – in other words it is thin, smooth and relatively tough. It also gives a superb print finish, with excellent colour reproduction.
The printers call it “proofing paper”.
I still don’t know much about it, but I am quietly excited by the possibilities it seems to offer.
In the following slideshow I am using that “proofing paper”.
I would still say that most 90 gsm papers are probably unsuitable for this project, but you may know of a paper, or discover one, that will work better for you than the 100 gsm that I recommend.
It is definitely worthwhile experimenting !
The pdf for this is here –
– and there is a page for those who like to Make and Do here.
I am going to repeat here what I have written there –
- Simply click on the link to open the pdf on-line. You can then print it without downloading it.
- If you want to save the pdf to your computer / a CD / data stick etc. you may do that too.
- You may use the contents of the pdf for yourself – and if you would like to make 10 of something and try selling them please go ahead, but do think first of all the other people who will be doing exactly the same thing.
- You may share these projects with your friends and family, and miniature club.
- You may link to them from your website / blog / satellite station, if you have one
- You may customise them.
- You may use them / the design ideas, in whole, or in part, as for inspiration for making your own things.
You may not copy the pdf, or the contents of the pdf, in whole, or in part, and re-sell them.
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I found the method used to construct the modern German edition of the Theater Bilderbuch very interesting.
The background scene, the text for one play and the front of the next theatre in the series are printed on one sheet and the various sheets are then folded round each other and glued together.
Technicalities aside, the way that the front of the theatre frames the scenes, so that the edges are hidden – even when viewed from an angle – and the way that the overall scene changes depending on the viewer’s position make this (for me) not only an extremely good example of paper engineering, but it is also a wonderful piece of “theatre” – in every sense of the word.
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