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TOBEY, Caroline G.

Folding & Cutting.

Published: [late 19th/early 20th-century]

Stock code: 81508

Price: £975

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A nice collection of examples of patterns that can be made by cutting paper, for use at a Froebel kindergarten. With the engraved carte-de-visite of “Miss Caroline G. Tobey – Tuesday Afternoons” mounted on the front pastedown. Friedrich Fröbel (1782–1852) founded his first preschool, for which he coined the term kindergarten, in 1837 in Bad Blankenberg, Germany. Fröebel’s educational philosophy held that children should be taught with methods sympathetic to their natural curiosity and individual personalities, and he also developed some of the earliest educational toys, known as Fröebel gifts. His ideas became influential in Europe and the US, and today’s kindergartens are direct descendants of Fröebel’s. This volume of patterns for creative folding and cutting exercises would have been right at home in a Fröebel kindergarten.

Squarish landscape quarto (265 262 mm). Brown cloth, title in gilt to the upper board. 32 card leaves, in leporello hinged with linen, with 55 examples mounted. A little rubbed, linen judiciously renewed at the folds and connection to the lower board, leaves slightly browned at the margins. Excellent condition.

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